Sony Ericsson PLAY – Did it first appear 14 years ago?

During our close-up with the Sony Ericsson PLAY we felt that we’d somehow seen the phone before. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but tonight, thanks to ITV1 showing the old James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies”, it all became clear. Here’s the Ericsson device from the movie. James Bond uses the phone throughout the film to kill baddies, blast through doors, open a safe and even drive his BMW remotely. Here he’s using it to steer the car around a German car-park. This is 1997 by the way…..
Sony Ericsson PLAY   Did it first appear 14 years ago?

..and here’s the Sony Ericsson PLAY from a couple of weeks back. Case closed. :)
Sony Ericsson PLAY   Did it first appear 14 years ago?


I’ve since found out that this phone in the movie was the Ericsson JB988 (JB for James Bond). More here.

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  • Stonespringbok

    Its a shame that the phone used was a Nokia communicator then……

    • Kal El

      No its not. Look at the picture is says Ericsson above the screen!!

  • ItemSize

    It’s older than 14 years actually. It was spotted in a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film – some woman was playing Tekken 3 on one in the street.

    • Anonymous

      Haha! Love that!

  • I prefer the OLD model myself…

  • DAS

    Is it possible to get a hold of this phone or why has no one ever created dummy phones for us bond collecters