In this week's post, in preparation for the release of my spy thriller short "Kill Code" this Thursday, I'm contemplating the best (and most useful) spy gadgets.
5) The shoe phone
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I rank the shoe phone at the bottom of the list. Now, I know when Get Smart came out that cell phones were rarely--if ever--used, and I also understand that many of you are fans of the shoe phone as an iconic gadget. But when the novelty of the shoe phone is removed, it ends up being a rather unnecessary device in the modern world. I suppose there is an element of convenience in that you don't have to carry around a mobile phone with you, but in reality, it's not that much extra baggage.
4) Exploding gum
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Before you complain that I ranked this Mission: Impossible favorite at #4, let me explain. Is it an absolute marvel of chemistry? Yes. Is it totally useful for a spy? Yes. Really, the only reason this gets ranked at #4 is because I love the following gadgets so much. At any rate, if you're a spy, you should get in quietly and go out with a bang. The exploding chewing gum is the way to go out with a bang--discreetly.
3) Video contacts
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In my mind, this gadget from I Spy is a must-have. The better feedback that the agents helping you back at HQ can get, the better off you, the field agent, are. The video contacts, with audio capability as well, free up field agents from the suspicion of wearing an in-ear comm or glasses. Granted, this isn't such a far-fetched idea: Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. (Google's parent company), has already filed a patent on this idea. Who knows, maybe one day contacts will rid us of cell phones forever?
2) Mask maker
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That's right, another Mission: Impossible toy takes the number 2 slot. But this isn't just any old toy: this device can make anyone look like--well, anyone. Wanna look like Brad Pitt? Or Scarlett Johansson? This machine makes it all possible. We can all see the usefulness for a spy; but, admit it, at some point, you've wished that you could trick your friends into thinking you're someone else. (Side note: "Kill Code" will feature a similar device in Part IV, so stay tuned!)
1) The neuralizer
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Occupying the #1 spot is the infamous Neuralizer from Men in Black. The MIB swoop in, get what they need, and no one remembers a thing. Again, I rank this at number one for not only its usefulness in the world of espionage, but also its practicality in everyday life. We've all had embarrassing moments that we wish everyone would just forget. With the press of a button, this device accomplishes just that. Just make sure you have it pointed the right way...
There it is: the best spy gadgets ranked. So what do you think? Did I rank everything as you would have? Was there a device I should have featured? Let me know in the comments!
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