James Bond toys & collectibles
James Bond Attache Case
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This memory was added on: February 21, 2010
One of my buddies had this and it was sooo cool, but I never got one.I did get Mattel's Agent Zero M toys which were pretty cool too.I had the radio rifle, movie camera, small camera pistol and some sort of rocket launcher
bazooka.Man the 60's were great. Nintendo and Playstation - COME ON KIDS, PLAY REAL GAMES!
This memory was added on: January 8, 2010
Now, you would think a little girl wouldn't even think twice about James Bond. However, my parents used to take my brother and me to the drive in and I can remember watching all the James Bond movies. So of course, I wanted the attache case.
How I played secret agent. The red bullets that shot out of the pistol and yes the attache case. The invisible ink and decoder. It was so much fun.
Thanks for taking me back in time!
This memory was added on: January 8, 2010
I remember as a kid my best friend had one. I wanted one so bad but never got one. We used to play with that all day long till We got called home for dinner. Another friend had the secret sam kit and we`d play spy agent all summer long. Those were the days! They are now reproducing 2500 of these kits and taking orders, so I will finally get one 40 yrs later.
This memory was added on: June 26, 2009
Yeah, my Great Aunt sprung for the JBAC- and it wasn't even a big holiday... now That's a GREAT AUNT! Any of my friends who was worth his 00 License had one and we
would all hack around in the big, wealthy estate next door to us. My one imaginative buddy put the sniper scope in his mouth and said it was the "THUNDERBALL"
Re-breather device: SHEER BRILLIANCE! Anyway, I had to get all dressed up to go out and eat at Pal's Cabin in West Orange, NJ. Pretty crumby... But Wait- I took
my James Bond Pistol and Silencer under my dumb sports jacket- Now I'm cool as all Get-Out! I got through that extra half hour of coffee and cigarettes without
pulling the knobs on the vending machine or jumping around the restroom foyer. By the way, can any kid really not lose that little slidey piece that covers the scope
attachment area on his pistol?
Howard, 12/31/54 - Yes I got ripped off for my B-day!
This memory was added on: June 26, 2009
This was the greatest present I ever received. Better than the ABA basketball, the match box cars, the 3 story car garage, the HO scale race cars, the Monkey Division guns, the combat machine gun, and all the wonderful toy soldiers…Wow, was I a lucky kid. All these years later, I have the cars and the soldiers. I have baseball cards and books and tons of things from my childhood. But all I have left of the James Bond attaché is one of the business cards….where you could only see 007 with the card inserted behind the red (I think) plastic. This gift was so cool…..sophisticated…..I’ll never forget it!
This memory was added on: March 4, 2009
I was only 7 when the James Bond Attache Case came out and I remember it being one of my most prized possessions when Santa ;) felt it in his heart to leave this under my tree that Christmas. I would carry it around the house, playing secret agent day after day. The other memory that sticks in my head is that my Mother wouldn't let me shoot the bullets, so she confiscated them.
I remember when I built my first computer that we able to connect to the internet, the searching capabilities were right up my alley. I love looking for memories online, seeking the toys and TV shows of my youth. Ebay has been such a Godsend for me.
There was another toy that I was never without, the Mattel Agent Zero M camera that opened into a cap gun. God, I loved that toy!
Good times. Thanks, Mom and Dad and family!
This memory was added on: March 4, 2009
To this day the James Bond Attaché Case is the greatest single gift I ever got. The pure magic that came along with being able to play Bond was mesmerizing to me growing up in not so exotic suburban Chicago. I remember that for weeks after getting it I could not bring myself to take anything out of the case and spent some serious energy and thought to hiding it so my younger brother and sisters could not get at it. Alas, the case was broken and the pieces lost about six months later when my little brother snuck it out of the house and took it to his school. I tried getting another but was never able to replace it. I now search the internet occasionally to see if I can find one. If I ever find a complete example I will snap it up and keep it away from my brother!
This memory was added on: March 4, 2009
There were three toys to have in the mid 60s the Man from Uncle Pistol/Carbine kit, the 007 Attaché kit and the Johnny Action kits. I had all of them. My parents didn’t have a lot of money but when it came to Christmas my mom always made sure that we were well taken care of. I always thought that the plastic gold plated scope was a very poor choice. There were no optics in the scope it was just a piece of plastic with a hole down the middle which did nothing. And when you were not using the scope you had to put a little cover over the top of the pistol to keep the red bullets from falling out. I was always looking for those bullets.
