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5 James Bond Movie Gadgets That Became Everyday Realities

James Bond Spinning License Plates

Bond's Astin was setting more than a few trends when it showed up in Goldfinger, although its revolving license plates seemed far more promising at the time. Used by 007 to avoid the authorities by spinning plates with the flip of a switch, the audience mused at just how many rules of the road (like focusing on a hard-to-read GPS screen instead of traffic) could be ignored with such a gadget.

Apparently some did more than just imagine it. These spy-plates may not be commonplace in the United States (not that we would know) but overseas, they've become a scourge. In 2008, Chinese authorities reported that over 50% of cars caught by speed cameras were implementing either covered or counterfeit plates. Simply covering up plates is easy to spot, so speeders have concocted a new scheme: a remote control device that flips the plates in a matter of seconds.

That's right: James Bond's spinning license plates are now a reality, and being used to avoid speeding tickets. A bit anticlimactic, but still promising for the rest of the DB5's gadgets.

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