Behind ''The Science of James Bond''
The most famous agent in the employ of Her Majesty's Secret Service has a weakness for fast cars, beautiful women, shaken martinis, and, of course, over-the-top gadgetry. In The Science of James Bond (paperback), Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg separate the truth from the Dr. No-no's.
The jet pack Sean Connery uses at the start of Thunderball was a real, functioning unit. But since the pack carried only enough fuel for 20-second flights, the concept never caught on.
Know all those tiny transmitters and cameras that Q devises for Bond? Top researchers are now working to embed up to 70 transistors in a ''cross-section of a human hair.''
An atomic bomb detonated inside Fort Knox would not render the gold bars radioactive for 58 years, as supervillain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) claimed in Goldfinger, but would turn the bullion into liquid mercury.
Despite Goldfinger's horrific death, a bullet hole in the cabin of a plane cruising at high altitude likely would have little effect on its airworthiness.