Unlike the Man From Uncle carbine which had a functioning magazine which held caps this had firing bullets. They came out at a decent speed but where nothing like the Johnny Action Weapon kits which I also had. The Johnny Action kits had spring loaded functional bullets. The bullets had a bullet and casing that would be pushed together until detents kept the bullet in place. When pulling the trigger a center punch hammer would knock the bullet lose and man would it fly.
And the Johnny Action Rifles were crazy powerful. A friend of the family was in the army at the time and he could not believe how accurate the rifle was at up to 30 feet and the scope worked too. But back to the Attaché case. It was just cool. I remember taking it to show and tell at school and the ooohs and ahhhs it received. It is a classic. So for cool it is the Bond toy, for realistic function it was Johnny Action and for daily fun outside with friends loved my Man From Uncle Carbine. I could put the pieces in my pockets and we started to play I could fit all of the pieces together and have the coolest gun of any of them. And I loved to check my magazine all of the time. Classics, being a kid wasn’t so bad after all.
This memory was added on: January 27, 2009
Reading all of these ads has really been a treat... almost a time transport.
Although we were poor, way early I found methods to make some money. My parents were cool in the fact that if I made the money, I could buy whatever I wanted. I delivered circulars, picked up a lot of soft drink bottles and sold for the refund on the deposit...remember when?
When these came out, I just had to have one so I saved and saved and saved. I spent a lot of time on my bicycle riding the streets in the little town where I lived picking up bottles and also delivering circulars, helping the neighbor who was a little old lady with chores and before you knew it, I had the money.
I had to order mine...the wait was almost unbearable. It came in a cardboard overpack that I have to this day. It was almost magic, when I got this, although I was a small child in white t shirt and jeans with patches, naaa...I was Bond...James Bond. I cherished this toy. Soon, I believed that James needed a little more firepower, so I cut a hole in the blue liner and added another gun. ( I regret this now!)
Each time I took it out of the cardboard overpack to play with, it was pure delight. I have a sister about my age and It was a delight when she would try to get into my attache case and the booby trap ( I always had a cap on mine) would pop as she moved the opening knobs wrong. I did shoot her with the red bullets a time or two, just in case she was a counter intelligence agent, but was careful as I had a very stern warning from Mom about such things.
I can distinctly remember how much fun I had with this and the pride I took in keeping it nice. I kinda feel sorry for kids today as they dont have such items to play with and the pride that can go along with obtaining such a neat toy.
I remember that I came up with a couple of "extra" things that I thought should be in the case and actually wrote the manufacturer a letter. I was surprised and delighted that they took the time to respond back to me with a return letter...wish I had kept it!!
Finally my sister did learn to get into the case without a cap going off and then...I really needed the extra gun...She was transported to being an international agent also. Great fun with her and the attache.
This memory was added on: January 1, 2009
I have to agree this was one the best toys of the mid 60’s. My 6 year son was playing with his circa 2008 cap gun and this attaché case was a flash-back. I had to see if there was on eBay just to show him my favorite gun kit. Great to see it I am feeling 6 again… My career may have been influenced with this toy and Bond in general as I build electronic toys that the feds have been using for years..
This memory was added on: December 6, 2008
I had a case similar to the one in your picture. The difference was there was a rocket launcher at the bottom of the case as you carried it, in the place where the rifle scope attachment is in your photo. My memory is that there were two holes cut out of the side of the case and you could choose to either file the plastic shells from either the spring loaded Walther PPK or the rocket launcher from inside the case. Which I did. My memory is that I held the case up to my pre-school sister and fired the rocket launcher shell straight into her forehead at point blank range. She needed stitches to repair the damage and I caught hell, and deservedly so. I've always used this story to make a point that the toy companies would never make something like this today and I'm glad that people see fit to preserve these items for posterity.
This memory was added on: October 7, 2008
I never really thought it was odd that I wanted the 007 Attache Case, I
mean, there was Honey West, a groovy spy girl. Anyway, I REALLY wanted
it. I wrote it on my Christmas list at least 10 times. It was totally
the coolest present. Years later, my mom told me she had to go to about
8 stores to find it.
