Night vision goggles.
They sit alongside the paraphernalia of intelligence: double identity paperwork, suitcase broadcast radios, a pipe which doubles as a small but perfectly formed gun. Instructions for use in the field.
And here in London we can inspect them at close range. MI5 and MI6 may have a cloak-and-dagger present, but their past is part of an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Southwark.
Here you can search files on past agents and operations, and see some of the artefacts which have formed part of the day-to-day organisation of British Intelligence since the forming of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1909.
It covers operations in the first and second world wars as well as the Cold War.
And one of the final parts of the exhibition – called ‘Secret War’ – is a representation of how the SAS freed hostages taken at the Iranian Embassy in 1980.
It is a little surreal having the things which have been kept secret for so long open to public scrutiny.The gadgets that James Bond used in the field were not so very far-fetched after all, if the exhibits at the IWM are anything to go by.
If you are far, far away from London it is worth knowing that both MI5 and MI6 have websites. Although whether you can access them outside Britain, we have not yet tested.