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James Bond's gadgets 'copied by CIA'

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The real-life intelligence agents of the CIA tried to copy the gadgets used in James Bond movies, research from the University of Warwick suggests.

Prof Christopher Moran, an expert in US national security, has been studying the friendship between the director of the CIA and Bond author Ian Fleming.

He says CIA boss Allen Dulles was fascinated with the fictional spy. Prof Moran says he has found a "surprising two-way influence between the CIA and the James Bond novels".

His study of declassified letters and writing by Dulles, director of the CIA in the 1950s, has shown how much the professional spies of the Cold War wanted to emulate the gadget-powered success of the fictional agent James Bond.

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Dulles and Fleming first met in the late 1950s and Prof Moran says that an unexpected exchange of ideas resulted - with the CIA wanting to experiment with Bond-style technology and the author shifting to give a much more favourable account of the CIA in his novels.

"After meetings with Fleming, Dulles couldn't resist going back to the CIA's engineers and technicians and saying, 'Can you do this?'," says Prof Moran, assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23346632

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Florida police trial James Bond-style vehicle tracking darts

A James Bond-style GPS tracking device being deployed by police in Florida is enabling officers to follow a vehicle without the need for a potentially dangerous high-speed pursuit.

The device shoots a dart at a target car, which once attached can be tracked via a secure website, says Officer Paul McWade of the St. Petersburg Police department.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28996713

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It's not really surprising, given that real life inventions have often been suggested by science fiction.

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It's not really surprising, given that real life inventions have often been suggested by science fiction.

Yeah, what's new?...

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Well Star Trek had a heavy influence on modern tech from our current tablets to flip phones to being able to play music on a computer.

No surprise James Bond had a similar effect in the spy community.

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Do recall that during a showing of Thunderball the film makers were asked about the mini aqua lung by those in intelligence how long it worked for. Only to be told as long as a man can hold his breath!

All this begs a question. If most of the Bond tech is just movie make believe, then what are the security services using that the films have not thought up? And inspires who? The films or real life?!!

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