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Spy Cameras

Seldom are you able to find a person who is not fascinated with all of the Spy gadgetsand other superb gizmos featured in spy action and adventure films folks have come to like over the years. These spy gadgets and gizmos can do anything from recording videos and talks to shooting rockets from a belt pocket. Try to imagine the happiness these folk would feel upon discovering that these very same spy gadgets are available now in today's market except perhaps for the rocket shooting part.

Spy gadgets are great tools for surveillance and security operations and are used at length by law enforcement agencies, security companies, and private detectives. The fabulously affordable prices of these devices also made them more available to run-of-the-mill people that anybody can order these products on the internet and use them for a range of applications.

These products are good for surveillance work and monitoring criminal activities. Ordinary individuals can use these tools to check on cheating spouses, wayward nannies, and stealing workers. These gadgets may also be used to make provision for providing further security to homes and companies. What makes these spy gadgets effective is their capability to be simply hid or camouflaged. Spy cameras would be at the very top of list of top selling masked spy gadgets in the market.

Spy cameras has this unique characteristic of being simply hid or concealed with another gadget, appliance or object that folks don't normally expect to have a camera concealed beneath its parts. These spy cameras are wireless in operations and usually have radio, Wi-Fi or GSM connectivity. This dearth of wires and connectors make them more mobile and more easily concealable.

These characteristic make them glorious tools for surveillance work particularly in places or areas where standard cameras could not be simply installed or used. Here are seventeen different sorts of camouflaged spy cameras and their inventive disguises:

* Tie Pin - Putting cameras or bugs straight in clothing is an excellent way to camouflage these widgets but if this is not convenient, putting them within accessories like tie pins, cuff links, brooches, and other similar items would be better options.

* Calculator - Calculators are standard tools or devices in any home or office so they might be perfect items to place a concealed camera or bug and can simply be moved around to get the best viewpoint.

* Cell-phone - Almost anybody is carrying a mobile phone today so it will not awaken suspicion if people find you using your cell-phone but do not realize that you take footage or videos without them noticing it.

* Pot Plant - Plants are good locations to camouflage spy cameras as they would always blend in within any room and have a good vantage point to capture images of folk or objects within the room.

* Stick of Gum - who'd have thought that an innocent-looking pack of gum sticks, would be provided with an in-built spy camera? Just like in the pictures, these gum sticks can be carried anywhere and placed strategically to capture good images of folk or areas without any person spotting it.

* Ciggie Pack - Just like a pack of gum with a concealed spy camera, a pack of cigarettes would also be another perfect place to place a spy camera which you can bring and use on surveillance and monitoring work.

* Cig Lighter - you seem to have a stick of gum and a cigarette pack so make it complete by including a cigarette lighter you can use to not only light up your cigarette but also take photographs or videos of a person, place or object without anybody having any idea what it is you are actually doing.

* Button - Spy cameras placed within clothing is a good way to camouflage these spy gadgets and disguising them as buttons would be the ideal place where these gadgets can be inserted.

* Cap - Spy cameras can be placed as part of the planning of the hat permitting users to capture pictures and get footages of folk or areas where the hat is facing at.

* T-shirt - Shirts and other clothing can be inserted with hidden cameras without people knowing about them, regardless of whether they're within close proximity to the user. T-shirts may also be made public with colorful designs that would help in hiding the camera even more.

* Alarm Clock - These devices are trusting looking gadgets which will appear as a standard addition to any room, except that they can be fitted with a spy camera and still function as any other standard alarm clock.

* Pen - miniature spy cameras can be concealed within fully working pens. A good item to slip into any situation or location without folks hinting anything about them and they might still work as any other pen.

* Watch - Just like in the spy films where the hero or heroine whips up his watch, focus on the suspect or criminal mastermind and take a photograph or video photographs, these spy cameras concealed as watches are good tools to have for any surveillance work.

* Car Keys - just about anybody carries some keys anywhere they're going and it would not awaken any suspicion if you have your car keys with you on a table or just sitting on a chair or sofa and no one would suspect you of taking pictures with your spy camera-embedded automobile keys.

* Sunglasses - Glasses are perfect places to put spy cameras as they may be employed while worn or simply putting them on top of a table and face it towards the individual or location under surveillance

* Medallion - A medallion or a pendant is a good place to hide a spy camera as they can be worn around the neck or included with a bunch of keys and have it with you on surveillance work and take footage or footages of people, places or objects.

