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Dr Metin Tolan, an award-winning physicist, will explain the physics behind some of James Bond’s most legendary exploits.

Mumbai | Updated: March 29, 2015 11:41 pm
james bond, pierce brosnan, metin tolan The biggest question of them all, why Bond likes his Martini shaken, not stirred, will also be solved.

By Express Features Service

Besides his suave style and cheeky one-liners, James Bond has through the decades become synonymous with heroic stunts, supplemented by his many futuristic gadgets. Whether it’s the gravity-defying scene in GoldenEye where Pierce Brosnan catches a falling plane, or the magnetic watch that Roger Moore uses to unzip Madeleine Smith’s skirt in Live and Let Die, the physics behind the moments has baffled many an enthusiast.

Questions like these will be answered in a lecture by experimental physicist Dr Metin Tolan on Monday. Organised by The German Research Foundation – DFG India Office, Tolan’s lecture, titled “Shaken not Stirred! James Bond in the Focus of Physics”, will be interspersed with relevant sequences from the films. The biggest question of them all, why Bond likes his Martini shaken, not stirred, will also be solved.

Tolan has received many laurels for his work in the past, including the Communicator’s Award 2013, the most important prize for science communication in Germany. Before the event, he is slated to meet professors from IIT Bombay and will host the same event in Delhi on April 1.

“Shaken not Stirred! James Bond in the Focus of Physics” will be held at Blue Sea Banquet Hall, Worli at 6 pm. It is a free-for-all event.

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