This memory was added on: August 2, 2008
Very Cool!! I had a couple of different spy attaches but I don't believe either were the James Bond version. The one I remember best would shoot a plastic bullet from within the case and also had a small camera that was mounted in the case so you could secretly take someone's picture. My other great spy memory was of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. decoder I got one year for Christmas. My cousin, who was a year younger and lived up the road got one as well. His family moved away in 1969 when I was about 13 years old. We used to send letter back and forth and would always sign off with a P.S. which we encoded with our decoder. I wish I knew whatever happened to that thing. Thanks for jogging my memory.
This memory was added on: March 10, 2008
What a cool surprise to find this blog about the 007 Attache Case when I Googled it. I have recently found mine which I got for a Christmas present in 1965, and am thinking of putting it up for sale on eBay. I am shocked to find that one that seems to be in similar condition to mine (I have a few pieces that the seller doesn't, and vice versa) has a starting bid of $350.00! Holy cow!
This memory was added on: February 1, 2008
On one very memorable Christmas morning I was faced with the realization that Santa did not see fit to leave The coveted James Bond Attaché case under my tree. While other gifts were well received, an empty place remained in my heart for the one toy I knew could deliver me to my true calling as a sophisticated, international spy. In the weeks leading up to the holiday the case had been highly advertised and I could imagine how suave and dangerous I could be if only I could possess this cornucopia of secret agent stuff. As the morning progressed I played with the assorted cars, truck's and games I'd received with a reasonable level of joy and happiness.
Tradition in our home was to continue our Christmas by bundling up (usually still in our PJ's) to travel a few doors down to the home of our favorite cousins. Here we would exchange gifts and show off what Santa had delivered. Any expectations of the case had fully diminished and I was looking forward to whatever else I would get.
As I began to open the gift from my aunt and uncle I couldn't believe my eyes as I gazed upon the holy grail. "The James Bond 007 Attaché Case" was mine. It could shoot a plastic bullet out the side of the case, It had a gun with attachments to take it from a pistol to a rifle and a collection of decoder contraptions and a notebook with a lock that would set off a cap if you opened it without proper knowledge of the mechanism. This was simply a dream come true. As time went by the various parts of the kit began to disappear and eventually it became clear that being a secret agent was probably not for me. In spite of that, whenever I think of the Attaché case I can't help recalling what I still consider, iIn a life that has been filled with good things, possibly the best gift I ever received.
This memory was added on: January 23, 2008
I read your cool thread about the James Bond attache case. I had something similar but come to find out, much rarer. I got the Multiple Products James Bond Secret Seven set for my birthday in 1965. It didn't have a case but it had a lot of neat attachments like a silencer, scope, missile launcher and could be made into a rifle; and it had a smaller gun as well. It was probably the same gun as in the attache case. I have searched the web from time to time but have never been able to find another one.
For christmas that same year I got the Ideal Napoleon Solo and the Illya gun sets at the same time. I remember tearing them from the large format cardboard packaging. Now I would just like to have the packaging.
This memory was added on: May 26, 2007
OMG! what a blast from the past! I wasn't allowed to see James Bond movies when I was a kid they were considered too racey and vulgar. What can I say I was sheltered. Hell, I can still remember being dragged out of line at 8:00 pm in the summer by big sister after waiting in line for three hours for Planet of the Apes. My mother's fear was that we would be out past curfew by the time the movie got over. We didn't even have a curfew in our town! Any way... My rich friend Steve got one of those cool 007 attaches I think for his birthday. It was the coolest thing I had no idea it was from the movie til I was older. we would play army and he always had the spy thing going on. That year for Christmas I got A Johnny Seven One Man Army that was a total surprise. I can still see it set up on its wicked cool tripod under the Christmas tree I almost jumped out of my skin, I had never dreamed that I would get such a cool thing... finally I had something that Steve didn't have! And I could anniliate him when we played Army.
1956 yeah baby
This memory was added on: May 18, 2007
I can't believe I'm seeing this. This was the greatest toy I ever had. Someone mentioned it the other day and I Googled it. What a surprise to see it again.
This memory was added on: April 26, 2007
When I was about 10 or 11 I wanted to be a secret agent just like 007. A friend of mine took more direct action. He wrote the govenor a letter telling him he wanted to be a secret agent for the state of Texas. The Govenor wrote back explaining that Texas had no secret service. The closest thing Texas had to the British Secret Service was the Texas Rangers. He sent my buddy an honary ranger badge and a 007 attache case.
