There can't be many boys who didn't dream of growing up to be James Bond and there must be plenty of girls who had hoped to be shaken and stirred by 007 himself.
So there will be much excitement this weekend as the 23rd movie in the big screen spy series arrives in cinemas across the UK with James Bond's Skyfall adventure
And technology and gizmo fans will be happy to hear it marks the reappearance of everyone's favourite gadget inventor, Q.
Played by Ben Whishaw, he follows in the footsteps of John Cleese who took the role in Die Another Day, and, of course, the legendary Desmond Llewelyn.
Llewelyn starred as Q in 17 of the films, starting with From Russia With Love opposite Sean Connery and made his final appearance in The World Is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan.
Who can forget some of the best Bond gadgets he prepared for 007 from deadly mini rocket-shooting cigarettes to jetpacks, floating cars to killer watches and x-ray specs to explosive toothpaste.
But while many pieces of 007's technology were designed purely for fantasy on film, it seems some have actually predicted the future, eventually arriving on equipment and devices we have now in our every day lives.
For example, while ejector seats in our cars might still be a dream to evict unwanted passengers like Bond often did, those homing and tracking devices in his classic motors were really just the forerunners of today's sat-nav systems or smartphone maps with the ability to pinpoint where your friends are using their own handset signal such as Apple's iOS Find My Friends.
The underwater camera used in 1965's Thunderball is now an indispensable tool for many holidaymakers with most major digital photography manufacturers now allowing them the chance to snap memories while under the sea.
And despite us all still waiting for that invisible Aston Martin Vanquish from Die Another Day, biometric fingerprint technology found in many of Bond's most useful tools is now available as standard, securing off-the-shelf Windows laptops and even a coffee machine from Philips.
Voice changers including the one used by 007's arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever are now also built-into children's toys and dozens of apps for iOS and Android smartphones such
The two-way radio watch in For Your Eyes Only and the TV watch in Octopussy have both been imitated. Orange among others have unveiled mobile phone watches in recent years.
Others including miniature binoculars hidden inside normal looking glasses frames and x-ray specs could also be seen as a step towards Google's ambitions of creating its Project Glass. That will eventually see futuristic specs available for all that will change the way we view the world around us, making information and images appear in front of our eyes as we walk.
Self-confessed Bond geek Sean Hannam, who is also editor of technology trade magazine ERT, believes the movies were always ahead of their time when it came to the gizmos.
He said: "In the older films from the 60s and 70s, a large part was always about the gadgets.
"In Skyfall there is a reference to it when Bond meets Q. Bond says 'All I am getting is a gun and a radio' and Q says 'What did you expect? An exploding pen?'
"Some of the gadgets were very outlandish such as jetpacks and watches that fired darts, but many are now common in our lives. The movies were quite pioneering for future gazing on technology. It may have seemed light years away then but it's now here in one shape or form.
"The newer movies though are different. They tend to feature gadgets that are part of the tech world as we know it, such as computers and smartphones relying more on Bond's brains and brawn."
But he added: "Unfortunately, despite it being the one we most wish for, we still haven't got the jetpack that can get us all to work in the morning."
Oh-Oh-7 Bond-style Gadgets You Can Buy
HD Video Helicopter
Just because you're a spy, it doesn't mean you can perform miracles - and getting into places undetected is not always easy. So this radio control helicopter with a built-in HD video recording camera might do the job to get a peek into villainous meetings - or just to keep an eye on the kids in the garden. It can be used with a SD card allowing for lengthy recording time.
Spy Camera Pen
Every secret agent needs a techno-packed pen and where else would you look that than Science Museum for one. It sells a £50 writing implement that doubles as a miniature video camera.
The new James Bond computer game places players at the heart of the action in five of the movies; Moonraker, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Die Another Day, Licence to Kill and Goldfinger. There's also a sixth mission based on new adventure Skyfall. It's available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Sony Xperia T
Dubbed the Bond Phone, this handset is used by Daniel Craig as 007 in the new Skyfall movie. Of course, it won't do all the things he can do with it but there's pre-loaded Skyfall content, a 007 ringtone and themes plus a 13 megapixel camera, full 1080p HD video recording and a 4.6inch screen.
Touch Screen Safe
Even Bond would have trouble cracking his way into this secure hideaway (maybe). Keep all your own state secrets hidden away in this mini safe, on which you must enter your own four-digit pin code via the touch screen to gain access.