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Sony Xperia can’t deliver a James Bond class smartphone so Microsoft should.

Sony Xperia can’t deliver a James Bond class smartphone so Microsoft should.

The Sony Xperia Z4 Is Not Up To Bond’s Standards

With new Bond adventure SPECTRE arriving in early November, the master spy has been left ill equipped to communicate with M as both 007 and Q felt Sony simply didn’t have a phone up to the task.

trailer courtesy of James Bond official site

After covert communiques leaked on the subject after a clearly SPECTRE inspired hack of Sony the question remains, who will step up and deliver to Q-Branch a phone with a license to thrill?

Just as important which apps does Bond favor?

There’s a Mole leaking Top Secret information in our organisation …

We all followed the Sony email leak story as it broke in connection with movie The Interview. The movie’s spoof plotline of assassinating Korean leader Kim Jung Il achieved more controversy than James Bond could in Die Another Day when 007 combatted a world threat from a rogue North Korean Colonel.

Rumors that the hack and leak of the emails were retaliation from North Korea for the perceived insult were met with even more rumors of an inside job… a mole. Either way this was reminiscent of the sort of mess Bond would be sent to clean up were Sony a British government facility.

One of the stories that leaked along with a multitude of other emails was of reticence from the SPECTRE set in allowing product placement for any pricetag of the Sony Xperia Z4 as Bond’s personal smartphone.

Business Insider reported the story with a quote specifically about the Sony Xperia phones:

Craig and Spectre director Sam Mendes resisted because “James Bond only uses the ‘best.'”

Meanwhile, the phone was released not as the Sony Xperia Z4 but as the rebranded Z3+ which fairly represents the small and notably insignificant improvements between this flagship model and the earlier Z3.

That said, GSM Arena’s voters gave the device high scores for design, features and performance:

Sony Xperia Z4 - James Bond phone

Still given 007’s proclivity for destruction and a repeated failure to return equipment, one might expect his phone to at least have Gorilla Glass if not an armored body of some hi-tech material.

Will this be the phone in SPECTRE? Nothing has been confirmed yet.

The Warptest POV

Spies are trained like business strategists or product evangelists to seize an opportunity the moment it appears yet only Samsung made an overt attempt to woo SPECTRE into using one of their smartphones (according to the aforementioned Business Insider article).

Any smartphone company would have had a tough time negotiating a deal to get their phone into the Bond franchise but this was an attempt worth making. How many fans would have seriously considered James Bond’s phone a must-have? Rhetorical question.

So is there some reason we didn’t read leaked emails that Microsoft tried to put a new Windows 10 Lumia flagship phone in Daniel Craig’s hand? Wouldn’t Bond have benefited from Continuum, Cortana or other still uniquely Windows (10) Phone features?

Just think of the victory in declaring Cortana the new Bond Girl, a virtual competitor with Moneypenny.

I’m hoping that these negotiations are still happening at some Top Secret location where no mole can leak this until we see Q handing Bond a Walther PPK and a Lumia.


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