Interviews with some of the gadget creators are interspersed here and there, but most are surprisingly mundane and burdened with techno-speak. In what feels like diverting but engaging filler, there are sideline visits to The Counter Spy Shop in New York City, the Special Tactical Services Center in Virginia (where potential spies are trained) and the entertaining Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
While the gadget docs merely skim the surface, the “Biography” episode profiling Fleming is the disc's best feature. At just over 40 minutes, it's far from comprehensive (especially for a man who lived such a globe-trotting life of international intrigue and roguish derring-do). But it does give a most concise and colorful look at the man whose fertile imagination gave birth to Bond and all of those crazy, enchanting, clever and deadly tools of the spy trade that he employed.
Dennis King blogs about movies at blog.newsok.com/projections.