INT. CLOSURE AROUND THE SECRET BASE – NIGHT
James Bond is a silhouette against a dark forest, as he tiptoes along a chain link fence – through the cracks in the fence we see the spiers of a gray factory advancing in the starry night sky.
Bond rummages in his pocket and pulls out a smartphone. It’s a Sony Xperia 1 IV, because Bond gets the first dibs on newer phones. He holds it landscape, pointing it at the buildings.
PHONE SCREEN: We see the camera app. Bond’s fingers pinch and drag to zoom. They do it again, and we see the factory taking up the majority of the display. Bond’s finger presses the shutter button and the screen flashes to indicate the photo has been taken.
We see Bond’s face as he narrows his eyes at the screen, as the device light flashes across his face.
PHONE SCREEN: We are looking at the Gallery app. Bond selects his recent photo and it appears large on the screen. The finger presses the send button, and on the list of options that appears we see a WhatsApp icon with the face of Q. Bond selects it and adds the message “Wish u was ere”, then puts the phone away.
Okay, okay – we’ve never seen a smartphone used like this in a James Bond movie. In fact, in your day to day life you are probably using smarter processing, connectivity, and photography technology than 007 in a movie or book. But the Bond films have a history of cellphones at this point, fitting into his selection of gadgets as the series entered the modern era.
Since Brosnan’s time, Bond films have become glorified product placement reels, with stories seemingly written to give 007 moments to look cool with all the products Eon was paid to show. . Along with mediocre lager beers and expensive watches, cell phones are among the commodities one often sees in the hands of 007 and her comrades.
As the distributor of most of Daniel Craig Bond’s films, Sony has a lot of devices in these films – although it’s not the only company to have its devices in Bond’s palm. In No Time To Die, it’s HMD Global (maker of Nokia phones) that takes the podium – more like Nokia Time To Die.
James Bond is a bit of a technophobe, if you can call a gadget super spy he barely uses his smartphones for anything other than calling and texting, with a few secret functions hidden in these devices. We’ve never even seen him play Snake, Angry Birds, or Call of Duty: Mobile. He would probably kill the latter.
To celebrate the latest movie, we’ve gone through all of the movies in which 007 or her mates have used a cell phone, so you can see how the character went from old brick phones to … well, older Sony phones. .
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Tomorrow never dies: Sony Ericsson JB988
Bond’s first recognizable motive is one that doesn’t actually exist. The Sony Ericsson JB988 was designed by Sony explicitly for Tomorrow Never Dies, and it’s not even a spin-off of an existing device, as the J-series was designed for kids and only hit 300’s. anyway (yes, we get the ‘JB suffix’ though).
It’s probably a good thing that this phone has never been on the market, as some of its notable features include a 20,000 volt taser and a remote control for Bond’s BMW. These characteristics in the hands of the public would cause chaos. Well: it really puts the functionality in ‘feature phone’.
Die Another Day: Sony Ericsson T68i and P800
Although Bond did a digital detox in The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, another character stepped up to make sure product placement doesn’t stop. The Sony Ericsson T68i was used by Jinx, the character of Halle Berry, although it was literally used as a bomb, which is not the best advertisement in the world.
The bigger phone in the photo, however, was the Ericsson P800 used by Rick Yune’s character Zao (the guy with all the diamonds encrusted on his face). This plays an important role, as this is how the villain receives information about James Bond early on, including a crisp, low-res portrayal of Pierce Brosnan that would have looked great in 2002 when the film was released.
Casino Royale: Sony Ericsson K800i and M600i
There are two Ericsson phones with a keypad in Casino Royale: the K800i used by Bond himself and the M600i used by Vespa Lynd by Eva Green.
The K800i doesn’t do much in the movie, although Sony did push the link for marketing the phone, which also touted the devices as (at least at the time) a competitive camera phone. The M600i is much more important, as Bond reads a text Lynd receives towards the end of the film, for important information.
None of these uses exactly scream “super spy,” but Daniel Craig’s debut film marked a point where product placements went from a “boring part of the movie you can ignore” to “essentially the sole reason. for which they do these things “.
Quantum of Solace: Sony Ericsson C902 Cybershot
James Bond actually remembered using his phone in Quantum of Solace, taking pictures of things with the C902’s 5MP camera, and taking a few calls as well. Nice work, Jimmy.
The special edition version of the phone that 007 uses actually has a James Bond game pre-installed. So we can only assume that the spy stumbled upon it and found out that he was a fictional character, like a twisted version of Stranger Than Fiction but with an Ericsson phone instead of Emma Thompson.
Skyfall: Sony Xperia T
007 finally joined the smartphone world with Skyfall, as the spy carried and used the Xperia T Android. In fact, it was the center of a huge promotion for the Xperia T, with Sony calling it the ‘Bond phone’.
In Skyfall, Bond doesn’t do much with the Xperia T – he gets a text message with it at one point, showing off one of the flashiest features on the Sony phone for… receiving text messages. He didn’t even try snapping a photo with his 13MP camera or looking at secret files on his (then crisp) 720p display. Disappointing.
Spectrum: Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung GT-S5611
Move around, text in Skyfall, because Bond has an even cooler thing to do with the Sony Xperia Z5 in Specter – or should we say, caller! Bond is seen calling Moneypenny on the Z5 as he zooms in in a car chase, and the phone hardly reappears. Not exactly the flashy spy experience we were expecting.
In the movie, we also get a rare glimpse of a non-Sony phone as well, as the Samsung GT-S5611 multifunction phone pops up and actually has more plot relevance than the Sony. Bond sends it to Moneypenny so he can continue communicating with her when it’s dark, and disguises him so no one can tell. This is what we call espionage. Naturally, the Samsung logo was hidden in the film, however – Sony clearly couldn’t let a single image of a competitor’s logo enter the film.
No time to die: uh, something from Nokia?
When No Time To Die was originally due out, HMD Global’s product placements meant that a Nokia phone would be used by Bond – maybe it could do something super futuristic like access the internet or charge it, judging by other Craig movies.
At the time, the Nokia 8.3 5G was advertised as the Link, as it was the brand’s latest device. With Bond 25 delayed, however, this handset is no longer new. The Nokia XR20 rugged phone is the brand’s newest “big phone”, but that is not the case in No Time To Die – the old 8.3 remains, alongside a cute Nokia 3310 cameo (that’s the famous brick phone that everyone owns at least once).