Die Another Day Gadgets
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Unbreakable Glass Smashing Ring
The new ‘Quartermaster’ (Bond isn’t comfortable calling John Cleese, Q, just yet), then takes “Double O Zero”, as he calls the inactive spy, on a tour of his new underground Q Branch.
As it is a celebration of forty years of Bond movies, we get to see that the Thunderball Bell Rocket Belt still works, that Rosa Klebb’s knife emitting shoe still has a faint whiff of Russian baddie about it and the underwater crocodile canoe thing from Octopussy and the tiny plane from A View To A Kill are taking up a bit more space than is available.
Cleese is a rather under-rated British actor, as his performance proves. Part homage, part exaggeration, part superiority, this is very much a new old Q. The sadly deceased Desmond Llewelyn would have surely been proud that his creation had remained in character.
“One pane, unbreakable glass. One standard issue ring finger. Twist, so. Voila.”
The abbreviated delivery is the same, and the tech is as great as ever.
The pane of glass smashes into thousands of pieces and Q explains, “Ultra high frequency single digit sonic agitator unit.”
007: “You know, you’re cleverer than you look.”
Q: “Still, better than looking cleverer than you are.”
Oh yes, we most certainly have a new Q.