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The most enjoyable aspect of the six decades of Bond films is not the one-liners, the pulchritudinous females, the suave opulence or the baddies - it's the gadgets! James Bond would have died a thousand times had it not been for the genius of Major Boothroyd, aka Q, the brains behind the pen grenades, wristwatch super-magnets and weaponised or submarine-enabled sports cars. Barry Parker delightfully explains the physics behind and the feasibility of some of the best-loved. Employing sketches, non-technical language and just enough comprehensible physics to pique our interest, here are the all-time great gizmos and stunts dissected. The laser beam that Auric Goldfinger had creeping up inexorably toward Bond's nether regions would actually be invisible, but nevertheless could have melted gold. The transition from Lotus Esprit to submarine, "Wet Nellie" in The Spy Who Loved Me, required five cars to film and the final car did actually work as a submarine, with quite a respectable turn of speed. Roger Moore's amazing barrel roll river jump (with the hapless Sheriff JW Pepper next to him) in The Man with the Golden Gun was not faked - it was performed by stunt driver JW Mulligan in one take (obviously!) after painstaking calculations of velocity, ramp angle and twist - hats off to that man! Parker lists, in his entirely subjective opinion, the best films, actors, villains, cars, gadgets, chases, stunts and action scenes - see if you agree! 231pp, b/w illus.

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