Death Rays, Jet Packs, Stunts, and Supercars: The Fantastic Physics of Film's Most Celebrated Secret Agent (Hardcover)

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The physics behind Bond, James Bond.

James Bond would have died a thousand deaths if not for Q, the genius behind the pen grenades and weaponized sports cars that have helped Britain's most famous secret agent cheat death in twenty films. Here Barry Parker demonstrates how science and technology have been as important to 007 as good looks, shaken martinis, and beautiful women.

Using entertaining sketches and nontechnical language, Parker explains the basic physics behind the gadgets, cars, and stunts in a number of Bond films, from the jet packs in Thunderball to the dynamics of daredevil bungee jumping in GoldenEye.

If you've ever wondered whether the laser could have actually cut Bond in half (Goldfinger), if a wristwatch could really unzip a woman's dress (Live and Let Die), or whether your car could do the 360-degree barrel roll from The Man with the Golden Gun, this book is for you.

Top 5 Bond Stunts of All Time
Q and His "Amazing" Devices
The Bond Cars in All Their Glory
Moonraker and Bond in Space
The Walther PPK and the Ballistics of Bond
The Neptune and Battles Aquatic

About the Author


Barry Parker is a professor emeritus of physics at Idaho State University and the author of The Isaac Newton School of Driving, also available from Johns Hopkins.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780801882487
ISBN-10: 0801882486
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2005
Pages: 248
Language: English