* Keycard on Lanyard - people would be shocked to learn that spy cameras can be inserted within a keycard. You can bring anywhere with you or worn with a lanyard and folks would not even notice nor imagine that your keycard has an embedded camera.

Considerations When Setting Up Or Using Your Concealed Spy Camera

Secreted spy cameras are good tools to use for surveillance or security purposes but they can only be effective if they're set-up properly and stayed hid without discovery. Setting the camera properly would also assure you of good photograph, video or audio samples which you may use for processing later.

As a guideline, the closer you can get to the topic without discovery, the better visible and audio quality you can get. Test your cameras at different angles, distances and settings so you can get the best results for your work. If you're using infrared or night vision cameras, make sure that these are used or installed in a dark place as you would only get a glare and lose your image under light. Microphones are often poor so it might be best to check them out first before essentially using them.

You would like to store your caught photographs and footage correctly so make sure that you use the right type of memory card for your purposes. Ensure that the memory is giant enough for use for a longer time period. You would not want to miss valuable items or the camera will just loop and record over your earlier recorded footage.

So if you're looking for good spy cameras for your own use or for selling on your internet store know and learn about the various options available for you in the market. There are various products around from local suppliers although there are reliable suppliers abroad who can provide you with high quality products at stunningly low wholesale prices. Just have your options open and select your products smartly.

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First Two Adventures of a Legendary Spy

The year was 1962, a time where John Kennedy was our president and the Cold War was at a peak with the Cuban Missle Crisis. It was also the year a new hero came onto the silver screen; a man who had a way with the women while dealing with some of the most ruthless, cunning villains around. He brought style and panache doing what he needed to do his assignments for Queen and Country. His name: Bond, James Bond.

Producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman launched a franchise created by Ian Fleming, who at one time was a British intelligence agent as well as a journalist. His experiences cultivated in creating Mr. Bond, whose first story was "Casino Royale", which was made first as a TV play with American actor Barry Nelson essaying Bond. But it wasn't until 1962 when audiences around the globe were flocking into movie theaters watching the very first film chapter of James Bond.

Ironically, the first book filmed was "Dr. No", which was the sixth book Fleming penned. Broccoli and Saltzman searched for the perfect man to play 007 with names from Roger Moore to Patrick McGoohan popping up as possibilities. But it was Saltzman who discovered a Scottish actor who appeared in a Walt Disney film, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" that caught his eye. The result was this actor came on board to do a five picture contract, yet he was unknown to many. The actor: Connery, Sean Connery.

Connery brought flair and dash to the character and audiences fell in love with James Bond from the get-go. "Dr. No" begins with a fellow agent, John Strangways, being gunned down by assassins known as "Three Blind Mice". Strangways was investigating a Chinese-german named Julius No (Joseph Wiseman) who lives at Crab Key in an underground base. Apparently No's plan is to disrupt an American space launch using a radio beam weapon. Bond gets help from a CIA operative, Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and a native boatman, Quarrel (John Kitzmiller) who worked with Leiter in the past.

The trail leads to a geologist, Dr. R.J. Dent who notices some rock samples taken by Bond. But Dent secretly works for Dr. No and is asked to kill Bond by placing a tarantula in his bed. But Bond awakens in time and smashes the creature to death. In turn, Bond traps the geologist and kills him.

Bond is then following the trail of samples to an island where he meets up with Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), who is found collecting shells. She is first leery of the secret agent, but then she warms up to him as they, along with Quarrel, try to outrun a "dragon" sent by our villainous doctor. Bond and Honey are captured and dine with No, who in turn tells them of his plan to mess up the U.S. space launch.

Bond is then roughed up and taken to a dungeon while Honey is placed somewhere in the lair. Bond escapes and manages to overload the reactor that would set off the beam. It results in a duel to the death with Dr. No, of which No is defeated and Honey is rescued by Bond.

Directed by Terence Young, the film seems to me a little dated by now. Yet this makes for a first exciting adventure that is smartly paced and well written. Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood collaborated on the script that would be the framework for further adventures.

