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Top Gear drives Bond’s Aston DB5

Drive a decent ‘classic’ car and the odds are you’ll be confronted by an enormous, wood-rimmed wheel, through which you can sense everything. Forget the faddish modern item, with its over-nourished rim and fancy electro-hydraulic gubbins: this is what steering feel really means.
An Aston Martin DB5 is unquestionably a decent classic. It’s also a truly beautiful object. This is actually the second one I’ve driven. It rained the first time I tried one, and every greasy roundabout redefined the meaning of the word fear.
Words: Jason Barlow

Top Gear drives Bond’s Aston DB5

Drive a decent ‘classic’ car and the odds are you’ll be confronted by an enormous, wood-rimmed wheel, through which you can sense everything. Forget the faddish modern item, with its over-nourished rim and fancy electro-hydraulic gubbins: this is what steering feel really means.

An Aston Martin DB5 is unquestionably a decent classic. It’s also a truly beautiful object. This is actually the second one I’ve driven. It rained the first time I tried one, and every greasy roundabout redefined the meaning of the word fear.

Words: Jason Barlow

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John  Strangways’ secretary Mary Trueblood (Dolores Keator)

Every night at around 6:30, the MI6 representative of Jamaica John  Strangways would leave his game of bridge and head out to his  bungalow. His secretary Mary Trueblood would be waiting, preparing the  communications so that Strangways could signal in his report as soon as  he arrived.
She would signal the communications base, saying “W6N calling G7W”.  W6N being the Jamaican base and G7W being the London base. If the call  was interrupted or if Strangways didn’t report by the “red call” at  7:30, the communications would be severed permanently, and an emergency  alarm raised.
The actual communications equipment used in Jamaica was a K.W.  Vanguard high frequency transmitter (shown on the left) and an Eddystone  840/A transmitter, which wasn’t actually used in the film but was  located on the right of the Vangaurd (shown in the middle image).
At the G7W London base, presumably the global communications base for  MI6, they were using Racal RA-117 transmitters (Each operator seemingly  having two each). When Strangway’s secretary was killed, the Jamaica  line was cut off and M was alerted of the situation.

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Strangway’s cottage, where his secretary is offed and Bond later picks  up a clue, stood on Kinsale Street, north of Kingston in the foothills of the Blue Mountains  but, sadly, it’s now gone.

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John Strangways’ secretary Mary Trueblood (Dolores Keator)

Every night at around 6:30, the MI6 representative of Jamaica John Strangways would leave his game of bridge and head out to his bungalow. His secretary Mary Trueblood would be waiting, preparing the communications so that Strangways could signal in his report as soon as he arrived.

She would signal the communications base, saying “W6N calling G7W”. W6N being the Jamaican base and G7W being the London base. If the call was interrupted or if Strangways didn’t report by the “red call” at 7:30, the communications would be severed permanently, and an emergency alarm raised.

The actual communications equipment used in Jamaica was a K.W. Vanguard high frequency transmitter (shown on the left) and an Eddystone 840/A transmitter, which wasn’t actually used in the film but was located on the right of the Vangaurd (shown in the middle image).

At the G7W London base, presumably the global communications base for MI6, they were using Racal RA-117 transmitters (Each operator seemingly having two each). When Strangway’s secretary was killed, the Jamaica line was cut off and M was alerted of the situation.

James Bond Gadgets - Dr. No Gadgets - Communication @ 007 James

Strangway’s cottage, where his secretary is offed and Bond later picks up a clue, stood on Kinsale Street, north of Kingston in the foothills of the Blue Mountains but, sadly, it’s now gone.

from The Worldwide Guides to Movie Locations

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