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Be your own Bond with Science Museum ‘Spy Pen’

With the release of Skyfall only days away, you too can play James Bond 007 with this covert USB camcorder…

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, opens at cinemas on 26 October. But why should 007 have all the espionage-based fun?

Get yourself along to the Science Museum shop, and you can do your own bit for the well-being of the nation (cough) with this miniature camera, disguised as a fully working pen.

“If you need a spy camera that’s body mounted, there’s nothing easier or more discreet than just putting this pen camcorder in a shirt pocket for a full view of everything you see in front of you,” says Triple M (that’s short for ‘museum marketing manager’). “Just clip it to your pocket and walk around somewhere that you want to film, or leave it in place to record a face-to-face conversation.”

The Spy Pen (£50) has 2GB of internal memory and will store up to 15 hours of video footage (640 by 480 pixels – according to our intelligence reports) while recording audio as a 128kbps PCM file. A concealed USB connector enables you to recharge the device and transfer files to a laptop. And – yes! – you can actually use it for writing letters to megalomaniac villains too. Basildon Bond meets James Bond in one gadget, you could say.

“If you’re in a tight spot or time is crucial, you could have a covert recording made, then attached to an email or uploaded to the internet within minutes,” advises our Top Level Briefing Dossier. Which we have subsequently shredded for security purposes.