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How The Spy Revival is Influencing Spy Technology Today

Adrian Mudd   June 18, 2008

The anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth, a new Bond novel and the Daniel Craig effect have all conspired to create a Bond revival; it’s no wonder more fans are seeking out a real life spy gadgets.

Bond mania is sweeping the UK as fans celebrate the new Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks that sets out to mimic the original spy novels by Bond creator Ian Fleming. As well as the new Bond novel, the next Bond flick starring Daniel Craig is hot on its heels in the Quantum of Solace. But the real star of the Bond books and movies are the gadgets; and more people are shopping in specialist spy shops as 007 fans and spy aficionados join those who work in the security industries, searching out the latest spy equipment gadgets.

Finding the latest Spy Gadgets

Spy Technology has grown considerably in the 21st century and it is set to continue to grow far into the future. So what products are out there today for spy enthusiasts to use on a day to basis? Hidden listening devices and discreet hidden cameras and¬†surveillance products are at the height of spy sophistication nowadays. If the 70’s Bond could see us now!

As well as being able to buy some of the James Bond-style spy equipment, the Bond genre has inspired inventors and fans to create Bond-inspired gadgets. One remarkable story follows that of Frank Rinderknecht, who invented a car that could drive underwater, inspired by the film The Spy Who Loved Me. Although many Bond themed gadgets can be bought, this kind of invention is a unique one-off. Rinderknecht is a self-confessed Bond fanatic. In all likelihood he collects and buys spy gadgets from specialist spy shops and across the world, but buying an amphibious Lotus isn’t something you’d obtain over the counter; so Rinderknecht invented his own using a Lotus Elise.

Bond inspires Gadget Lovers

Fans of Bond can sometimes be found browsing through sales in gadgets and spy equipment often peak when a new Bond movie is released. Although spy equipment plays a crucial role in counter surveillance and security, some Bond fans just love to collect spy equipment and Bond-inspired gadgets. Rinderknecht took his fanaticism to new heights designing the aqua-car. The prototype cost ¬£750,000 to make and can dive to a depth of 10m. The designer told the Telegraph newspaper: ‘For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true…Everybody knows James Bond and the Esprit but it was always just fiction. We thought, ‘Let’s do something everybody knows but nobody has tried.”

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