This memory was added on: January 20, 2007
What a great joy to see this again! I clicked on the picture and went back 40 years. I remember all the pieces, the secret gun guilt into the side and a knife that slipped into a sheath on the end of the case. Thanks for bringing back these memories!
This memory was added on: January 9, 2007
Where do you start with a toy like this? I look at mine and try to imagine the feeling of opening this attache case on christmas day 1965 and the feeling a kid must have had, now YOU were THE james Bond of your street! This toy blows every other toy 60's attache case out of the water,and they were a few of them back then! pistol,sniper rifle,decoder,exploding note pad everything was there in the toy even passport,money,and calling cards to woo some chic or bribe someone for info! You could even take someone out while carrying the case with the secret bullet firing operation! As for the box artwork this has now transended into the realms of a work of beauty that really should be framed and hung in an art gallery,it has to be the ultimate Bond collectable, and one of the best thought out toys to come from this fantastic era!!!!!!!!!!
This memory was added on: December 29, 2006
When I was 8, I use to drop by a little shop every day on my way home from school in North Bonneville, Washington called "Big Foot Discount". One day, in the glass case up front, I saw the 007 briefcase. I knew I couldn't have it (money was tight back then), but I dreamed of the fun I could have with it anyway. One day during my usual stop, I noticed an empty toy package with a picture of a gold sports car on the back. I gave it little thought, and went home. Later that day, a neighbor kid stopped by and excitedly showed off the new gold sports car he'd just gotten. I mentioned it looked a lot like the car on the empty package at the store. He instantly got mad, threw the car down, and stomped off. My Dad had overheard the comotion, and when I told him the story he suggested I bring the car back to the shop. I handed it back to the owner at the register, who said thanks, and that was that. The next day, following my routine, I walked in the store. The owner was up front chatting with a couple adults, but he stopped and said to me, "Young man, go read the sign at the back of the store, and then come back up front and see me". I knew what the sign said, by heart. "Shoplifers will be prosecuted. Anyone catching a shoplifer will be rewarded". Now, I had imagined how I would deal with such a villian. I somehow pictured him with a gun at the front of the store, and how I'd tackle them by the legs, and save the day. But now I was a little scared. I was ready to be accused of being the shoplifter, so I approached the front slowly, cautiously. The owner was just saying goodbye to the adults, and motioned me forward. As I came, he unlocked the sliding door at the back of the glass case, reached in, pulled out the briefcase and set it on the counter. "Like the sign says, I give out a reward when someone helps me catch a shoplifter. This is for you". Honestly, I don't remember much after that. I do remember running home with it, and I remember taking it to school with me every day for at least a week or two. Can't imagine how many days of dentention (or prison) I'd get for that now! I wish I knew the name of the man who rewarded me with the most amazing toy of my childhood, and the great story that goes along with it. I still have my attache. I may part with it at some point, but I'll never forget the story - never!
This memory was added on: December 16, 2006
I was part of the Secret Sam Covert Operations Unit.
That Christmas was an event to remember. I got the Secret Sam AND the Man From U.N.C.L.E cap pistol set. The same Christmas, my cousin, who lived 4 doors down, also recieved the U.N.C.L.E set. What a blast we had.
One day, Tony mentioned that "all spies wear suits," so we did the inevitable... we snuck inside our respective homes, donned our Sunday School suits, and spent the afternoon "being inconspicuous" around the neighborhood. The fantasy was great, until our Moms saw us running around in the backyards in our Church clothes, blasting away with our cap pistols.
I wish I had the presence of mind to take a secret photo of the look on her face when I came inside, wearing that muddy suit.
thanks so much for the memories, everyone. I feel like I'm 10 again.
This memory was added on: December 9, 2006
I have a complete attache case, its really durable considering it was made in 1965!
This memory was added on: November 13, 2006
My favorite toy of all. I was an only child and mom tended to spoil me. I got a lot of stuff, but the one that stands out above all others was my James Bond brief case. It had so many gadgets and secret items. I went to a day care center called Ripley House in Huston and my friends and I saved the world more than once. It is great to see it again.
I think the ultimate toy for me these days would be the Astin Martin. Oh Well, Dream On!
