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This 18 carat gold magic pen appeared in the thirteenth film in the James Bond series named Octopussy. The fatal writing utensil which Bond uses to escape from his cell in Kamal Khan’s palace, contains a mixture of metal-dissolving Nitric and Hydrochloric acids. It also features an embedded spy earpiece and works in tandem with Bond’s wristwatch.
Q: "Now take a fountain pen, twist the top and a highly concentrated mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid dissolves all metals."
James Bond: "Wonderful for poison pen letters."
Q: “Pay attention 007!”
Photography courtesy of Montblanc
The story of Montblanc started in 1906 when Hamburg banker, Alfred Nehemias, and Berlin Banker, August Eberstein decided to produce simplicissimus pens to mark a new coming of age characterized by simply designed pens. By 1929 all Meisterstück fountain pens began to be engraved with the number 4810, which echoed the height of the mountain Montblanc and appealed to a symbol of supreme quality. By 1952 the Meisterstück 149 was officially released and enjoyed a small surge in popularity in 1963 as John F. Kennedy helped German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer out of a minor mishap with a just in time: “May I help you, Mr. Adenauer?” followed directly by his handy pen.
Today Montblanc is part of the Richemont Group and has extended its commercial reach into the fields of watchmaking, jewelry, eyewear, leather and fragrances. The artisan studio in Hamburg continues the traditional legacy of skilled craftsmanship and flawless manufacturing handed down from generations past.
Be sure to also explore the latest limited edtion release in celebration of Alfred Hitchcock. The pen features a knife-shaped clip reminiscent of Psycho and an intricate surface effect reflecting the dizzying stare in Vertigo.