The Lektor Decoder. The Homing Pill. Skyhook. Everyone knows that 007 has used some cool high-tech gizmos and weapons over his career. But, you might not be aware that, back in the day, the CIA tried to copy a bunch of those gadgets for their own use. A professor at England’s Warwick University has discovered that the CIA copied a few of them for real-life secret agents to use.
"There was a surprising two-way influence between the CIA and the James Bond novels during the Cold War, stemming from the mutual admiration between CIA director Allen Dulles and Bond author Ian Fleming," said Dr Moran.
"This ranged from the copying of devices to the agency using the 007 novels to improve its public profile."
In an edition of Life magazine, from 1964, Dulles described his meeting with the "brilliant and witty" Fleming in London in 1959, where the author told him the CIA was not doing enough in the area of "special devices."