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Computing in Science & Engineering, March/April 2009, p. 88

Compute? No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Die

Compute? No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You To Die

by Charles Day

Ian Fleming's novel Dr. No and Jack Kilby's first integrated circuit both made their debuts in 1958. Fleming died four years later, just before the second James Bond movie, From Russia with Love, hit the cinemas and the first IC-based computers hit the shops. The Bond movies, which now number 22, span the modern computer age. Given how keen the movies' writers, directors, and producers are on modern—even futuristic—gadgetry, it's interesting to ponder how the movies have portrayed our favorite tool, the computer.

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