The Physics of Bond

Quantum of Solace

Quanta are specific amounts of something. In physics we talk about quantum levels of energy and there is a whole branch of physics dedicated to exploring this amazing and sometimes quite unbelievable side of the universe.

Bond and the EM Spectrum

How does James Bond use the Electromagnetic Spectrum? Find out in this video:

The corkscrew jump

Looking at the projectile motion of this one we can work out how fast and at what angle the car jumped at.

Check out lessons 11, 12 and 13 in the AS level mechanics module to see if you can work this out. You'll need to measure the time for the jump and have a gues at the distance of it.

License to kill

James Bond has a license to kill. The last video here show the guns he may have used.

Newton's 3rd Law and momentum tell us all about the recoil force that a gun can give you. You have probably heard Newton's 3rd Law; it says that: Every force on an object has an equal and opposite force on another object.

So if you fire a gun, even though its mass is very small; because of the speed that it is shot out at you feel a force which jolts you back - the recoil.


James Bond and Q have always used physics to get out of sticky situations. On this page learn a little about the physics behind some of the ways they have done it.

No Mr. Bond .... I expect you to die!

We all know the line - but can lasers really cut someone in 2?

James Bond has demonstrated laser cutting more than once, starting as early as 1964 in Ian Flemmings "Goldfinger". Though it takes more than just a beam from some canon like device or a special watch from the 007 agent's outfit, it is true that laser light can cut through both paper and 1 1/4 inches of stainless steel.

Laser systems for cutting paper, panels of wood, textiles, plastics or metal foils use laser optical output power of up to a few hundred watts. This power level is sufficient to vaporize these materials. In sheet metal processing, laser cutting machines are standard equipment and have laser power of up to 7 Kilowatts. They can cut anything from sheet metal — from single pieces to small and medium batch sizes. The machines are easily programmed using the CAD-files of the desired part and do not require any other tool besides the laser cutting head which operates without contact and wear. With more than a million watts per square centimeter in the focal area of the laser beam, it melts and partially vaporizes the metal resulting in a needle-like hole reaching tens of millimeters deep into the material.

What the movie producers missed: To cut metal efficiently you need a nozzle to blow away the melted metal. Without the nozzle and cutting gas you would witness another standard laser process: welding.