007 wishlist

Drop-dead gorgeous can as easily describe James Bond as his car or watch. Not all the gizmos are available in India yet, but with online shopping and shipping, you can still lay your hands on them.

Brinda Vasudevan        Print Edition: November 27, 2008

Drop-dead gorgeous can as easily describe James Bond as his car or watch. So what if you can’t look as imperturbable as Pierce Brosnan or rise from the waves a la Daniel Craig. You can be Bond too—just equip yourself with some or all of these nifty gadgets and aids. Not all the gizmos are available in India yet, but with online shopping and shipping, you can still lay your hands on them.

Wireless cameras
pair of Swann cameras with night vision and auto-switching receiver will let you keep tabs on um… well, whoever you want. These can be easily concealed, so even if you aren’t Bond, you can use them in the office to keep your employees on their toes or at home to keep an eye on children (in pool, driveway or garden) or the elderly (in sick room).
Price: Rs 13,000

Spy gear
Sony is cashing in on the 007 craze with its VGN-UX007 James Bond 007 UX Spy Gear bundle. You get a pocket-sized VAIO UX Notebook PC, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and a Cybershot digital camera, all bundled in a 007 branded aluminium case. It’s available only in the US, so you’ll have to ask your kin to get it for you.
Price: Rs 1.1 lakh

Ingenious genius
101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius by Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan could be the wannabe Bond’s do-it-yourself Bible. The book is a goldmine of information that teaches you to make your own scanners, radios, eavesdropping and surveillance devices, night-vision aids and the like.
Price: Rs 1,500

 

 

I spy...
Even better than those predictable button cameras is this set of camera glasses. Simply press the shades’ arm to click up to 10,000 pictures (1 GB internal memory) at a decent 1.3 MP resolution. If you think it will attract unnecessary attention, there is a handy remote control that you can hide in your pocket. And if you want music, a set of headphones is incorporated. There’s not much more by way of multitasking that you could ask for.
Price: Rs 4,200

SIMple...
Remember when Bond tries to access Molaka’s SIM on M’s laptop in Casino Royale? He uses a ZiO FoneMate SIM Card Manager, which sells for around $25. Any electronics goods shop in India sells SIM card readers that can be plugged into the USB drive and allow you to read and modify the information in your SIM.
Price: Rs 800

Calling the shots
Possibly the most unethical thing to have, but spies have an iffy sense of ethics anyway, right? This one’s courtesy a Google ad—Bluetooth spy software for your mobile phone. Once the target phone has been remotely set, you do not need to be in the Bluetooth range to listen in.
Price: Rs 4,700

 

 

Lead on
Whether you’re driving a Ford or an Aston Martin, it helps if you know where you’re going. In Casino Royale, Bond used the GPS on his Sony Ericsson phone. In real life, try the equally snazzy looking Nokia 6210. Or pay a little more and get a standalone GPS unit for your car—but honestly, that doesn’t seem as cool.
Price: Rs 17,000

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