Here are the instructions needed to convert a Mazda 6 (my Aston Martin is in the shop) into a James Bond spy car. I also include some instruction on the interactive overall theme (Spy School) that we had this year.

Every year, my son and I do a grounds-up build of a new Halloween display. The goals are simple: the theme should be interactive for the kids, interesting, and give us an opportunity to work with new technologies. In 2007, we built a Monster Machine. We won second place in the Halloween contest Video category in 2008 for our Mutex Lab Tour. Last year, we took third place in the Gadgets and Gizmos category for the Recoiling Cannons of our Pirate-Themed display.

I've divided this year's Instructable into these following categories, with the car getting the most focus:
  • James Bond Spy Car
  • Spy School: Shoot the Enemy Agents
  • Spy School: Bomb Diggity
  • Spy School: Test Your Powers of Observation
  • Costumes
If you like this Instructable, or at least the effort my son and I put into it, be sure to rate it or drop a comment.

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Step 1: Spy Car: Overview

Who hasn't wanted a car that would shoot missiles when someone is in your way?  I came up with the idea of having a simulated car chase through the streets of Paris, as if James Bond was being pursued by enemy agents and he needed to rely on the gadgets that Q blessed his car with.

Once I thought of the theme, I started thinking about the gadgets that I could put in the car and how I would pull it off.  Here are the gadgets that we came with:
  • Real honking car horn (signals the start and end of the simulation)
  • Rear-facing machine guns
  • Lasers
  • Flamethrower
  • Front-facing machine guns
  • Missile launcher
I toyed with the idea about using a servo to have a license plate that flipped over (ala Goldfinger), but the servo stopped working on me the night before, so I scrapped the idea.

To get these gadgets to work, I pulled these components together (more details in the following steps):
  • 1 laptop in the car that controlled the gadgets
  • 1 laptop that displayed a simulation of the chase (with music and sound effects) 
  • Simulation program 
  • 1 Phidgets circuit board for controlling a 5v circuit for LEDs
  • 2 Phidgets circuit boards for controlling 110v circuits (4 circuits a piece)
  • Various devices that can be controlled by 110v circuits
  • LEDs
James Bond themed everything, and &quot;The Incredibles&quot; soundtrack playing in the intro video? <br>For shame, sir
<p>One video has the &quot;James Bond&quot; theme, whilist the other has &quot;Mission Impossible.&quot; Where are you getting &quot;The Incredibles&quot; from?</p>
<p>During the Russian voiceover.</p>
<p>It wasn't strictly a James Bond-themed exhibit. We used themes from Mission Impossible, Man from UNCLE, Get Smart, The Avengers (TV series), and Soul Bossa Nova (From Austin Powers), as well as others</p><p>Sure, &quot;The Incredibles&quot; is a superhero movie by nature, but they also drew quite a bit of inspiration from 1960s spy flicks. The soundtrack was readily available and provided great atmospheric background music.</p>
Super! (Makes me want to rig up a race car arcade machine similarly.)
I'll take you one better, DIY-guy: An interactive version of &quot;Back to the Future: The Ride.&quot;
I'll take you one better, DIY-guy: An interactive version of &quot;Back to the Future: The Ride.&quot;
Cool idea! I'd want to play that game.
ford mazda 007
great thats is a mazda 007 would probably want to drive keep up the good work
&quot;Mazda 007&quot; Love it!
Incredible display.... Wish they had stuff like this when I was a kid!
Thanks, Ottscay!
I'm the neighbor and we're still trying to get the soot marks from the flame thrower off our siding! I think it melted a bit! Haha! Joking of course! Excellent work again Dr. Head!
Ha ha! Well, at least your house wasn't pelted with cannonballs like last year!<br><br>Thanks for the complement.
cool good for you!
Thanks, Dr!

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