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29
Apr

Lights, Camera, Connection! A Critical Review of Cinematic Connector Usage – You Only Live Twice

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b2ap3_thumbnail_item1.rendition.slideshowWideVertical.ss02-bond-movies-you-only-live-twice-helicopter-best-picks.pngOur third Lights, Camera, Connection! review is for a film from the James Bond universe. We could probably dissect any movie in the James Bond collection, with respect to connector technology use. It would be easy to talk about the electrical cables without connectors that spelled doom for Oddjob in Goldfinger, or the high-power connectors likely used in Scaramanga’s Solex Agitator in The Man with the Golden Gun, or even the high-speed board level connectors that were probably used in the satellite that emitted deadly shock waves in Goldeneye. Instead, we’ll shift our focus away from any films that have “Gold” in the title and take a look at the 1967 spy thriller, You Only Live Twice.

Sean Connery reprised his role as the famous British secret agent for the fifth time in You Only Live Twice. He attempts to stop the secret organization, SPECTRE, from hijacking American and Soviet rockets from space, which SPECTRE anticipates will spark World War III between the superpowers. Bond’s travels take him to Japan, where the head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, has built a secret lair inside a volcano from which to hatch his evil plan. If this sounds familiar, but you’ve never seen this movie, I’ll assume you’ve seen the Austin Powers movies. If so, you get the picture.

The title of the movie derives from the fact that the British stage Bond’s death in the beginning, yet he comes back to save the day. After he’s initially “killed”, his body is dumped into the Hong Kong harbor. Divers are waiting at the bottom of the harbor to retrieve him and bring him aboard a waiting submarine. How does he do it, you ask? He’s wearing a breathing apparatus the whole time. He probably had a few small hermetic or epoxy-sealed connectors, for sealing purposes, but nothing too bulky.

Eventually, Bond makes his way to Japan to locate the secret organization and the hijacked rockets. He and the Japanese secret service initially can’t find anything suspicious, but Bond has a hunch. He contacts MI6 headquarters and has Q, the infamous gadgets expert, bring “Little Nellie” to Japan. “Little Nellie” is an autogyro, which is simply a smaller, stripped-down version of a helicopter. Bond uses “Little Nellie”, which is armed with offensive and defensive capabilities, to scope out the area from above. He deduces the nearby volcano is suspicious, but not before being attacked by SPECTRE helicopters. He uses the swift maneuverability of “Little Nellie” to defeat the enemies.

Our Dualok connectors would have been perfect for “Little Nellie”. An enhanced anti-decoupling mechanism that can be used on virtually any cylindrical plug or backshell is just what a rotorcraft like this could use for maximum effectiveness. Once Dualok connectors are used, they will never back off. They’re lightweight, can withstand higher vibration requirements, and last up to three times longer than standard connectors. Based on “Little Nellie’s”, success, you’d think she was already using Dualok connectors.

The SOD (Suspension of Disbelief) Meter is low in this instance. I’ll give it a 2 as autogyros already exist. They don’t come highly-armed with air-to-air missiles, at least that I know of, hence the score of 2.

The ACToR (Amphenol Connector Technology Rating) Scale is at 5 Sparks for this film. The Dualok interconnect system, small lightweight connectors in a rotorcraft application, an underground lair inside a volcano, and a Bond Girl named Kissy Suzuki…how can this not get a perfect rating?

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Chris Cappello is the Marketing Communications Manager at Amphenol Aerospace.  He has a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from SUNY Cortland and a Masters of Business Administration from Binghamton University.  He has been with Amphenol since 2003 after a nine-year stint in the U.S. Navy.

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