From Russia With Love Gadgets
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We are introduced to the first From Russia With Love gadget as early as the opening sequence, when Robert’s Shaw’s ‘Red Grant’ character uses a wire garrotte that extends from his watch to kill the fake James Bond.
An ingenious and deadly device, and perhaps a small homage to the garrotte wire bootlaces of the Second World War.
The garotte, as a weapon, has been used for many centuries. In its simplest form it would be a rope or a scarf.
A form of garotte, which included a chair with a metal shackle like device that went around the neck and featured the gradual turn of a wheel or stock at the back of the device until the neck crushed. Such an instrument of death was used in The World Is Not Enough - you can read more HERE - It was commonly used for executions in Spain and was not abolished until 1978.
The weapon became popular as a silent assassination device during the Second World War and it was used as an ingenious device when used within ordinary looking boot laces for military personnel.
While we would not advocate DIY garottes, it is said that piano wire was commonly used in the Vietnam War.