This memory was added on: November 5, 2006
wow, just to see this case brings back childhood memories. I had no Idea these were so popular. My mom brought one home from the second hand store in abou 66.It was the coolist toy I ever had. And I am just now realizing I didn't even have the complete set.IT HAD A KNIFE?! AND THE KNIFE SHOOTS TOO?!And a decoder?!No wonder I didn't understand anyones secret notes!Jeezz, I thought I was just a whimp because the the trigger was so hard to pull.These were the days , where you wanted to grow up and be a secret agent or a army hereo.Saving the world and fighting evil.And ending up with the girl.
This memory was added on: November 3, 2006
I couldn't beleive I got what I wanted that year!double lucky,the next year I got a Man From U.N.C.L.E. kit...way cool.If life was only that simple again!
This memory was added on: September 1, 2006
I remember wanting one of these so badly, and when I finally got one for Christmas, I was awestruck. Probably the best Christmas present I ever got. One of the first things I did was to saw down the barrel to make it into a snubby (I wince now as I think of it). I also remember that the trigger was very hard to pull for a six or seven year old. I found this site after seeing a REPRODUCTION of the BOX this came in on ebay selling for $50!
This memory was added on: August 31, 2006
this was indeed one of the greatest toys I ever came across as a kid. My older brother had one as well as a James Bond action figure that was really a very white body(probaly a Ken doll) with a dark Sean Connery head. The arm was spring loaded to resemble a karate chop. The wire eventually poked out of the body pricking all who attempted a karate chop. I myself had the Man from Uncle pistol and a green hornet hat that had an attached green mask that could be lowered or raised into the hats brim. We played our asses off with these and many other cool toys that will never be duplicated.
This memory was added on: August 11, 2006
WOW this brings so many good memories of my childhood.I remember I had one in 1965 at the age of 9.It was the coolest toy.I wish I had one today.The gun was great I remember you could shot the bullets by pessing a button on the case.I felt like a real spy.Those good old days won't ever come back.That James Bond Attache was so neat.I wish they would do a reproduction.
This memory was added on: April 14, 2006
My cousin and I both got one for Christmas 1965 and I wish I still had mine. Seeing the picture of it brought back some great memories. I think the best thing about it was that you could shoot the bullets from the top corner of the case
This memory was added on: March 18, 2006
I remember having the attache case. I thought I was going to be the first female secret agent. I told friends recently that I used to have one. I had to research to prove I was right! I used to walk around the house carrying my attached case. I wish I still had it and my all of my Barbie dolls! $$$$$$
This memory was added on: March 8, 2006
Where would you get this? It was so great!!
This memory was added on: February 28, 2006
I grew up in New York City, and I had a James Bond Attache. The coolest thing I remember about it was the hidden camera. I suppose I would remember that most since now I'm a professional photographer! :-)
This memory was added on: February 28, 2006
Regarding my previous post about the hidden camera, I made a mistake. I was thinking of Secret Sam. If I recall correctly, I had both the James Bond Attache and Secret Sam.
This memory was added on: January 1, 2006
I bought one of these babies in the early 80's at a church sale in brand new shape i saved it for many years as a collectable i saw that one of these sold at a collectors auction for about a thousand dollars i almost flipped i went through a war of the roses type of divorce and lost it along with all my other toy collectables. i no longer have my James Bond attache but i have new wife and shes a keeper i hope to keep her till she is an antique she is also more fun to play with...love ya sharon
This memory was added on: December 28, 2005
I was probably one of a very few girls that owned a James Bond attache case. My mom had bought it for one of my cousin's for Christmas, but forgot she bought it and got him something else. About two weeks after Christmas she found it in a closet and I begged her to give it to me, which she did. It was one of my favorite toys and a couple years ago I told my two daughters that if there was one toy I wish I would have kept, that was it. They later told me they tried to buy me one on ebay and found out that it's a toy that a lot of people wish they had because it was selling for over $1000. Well at least I have my memories.
This memory was added on: December 23, 2005
Some kids wanted to be cowboys, others firemen or astronauts. I wnated to be a spy. My friends and I played "secret agent" all the time. I got this in the late 60's from NORMANDY SQAURE MART, a pre-discount store mart in Philadelphia. My "POP-POP" was rewarding a good report card I got. I played with this until it fell apart! I liked my Ovaltine shaken , not stirred too!
