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About James Bond and relays. Fiction.

It is generally known that Sean Connery has an electro-technical education. He even owns Weller’s   WS81 soldering station (a little bit old fashioned without display, but let's not forget that Sean is already 87 years old). His passion for relays is less known.

In 1963, he even tried to convince Ian Fleming to shoot movie with James Bond, in which his life would depend on the closing of contacts of relay series 60 (Italians were already working on it at that time, mass production began in 1966).

The idea was to use the relay 60.13.8.240.0040, which would switch the motor for the sliding gate. It was shortly after Britain decided to unify the mains electricity voltage to 240Vac / 50Hz. (The British moved towards the European harmonized 230V after 1993). Thus, 240V - no problem for Italian - relay located in socket 90.03 for DIN rail behind the door.

Connery wanted to dramatize the situation by using the timer module 86.00.0.240.0000 (using his "on-delay" function, but the module at the time of shooting was not yet available).

Connery didn’t want to use the coil indication module 99.02.0.230.98 with green LED on purpose because he wanted the device to be as inconspicuous as possible (typical Bond). But the fact that he didn’t want to use the metal retainig clip 090.33, which holds the relay in socket, was quite surprising, since the whole buildings are shaking in Bond’s action scenes. He probably forgot (unusual Bond).

He also came up with the movie name – GOLDFINDER.

Fleming agreed, but when the idea got to the public, the proud English (Connery as a Scot and Fleming even though being an English, but Connery's fan, had no problem) had finally convinced Fleming to miss the scene with the Italian relay. It was too late to completely change the name, so the name GOLDFINGER was finally created.

The film was premiered in 1964, but it is not one of the most successful Bond movies. We know that Connery played it disgusted with the rejection of his idea and in the end, there is no mention of the Finder, even of any relay in the whole movie.

The fact that Connery had a good feeling for the relay was confirmed, because the 60 series is still a stock type in the classical round version of the socket.

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