Iconic Hollywood tech

Big screen characters and the gadgets that defined them

The hover board from Back to the Future 2 could soon become a reality and to celebrate we pay homage to the top tech made iconic by Hollywood bigwigs

Mattell is set to launch the hover board made iconic by Marty McFly in Back to the Future 2 which no doubt will have fans of the flick wondering if they can stump up what is likely to be a big sum of cash to own one.

Helping to define Marty as one of Hollywood's most iconic roles, we look back the other characters who raided the section of the dressing-up box labelled “iconic”.

Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men: Captive Bolt pistol

One of cinema's most chilling characters, sociopathic hitman Chigurh is possessor of both the most frightening haircut of all time, and the most unwieldy weapon: a captive bolt pistol.

Also known as a cattle gun or bolt gun, the CBP propels a bolt forcefully forward using compressed air, knocking out cows before they're slaughtered. Used on humans, the bolt fatally destroys a large part of the brain. It also doubles as a great way of gaining entry to premises, literally punching the lock out of the door.

Darth Vader: Lightsaber

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Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump: Nike Cortez

The only choice of running shoe for a big-hearted simpleton, Nike Cortez were worn by Tom Hanks in the product-placement-heavy treacle-fest that was this 1994 blockbuster. After investing in Apple and earning gazillions of dollars through shrimping, Forrest loses his woman, so does the natural thing and runs for nearly four years in his Nike pumps.

You'd think having someone mentally challenged promote your wares would be a bad move, but given that the USA voted in George W Bush six years later, maybe not. Zing!

Gordon Gekko, Wall Street: Motorola Dynatac

In an opening scene to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, in cinemas this autumn, Michael Douglas' best-known character, Gordon Gekko, is released from 23 years in the slammer. A prison officer hands Gekko his personals, including a set of keys, a gold watch, and a Motorola Dynatac phone the size of a dachshund. It's a powerful metaphor for how the former whizz kid is now yesterday's man.

Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs: Facial restraint mask

Another iconic psycho, Hannibal is remembered for Anthony Hopkins' rather baroque performance and his penchant for eating people - the reason for his muzzle.

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Jake and Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers: Ray-Ban Wayfarers

To complete their "blind undertaker" look, Jake wore Ray-Ban 5022C15, also known as Wayfarer I, with brown frames and black lenses, while Elwood wore Ray-Ban Wayfarer II, with black frames and black lenses.

By the time the highly unfortunate Blues Brothers 2000 came along the glasses were still cool, but Jake (John Belushi) was dead of a massive drug overdose, while Elwood (Dan Akroyd) had swollen to double his original size in a bid to compensate.

John Rambo, First Blood: M60

Rambo's BFG of choice is "The Pig", an American machine gun used during the Vietnam War - natch. The M60 fires chunky 7.62x51mm cartridges from a disintegrating belt of M13 links and is more usually operated by a squad of three soldiers.

It's the ammo belt strapped across Stallone's gorilla chest that really defines Rambo though, as it appears to have magical qualities. Watch First Blood and First Blood II and you'll notice that the belt first gets shorter as you'd expect but then suddenly increases in size again, facilitating more slaying of the enemies of freedom.

Marty Mcfly, Back to the Future part II: Self-drying jacket

The best of the BTTF franchise, 1989's Part II brought us the hoverboard and a futuristic red and grey jacket. This adapts to fit its wearer perfectly, then dries itself - and Michael J Fox's beautifully conditioned hair - at the press of a button, after he's fallen off said hoverboard into a pond. This makes him look like he's wearing a life jacket for the duration of the film, commented on by everyone he meets. That's a small price to pay for moisture-free stylishness, though.

Sean Connery, Dr No: Walther PPK

The Walther PPK wasn't Ian Fleming's original choice for James Bond; that was a Beretta 418. He eventually decided this was a bit of a "lady's gun" and replaced it as 007's main firearm with a Walther PPK 7.65mm after the fifth Bond book, From Russia With Love.

By the time Dr No, the first Bond film, was made it was firmly cemented as the louche spy's weapon of choice. The PPK, launched in 1931, was among the world's first successful double-action, semi-automatic pistols and also happened to be the firearm that Hitler used to shoot himself with.

The Joker, Batman: Deadly toys

Jack Nicholson's favoured weapons were almost Chigurh-like in their unwieldiness in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman reboot. His arsenal included an acid-squirting flower, cyanide pies, exploding cigars filled with nitroglycerin, a lethal hand buzzer and "Joker Venom", a poison that would make victims die laughing, leaving their corpses with grotesque, Cherie Blair-style grins.