This memory was added on: December 7, 2005
I kind of know for a fact, that the American version was different than the British one. I was living in England (My Father was in the US Air Force) at RAF Mildenhall. I got the pistol and silencer with a 007 holster for Christmas. My English friend, who lived across the street, got the complete British version Attache Case. I still have the pistol and silencer. I remember, I would borrow his plastic stock, which could slide on my pistol. It wasn't wire, it was a hard type of molded plastic. I think it came in two pieces. Oh how the British loved James Bond!
This memory was added on: November 29, 2005
Wow! Does this bring back some memories. My dad gave me the Bond attache case for my 11th birthday, April 8. 1965. I was thrilled, to say the least. He and I spent much of the evening before he left for 'third shift' work at 11pm playing with the gun, writing secret mesages, and having a great time. Dad took me to school the next day. Tragically, he suffered a fatal heart attack (at age 37)upon returning home that morning, and his gift to me remains one of my most prized possessions. I still have it - at least most of it - as well as the original box, and have begun the process of replacing the bullets and wire stock that was 'lost or tossed' in the past forty years. The best part...the coded "Happy Birthday" message he included in the present. Thanks for sharing this GREAT piece of toy history with everyone!
This memory was added on: November 26, 2005
Of all my childhood toys, this is THE ONE I wish I still had. Simply, the coolest toy. Ever.
This memory was added on: September 14, 2005
I got one as a hand me down from a family friend's son. It was missing a lot of the pieces but I played with it anyway. I always wished I had a complete set or at least could see one to see what I was missing.
This memory was added on: July 19, 2005
I didnt have one. I begged for one at Christmas, but my mom said they were too dangerous. So instead Santa brought me a shotgun. Thank goodness for eBay..!!!!
This memory was added on: May 28, 2005
It was awesome. It had a passport and business cards with 007 and exotic locals printed on the,, as if a spy would handput cards. The corgi 007 car was the only Bond toy I have that survived this era. The Man From Uncle sets were similar too. Great times for toys and kids.
This memory was added on: May 20, 2005
That attache case is quite the collector's item. I didn't have one, but I do still have the James Bond Road Race set from Christmas 1967. Soon after getting it though, some neighbor boys came over and yanked too hard on the speed controls and detached the wiring. It was put back in the box, but I've kept it ever since.
This memory was added on: May 13, 2005
I remember getting one of these for Christmas either '64 or '65. I unwrapped it early, played with it, and then re-wra plapped it and put it back under the tree. The white plastic bullets kept getting lost, and I remember the trigger was very hard to squeeze. I got a lot of my friends with the exploding decoder book. My parents gave the attache case away after I moved out in my late teens. If there was one toy I could have back from my childhood, it would be this; and also my Johnny Seven O.M.A.!
This memory was added on: February 18, 2005
I must confess that as a small impressionable child going through my formatable years in the 1960's (oops, dating myself) I too was caught up in the overwhelming desire to grow up to be like James Bond. By golly, I can still remember wanting a "Secret Sam" briefcase or better yet the "authentic" James Bond Attache case more than anything else in the world. I discovered some of those early impression survived into my adult years because in the mid 90's when the Internet was in the midst of it's boom time I allowed my inner child to indulge in a bit of "Bonding" with my role model. See, about this time there was this new Bond flick coming out... Anyway, the InterNIC (the organization that does Internet Domain registrations) was claiming to have made all these improvements in service blah, blah, blah so I thought "what the hey", I'll check it out and on a lark I shot off a registration (this was back before they started charging for domain registrations!) and wouldn't it be "neat" to have a domain named, oh, I don't know - how about GOLDENEYE...
This memory was added on: January 22, 2005
I can remember it like it was yesturday, we were at a fair and one of the booths had the james bond attache case as one of the prizes. I went through my allowence to win it, I came close once and the crowd kept yelling to give it to me. My mother, seeing how much I wanted it promised to buy it for me the next day. we went to K&S toyland in Brooklyn,NY and she bought it for me. it was huge, but I caried the box all the way, once I had it home I put all the items in the case, It was the best. the gun with the stock and silencer, the code o matic to break codes, the passport and money all those bullets the shooting knife and of course, the exploding locks on the case if you opened it wrong.the best thing is, at my last birthday, my sister got me another one with the box, to add to my toy collection. a great toy with lots of memories.
