THE PLOT THUS FAR
His charm was legendary, but his gadgets – they were the slickest, most sophisticated devices in the world. So whether British Secret Agent 007 was on a top-secret, spy mission or eavesdropping on some clever villain, he always packed the most advanced, high-tech tools that ever graced the silver screen. James Bond had all the ladies and all the toys. Once you see the extent of his gadget collection, you’ll see that it’s not that easy to save the world.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“James Bond Gadgets” is a rather short program divided into two segments that focus on the classic Bond gadgets. The two shorter documentaries originally aired in 2002 and 2004. When you put them together, it looks like two documentaries that cover the same material. However, it’s the kind of stuff that gets people excited right before a major motion picture release. For the younger readers, they used to do this kind of stuff all over the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Then, DVDs started packaging this junk as special features.
For those that are new to Bond, this stuff will feel trivial. However, kids will like the stuff about jetpacks and killer sleds. That’s where this release will benefit everyone, as it is short enough to capture young imaginations. Plus, it’s fun to put on for geeky older adults and watch them throw a fit when someone calls something the wrong name. Oh, I have to find new ways to entertain myself.
The DVD comes with a bonus Biography episode about Ian Fleming. The A/V Quality is pretty strong with a Dolby track that provides an average soundstage. The transfer runs the gamut without ever really impressing anyone. Still, it’s nice for those that are on a “Skyfall” kick. I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 09/18/2012