Pay attention, 007!
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Some of the most memorable gadgets in James Bond movies were prototypes seen only briefly in the traditional scene-setting tour of the Q Branch laboratory, or on the rare occasions when Q himself accompanied Bond on a mission. Ingenious as they were, not all proved to be an unqualified success.
A missile launcher cunningly disguised as a leg cast and demonstrated by Q to a bemused Pierce Brosnan in ‘GoldenEye’ was one of several bright ideas that didn’t make it into the field.
The lethal properties of a bagpipe flamethrower and machine gun were seen briefly in ‘The World is Not Enough’.
Desmond Llewelyn played Q in numerous Bond films and is the actor most closely associated with the character.
“Experimental model!” is Q’s comment when a mechanised Indian rope trick fails to deploy in ‘Octopussy’.
An exploding alarm clock “guaranteed never to wake up anybody who uses it” is part of Q’s luggage in ‘Licence to Kill’.
This deadly umbrella from ‘For Your Eyes Only’ has hooked spikes around the edge that close around the victim’s neck.
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