Kathryn Harkup

Superspy Science

Science, Death and Tech in the World of James Bond



Superspy Science by Kathryn Harkup dives into the science of James Bond’s world, from his tactics to enemy tech. Exploring if Bond villains could truly conquer the world, the real-life feasibility of Bond’s weapons, and the science behind his narrow escapes, it’s a deep dive into 007’s thrilling universe.

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Number of pages: 400

Published: 01 September 2022

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The science behind James Bond’s exploits – armaments, tactics, plots and enemy tech.

The adventures of James Bond have thrilled readers since Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale was published in 1953, and when the movie of Dr No was released in 1962, Bond quickly became the world’s favourite secret agent.

Science and technology have always been central to the plots that make up the world of Bond, and in Superspy Science Kathryn Harkup explores the full range of 007’s exploits and the arms, technologies, tactics and downfalls of his various foes. From the practicalities of building a volcano-based lair, to whether being covered in gold paint really will kill you, and – if your plan is to take over the world – whether it is better to use bacteria, bombs, or poison – this book has all the answers and more.

Could our favourite Bond villains actually achieve world domination? Were the huge variety of weapons and technology in Bond’s arsenal from both the films and books ever actually developed in real life? And would 007 actually escape all those close shaves intact? From the plots to the gadgets to the ludicrous ways that his life is threatened, Superspy Science takes an in-depth look at the scientific world of James Bond.

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Weight 510 g
Dimensions 22.2 × 14 cm