The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

Ever since watching James Bond as a child, we've all dreamt about spy toys. Secret cameras, hidden guns, that kind of thing. Well here's the real deal, straight out of the KGB vaults.

Pictured above, for instance, is a tiny film camera, concealed in a coat button, courtesy of English Russia. The hand held device let KGB agents photograph, well, whatever they damn well pleased. Most important, though, it let them do it while being cool. Yeah, yeah: and discrete, too.

Sure, we've shown you the kinds of toys that CIA agents get to play with with before. But there's something about this KGB kit that feels right. By which I mean, I could imagine a Russian foe of James Bond using them: it's gritty, utilitarian and looks like it really works. Here are some more of our favorites.


The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

A miniature gun hidden on the inside of a glove.


The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

A 4.5mm gun hidden inside a lipstick.


The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

A small camera hidden inside a pen.


The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

A coin with a hidden recess on the inside.


The Secret Spy Toys of The KGB

An electronic listening system hidden inside a log.


You can see the full set of pictures, including cyanide guns and concealed AK-47s, by heading over to English Russia. It's well worth it. [English Russia; Images: English Russia, courtesy of the International Spy Museum]