Advanced gadgetry and vehicles are a defining characteristic of the James Bond franchise, so what spy gear can be expected from No Time To Die? Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the iconic 007 will conclude his multi-film character arc and, as evidenced by promotional material, see the death of Craig’s Bond. The film will also reference and honor past Bond films, including those of the original multi-actor continuity, which lasted from 1962 to 2002. The trailers have also revealed a plethora of advanced technology, particularly vehicles, that are sure to make No Time To Die a satisfyingly action-packed ending to Craig’s tenure.
Since his beginning, James Bond cemented numerous spy fiction tropes in the eyes of pop culture. Among these are advanced weapons and tools disguised as mundane objects. MI6 and their adversaries hide firearms, explosives, and non-lethal gadgetry in such objects as wristwatches, pens, or cigarettes. Bond and his enemies are also renowned for building such technology into vehicles, making for exciting chase sequences. The original 20 films embraced the escapism of Bond’s escapades, increasing the outlandishness of his gear until his arsenal included laser beam wristwatches and invisible sportscars.
In 2006, the original Bond continuity was rebooted with an adaptation of the novel, Casino Royale, which returned Bond to a more grounded character, depicting his origins as an M16 agent and characterizing him as tortured and melancholic like Fleming’s novels. While the Craig era included numerous gadgets and vehicles, they were far less outlandish than the previous eras with Bond’s first car containing nothing more than a secret compartment for a defibrillator and a spare firearm. Later films would include miniaturized tracking devices and compact (and occasionally disguised) explosives, keeping with the more realistic tone of the Craig era films. No Time To Die looks to be delving into slightly more advanced tech, while retaining its relatively grounded feel.
Aston Martin DB5
James Bond’s first and most recognizable gadget-laden vehicle is his oft-seen 1962 Aston Martin DB5. The stylish sportscar is heavily armed with machine guns, smoke and oil dispensers, tracking devices, bulletproof screens and glass, and an infamous ejector seat. The iconic vehicle debuted in Goldfinger, being put to good use against the titular villain’s enforcers. The car’s first action scene since Thunderball, however, was in Skyfall, where Bond used its weaponry against Raoul Silva’s forces. The famous car will reappear in No Time To Die, and its offensive and defensive gadgets have been upgraded.
In the first trailer for No Time To Die, a small device can be seen unraveling. It appears to fire bullets or explosives but is quickly consumed by a plume of flames. Given the lack of context in the footage, it’s unclear if the weapon is a security device in the building or was planted by the building’s invaders. Moreover, it’s not clear if it belongs to M16 or No Time To Die‘s villain, Lyutsifer Safin and his henchmen. Though this is the device’s first (and likely only) appearance, advanced and hidden lethal weapons are a mainstay for the 007 film franchise, often used by villains to brutally execute their enemies (or unsuccessful subordinates).
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The first new vehicle seen in No Time To Die’s trailers is an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, a modern Aston Martin car, and the personal vehicle of Lashana Lynch’s Nomi. Nomi seems to be positioned as the next great M16 agent and a worthy successor to Bond, so she fittingly drives a cutting-edge Aston Martin. The vehicle’s full capabilities and gadgetry are unknown for now, but it’s reasonable to assume that Q Branch has modified the car to include advanced offensive and defensive additions. The trailers don’t show the car being used in any action scenes, but it can be assumed that Lashana Lynch’s potential spinoff star Nomi will demonstrate its Q Branch modifications in the film.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Like the DB5, No Time To Die will include another classic Bond vehicle from the previous continuity, this time the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, as seen in 1987’s The Living Daylights from the Timothy Dalton era. In its debut, the V8 Vantage included even more advanced weaponry than the DB5, with forward-firing missiles, cutting laser beams, and an emergency self-destruct system. The car was protected by reinforced glass, tire spikes, and retractable skis. The trailers once again don’t show this vehicle in a combat scenario, but should Bond use it against Safin’s forces, Q Branch may have upgraded its gadgetry as they did for the DB5.
Aston Martin Valhalla
Another modern vehicle, the Aston Martin Valhalla, will appear in No Time To Die. The car was only briefly shown in the trailers, and considering the inclusion of two classic Bond cars and Nomi’s new one, the Valhalla may be an ordinary, albeit stylish, car that lacks any Q Branch modifications. This isn’t unheard of in the Bond franchise, as there are notable instances where Bond is forced to drive a useful but otherwise normal car when his gadget-laden ones are destroyed or otherwise unavailable. One such example was in For Your Eyes Only, where Bond’s Lotus Esprit Turbo is destroyed via its self-destruct mechanism.
Another Bond mainstay is doomsday devices employed by 007’s adversaries. From diamond-laden satellite-based weapons to SPECTRE spacecraft, 007’s villains can often match M16 in advanced weaponry. No Time To Die’s antagonist, Lyutsifer Safin, is no exception. Safin’s forces employ a large explosive device that drops down an elevator shaft, releasing miniature explosives throughout its descent. This weapon is highlighted in several trailers, but its full capabilities, additional uses, and how it relates to Safin’s plans are currently unknown.
A new vehicle is shown multiple times in No Time To Die’s trailers, an unnamed folding glider in which Nomi and Bond travel together. The vehicle is highly versatile, deploying from an airplane and retracting its wings to become a submersible vehicle. This advanced vehicle is currently unnamed and its offensive and defensive gadgetry are unknown, but the trailers suggest that it’s a personal creation of Ben Whishaw’s Q. The folding glider seems reminiscent of “Little Nellie,” a gyrocopter with a veritable arsenal of weapons, as shown in 1967’s You Only Live Twice. This once again demonstrates how No Time To Die honors the Bond franchise’s long history of vehicles and advanced gadgets.
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