The Spy Who Loved Me Gadgets
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Ski Pole Gun
We will presume that on Bond’s speedy departure from the ski lodge in the opening credits that he was on annual leave and had fully equipped himself for every eventuality. After all, it is unlikely that the local hire shop would have supplied him with a Ski Pole Rifle.
However, this possibility is slightly contradicted by the sartorial eloquence of the scene. The man with the most developed tastes and style in movie history would surely not have been seen wearing an all in one canary yellow ski suit in any era.
The Ski Pole is a solid gadget, and an advancement of Q Branch’s work, where the staff had been beavering away putting guns in all sorts of things, as we saw in The Man with the Golden Gun.
It was also a great opening scene with some fabulous backwards skiing and of course, the Union Jacket Parachute – the finest entrance 007 had made to the opening credits music so far.
For regular skiers it is probably a good thing that ski poles do not come with guns. The slopes would be carnage. You can however buy perfectly good ski poles without guns. You can also buy some fabulously garish ski wear. So, although yellow is not currently the most popular, you should be able to add a bit of fluorescence until the fashions change.
Most prefer to hire their ski gear when they get to resort, but it is often less expensive and easier to find equipment of your preference if you hire before you travel. Such services are below.