James Bond’s Last “Gadget” Phone: When Phones Were Fun (2006)

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[WHEN PHONES WERE FUN: SONY ERICSSON K800I]

That modern smartphone you love so much? Turns out it has a license to kill (to which the blood of many an erstwhile everyday accessory can testify). The point-and-shoot digital camera I took from high school to college? Dead. Those dashboard GPSes adorning road-trip minivans for half a decade? Terminated. Even the humble wristwatch has taken a beating under the brutal onslaught of the ubiquitous smartphone.

So it’s ironic that the movie that rebooted the James Bond franchise, with a new 007 who would ultimately carry us through the next 15 years, was the last film to give Bond a mobile phone that could still be considered a “gadget” in the best traditions of the franchise.

The year is 2006; the film is Casino Royale; and the mobile is the last truly “gadget-y” Bond phone: The Sony Ericsson K800i. Welcome back to “When Phones Were Fun.”


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TomTom is still very much in business; the narration in the above video refers to the dashboard-mounted GPS units with which its name was synonymous for many years. For the avoidance of confusion, TomTom can be found here: tomtom.com/en_us


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[ABOUT WHEN PHONES WERE FUN – JAMES BOND’S SONY ERICSSON K800I]

This is the fifteenth in a series of MrMobile videos exploring the mobile tech world's most vibrant period in design and experimentation. In “When Phones Were Fun,” Michael Fisher re-reviews cellphones from the golden age of mobile, the decade-long span from the turn of the century to approximately 2009.

When Phones Were Fun: Episode 15 features a Sony Ericsson K800i (Casino Royale / James Bond Special Edition) purchased by MrMobile / Future plc. No manufacturer or carrier paid a fee or otherwise offered compensation in exchange for this coverage (nor did any such company preview or approve this content before publication).


[LINKS]

“Casino Royale” [MGM]
mgm.com/movies/casino-royale-2...

007 x SPYSCAPE [James Bond Experience NYC]:
spyscape.com/nyc/007-x-spyscap...

“The Big Leap” [Hulu]:
hulu.com/series/the-big-leap-f...

Smartphones are killing the watch industry [New York Post]:
nypost.com/2016/03/31/smartpho...

Sony Ericsson t68i ad 2002 [mdftrasher]:
youtube.com/watch?v=mBrLoLRXMU

The Phone Commercials Classic [YouTube]:
youtube.com/channel/UC0-qpAPW8...

Sony Ericsson K800i Review [TechRadar]:
techradar.com/reviews/phones/m...

Samsung SPH-A800 / MM-A800 [PhoneScoop]:
phonescoop.com/phones/phone.ph...

TomTom:
tomtom.com/en_us

Sony’s Purpose [Sony]:
youtube.com/watch?v=CNwm-zCmlP...

Making the unimaginable possible [Ericsson]:
youtube.com/watch?v=XhnP1qVi2j...

NO TIME TO DIE | Lashana Lynch features in Nokia phones’ campaign [James Bond 007]:
youtube.com/watch?v=SMQ7JEk-Yd...


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