This memory was added on: January 21, 2005
Wow! The James Bond Attache Case. I got one of these for my 6th or 7th birthday, I can't be sure which one it was to be honest- it was soooo long ago. :) Anyway, I unwrapped it and held it in my hungry little hands just long enough to have it wisked away by mother for safekeeping (or so I was told). It was hung a few days later on the wall of our dining room, just out of reach and in plain view of everyone who lived there or came to visit, including me of course. At first, I was bold about it and made no effort to hide my burning desire to have what was mine, hold it in my hands and finally get to play the secret agent I so admired on TV. My mother, however, told me it was not something to play with, but something to save and appreciate. Later, I resorted to waiting for her to leave the house so I could maneuver the furniture over to where it hung where I could just barely reach it. Inevitably, I'd get caught with it, either as I stepped back to terra firma with prize firmly in hand or while I still stood reaching for it, with that "busted" guilty look on my face perched upon my wobbly ladder of dining room table and chair against the wall. I always got a terrible beating afterwards and never got anywhere close to being able to play with it for real. It was so worth the pain though even trying to play with it. Later that year, my father, who was an old Navy Petty Officer, invited an old Captain friend of his from a ship that had happened to come into port in Baltimore from Pakistan. As luck would have it, he just so happened to have his wife and his kids on board ship with him. A rare occurence to be sure. His son was the same age as me and as we ate dinner later that evening I could not help but notice that he could not take his eyes off my James Bond Attache case hanging there on the wall all shiny and new. What happened next is something I will never forget as long as I live. My father eventually noticed this kid's attention to what was on the wall behind him and before I realized what was happneing or could even raise a voice in protest he stood up, reached back, took the attache down and handed it to his friend's son as a gift. I was crushed, but one look from my father as our eyes met was all it took for me to keep my mouth shut or risk a beating I would not soon forget. I sat their trembling, holding back the tears and choking on the pain from the the lump in my throat as I watched my precious case being given away, my silent pleas dieing upon my lips never to be voiced. Yeah...it still hurts even today as I write this. 37 years or so later, I'm 43, I still think about that ole' attache case. I wonder if that kid played with it or let it sit gathering dust. Did he truly appreciate the cost of it...to me? Probably not. Did he take care of it and keep it intact not losing any of its cool pieces? I doubt it. Did he understand what it represented in terms of coolness? I think not. For a time, I kinda hoped it had fallen overboard never to be played with, but then I'd think that would be a terrible waste of such a cool toy. I've tried several times over the years to bid on one on eBay, but I can't afford the $400 to $600 dollars that they usually end up commanding, and righfully so. Today, I have 2 wonderful kids of my own. They have and have had more toys than one can ever get around to playing with and often they get opened and abandoned, but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing my kids had them do do with as they pleased. No scars for them dagnabbit... at least not on my watch! They don't have the sense of loss I've had to live with all these years. I mentioned all this to my mom several years ago. Her response to me was, "get over it." She's right of course, but it doesn't change anything really; not for me. Even today, I'd love to see one "in the flesh" as it were, just to know what it was I missed all these years. I don't blame my Mom, not really, at any rate. She never had anything even close to a James Bond Attache case to play with and being illiterate and coming from somewhere as backwards as Pakistan I have to cut her some slack for scarring me the way she did. I don't think she meant to hurt me. So, I envy you guys - those of you who got to play with your JBA cases. I enjoyed reading your memories and, in some small way, try to think of them as being mine too. Thanks for sharing and I hope I didn't depress anyone too terribly with my memories.
Just do this for me - If you have kids, let 'em play with their toys!!! They only get to be kids once and life is so grueling you know...
This memory was added on: December 27, 2004
This was the greatest toy I ever had. There I was, with my grandfather's old fadora, a stained T-shirt, bermuda shorts, tennis shoes and carrying my attache case--in my mind I was Bond, James Bond.
This memory was added on: December 9, 2004
Wow great site, and what a great toy. Seeing this photo of the James Bond attache case zapped me back to about '66. Decoder, gun with stock and that case -- wow! Retro-on!
This memory was added on: December 6, 2004
I didn't have this set but I did have a similar toy called Secret Sam. It too was an unassembled rifle in an attache case. The Secret Sam also included a real camera that you could actually activate while it was in the case (it sat against a small window). You could also fire the rifle while it was still in the case. I think the James Bond series also had a toy radio and camera that turned into guns with the push of a button. Nothing like a cold war for great spy toys! I vaguely remember a pipe that shot bullets too (a pipe; the perfect disquise for an 8 year old. "Here son, have some of my tobacco. Hey, that's not a... aghhh you got me!")