James Bond's Gadgets Don't Work And He Probably Has Chlamydia. Happy 50th Anniversary, 007!
Ian Fleming's super-spy James Bond celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first appearance on film this week (Dr. No, the first Bond film, released in 1962). To celebrate, 007 just got two harsh reality checks.
First, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to NPR about whether Bond's gadgets and weapons are realistic. The answer: sort of, but kinda no? For example, it's possible to create a ring that would emit a frequency high enough to break glass. But a watch that could create a magnetic field to deflect bullets? Said Tyson:
"I was younger at the time, of course, as was everyone who's watching it — but I knew that bullets are made of lead. Lead is not magnetic. So you're not deflecting bullets with your magnetic device. I'm sorry — all right, if bullets were made of nickel or cobalt or iron, yeah, then maybe it could do something. But no! I'm sorry. ... I didn't give him that one. I said, 'Nope, you messed up there.' "
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Then, there was an article about Bond's sex life. Comparisons of the films and various studies show that Bond is sexist, a man-whore, and also probably riddled with STDs.
"The likelihood of James Bond having chlamydia is extremely high," says Dr Sarah Jarvis, a general practitioner and regular guest on the BBC's The One Show. "If he came to my clinic I would definitely advise him to have an STI test."
The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, hits theaters later this month. Excited?
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