What was most memorable for me was when the audience is first introduced to Bond via a card game. Connery cooly delivered the signature line that set the tone for the rest of his performance. Another highlight was when Bond encountered the tarantula and as he destroyed it with his shoe, the music, conducted by John Barry and written by Monty Norman, was in rhythm with Bond's shoe beating, making for a very tense moment.

While Connery was very effective as Bond, Wiseman was having fun with his character of Julius No. It is a shame that Wiseman was only better known for that character alone than for his other works. Ms. Andress was the model for other Bond Beauties after her, but she did not have very much to do here. Lord makes for a cool Felix, but this was his only appearance as the CIA agent. Kitzmiller brough a lot of authenticity to his role of Quarrel, making him a good ally for Bond.

It was only a year later that we would get the second Bond adventure, this time from an earlier Fleming novel that President Kennedy called "one of the best books I ever read". It would turn later into a video game using Connery's voice as its star.

"From Russia With Love" finds 007 involved with a cryptographic device that an organization called SPECTRE wants and is willing to sell it back to Russia while trying to exact revenge on Bond for killing off Dr. No in the first movie.

The film begins with a person who looks like Bond being attacked and killed by the ruthless assassin Red Grant (Robert Shaw). Grant is recruited by SPECTRE's No. 3 agent, Rosa Klebb to seek Bond out, while in turn Klebb hires a Russian clerk, Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi) to be the bait. Tatiana thinks that Klebb is still working for another organization called SMERSH.

Apparently, Tatiana is offering to defect with the device as a lure to both MI6, Bond's employers, and the CIA. She states that she would only surrender to Bond, thus our secret agent flies to Istanbul. There he meets up with the head of the Turkish agency, Ali Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz), who teams with Bond to get the goods on another Russian agent. Later, an ambush ensues at a gypsy hideout, where Bey is wounded and Bond is saved by Red, who is hiding in the darkness.

The next evening, Bond and Bey seek the Russian responsible for the attack and kills him while climbing onto a billboard for a Bob Hope movie. Bond heads back to a hotel where he encounters Tatiana, unknowing that SPECTRE is filming they activities.

Tatiana then sets out in the morning for a meeting that is shortened by Red's attack on a Soviet consulate. Bond finds the body as well as a floor plan to steal the device. Using Bey to help, Bond and Tatiana take the device and board onto the Orient Express. This sets the stage for one of the great battles in Bond film history as Red takes on our hero in a very suspenseful fight sequence on board the moving train.

A well time escape finds Bond and Tatiana fleeing in Red's truck, but not before Bond is attacked by a helicopter, of which Bond wisely short circuits its engine and plunging the helicopter and its occupants to death. When SPECTRE gets word of this, he is not a happy camper. He then asks Rosa to send out a fleet of boats to take down Bond.

Bond and Tatiana manage to get onto a boat, but immediately is attacked. Wisely incorporating unused oil barrels, Bond manages to dispatch of the boat force and the two head off to Venice. But one surprise still lurks, that of Rosa Klebb who knows that the last attempt had failed to rid of 007. Is it too late for Bond to discover that Tatiana was using Bond and will Rosa manage to do in Bond herself?

Once again, Terence Young helms this adventure which is a little longer in length, but makes for a more exciting nail biter here. The formula is very strong with good solid writing again from Johanna Harwood and Richard Maibaum. The characters are well fleshed out here, giving Connery more to grow on as James Bond.

This time out, he is flanked by a great cast including a very menacing turn by a very young Robert Shaw as Red Grant. He has the physique and demeanor to play this role of a cunning assassin. Lotte Leyna is also on the mark as Rosa Klebb. She plays the perfect bad spy with plenty of zest to go around. Ms. Bianchi is well casted here, having to do more here than Ursula Andress did in "Dr. No". Not only does she play well off Connery, but she was Connery's choice as leading lady for this film.

Ted Moore's great cinematography, Peter Hunt's flowing editing, and John Barry's solid score also contribute to give the film a gripping edge.

Russia With Love" perhaps set the table for the other Bond movies. It doubled the grosses of the first installment and to some it was the best in the series. But the next film, which came a year later, would set a mark in terms of its gadgetry and a henchman who just may seem unbeatable. But that will be in the next installment as I delve into the Bond canon as it celebrates 50 years in film.

Final grades: Dr. No gets a B plus

From Russia With Love receives an A plus.

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