From Russia With Love Gadgets
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Two Way Mirror
The exhaustive litany of gadgets takes a break until we see Klebb and Grant peering through a two way mirror at Tatiana Romanova and our action hero getting it on. It’s all a bit Peeping Tom really.
Now, Bond was very careful with his bug sweeping earlier, but the lure of action caused him to drop his guard. Hardly surprising, I suppose, it’s not every day that you come home from a hard day’s spying to find a beautiful stranger in your bed.
If only he had taken time to try the fingernail test he could have wrapped the case up in no time.
For the uninitiated, you place your finger nail against a mirror – if there is a gap between said fingernail and reflective image it is a regular mirror. If the image touches your fingernail, it is a two way mirror. Having said that, 007 probably had Tatiana to think about rather than who might be watching.
One Way Mirror?
Scientifically, a two way mirror is also known as a one way mirror. We have no idea why.
The way it works is when one side of the mirror is lit brightly and the other side is dark, a viewer can stand on the dark side and see the action through the mirror, while those on the other side cannot see back.
The principle is actually quite simple. The layer of aluminium that is placed as the back of an ordinary mirror, is extra thing, virtually transparent - the resulting effect is that a mirror is created on one side and on the reverse the aluminium is sufficiently see through, for the viewer to literally, see through.