|Beretta 418 Beretta 418
The Beretta 418 was, effectively, James Bond's first firearm. Although it was Bond's weapon of choice in the early Fleming novels, it was replaced inDr. No by the Walther PPK. The reason for this change is found in the previous book, From Russia, With Love where the silencer of Bond's Beretta gets caught in the waistband of this trousers which prevented him from drawing his gun. Taking several months to recover from injuries sustained at the end of the earlier book, Bond has his new weapon forced upon him. To date, the Beretta has only made a single appearance on the big screen in the first James Bond adventure, Dr. No (1962). As in the novel, it is promptly replaced by the PPK for similar reasons.
|The Walther PPK
Walther PPK is a German pistol issued to James Bond in the Ian Fleming novel, Dr. No. With the transition to the big screen, the PPK became Bond’s primary weapon and was featured from 1962 (Dr. No) to 1997 (Tomorrow Never Dies). In the film Tomorrow Never Dies, the transition was made to the Walther P99, which would be used for the rest of Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as Bond. however, the Walther PPK made a welcome return as 007’s main sidearm throughout the film. This trend continued in Skyfall (2012), where the spy was provided with a modified PPK/S.Although the promotional material for Casino Royale featured the PPK, it was only used during the pre-title fight sequence with Dryden’s contact, Fisher. For the rest of the film, Bond would continue to rely on the P99. For 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
|Browning FN Model 1910
Good continuity was not a notable feature of the early Bond films, particularly regarding firearms. In Dr No for example, Bond uses his Walther PP throughout, except for a scene where he shoots Professor Dent with a silenced pistol. In this scene and for no readily apparent reason, he uses an FN Model 1910. It has been claimed that this was because a prop PP which could be fitted with a silencer wasn’t available. However, this seems unlikely as Connery removes the silencer simply by pulling and twisting. It is obvious that the prop silencer is fitted with a dowel which is pushed inside the barrel of the M1910 and it’s difficult to see why the same thing couldn’t have been done with the Walther PP used during the rest of the movie.
|Walther LP 53
Although it did not appear in any movie, photographs of Sean Connery as James Bond with a Walther LP53 air pistol provided one of the most iconic images of Bond in the 1960s. The image of Connery holding the long-barreled LP53 close to his face proved for advertising material and posters not just for From Russia With Love, but also Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967). Sean Connery attended a photo shoot with photographer David Hurn to produce images for poster art and advertising material for the forthcoming movie From Russia With Love. The plan was for Connery to be photographed with the PPK, but when he turned up, no-one had remembered to bring the prop pistol! Fortunately, Hurn was a keen air pistol shooter and owned a Walther LP 53 air pistol. This was used for photography with the intention that the long barrel of the LP53 would later be airbrushed out so that it would resemble the PPK.
| The Walther P99
Was launched in 1997, the same year that the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies was released. In a nifty piece of product placement, Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan) swapped his venerable Walther PPK for a Walther P99 in the movie. Which seems kind of an odd choice for a secret agent who requires a concealed carry weapon – the P99 Compact would seem like a more logical pistol. Maybe the movie makers felt the same way because the screen Bond retained the P99 for just two more movies before Casino Royale in 2006 when the new Bond, played by Daniel Craig, reverted to a PPK.
|Smith & Wesson Model 29
In Live and Let Die (1973), the first official Bond Movie to star Roger Moore as 007, our hero uses a nickel finish Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver with a 6″ barrel when he rescues Solitaire from the evil Katanga. This revolver had become well-known to movie fans after being used in the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry in 1971.
In Octopussy (1983), the 13th official Bond film, Bond is played by Roger Moore and carries a Walther P5 throughout. Launched in the mid 1970s, the P5 is a logical choice for Bond – it’s fairly small and light and was chambered for the 9x19mm round. However, when Roger Moore returned two years later for his final Bond movie, A View to a Kill, the character had reverted to a Walther PPK. In the same year that Octopussy was released, Sean Connery returned to the role of Bond in the unofficial Bond movie Never Say Never Again. In an odd coincidence, Connery also carries a Walther P5 in this movie.
During the climatic fight at the Perla de las Dunas Hotel in Bolivia, Bond (Daniel Craig) Quantum of Solace acquires a Sig P210 with gold inlayed engraving in General Medrano's room when he comes to rescue Camille Montes, who has just killed Medrano. As he and Camille are cornered by flames, he uses it to shoot a hydrogen fuel cell. The ensuing explosion destroys a wall, opening a route to them to escape the fire. Bond is then seen with the gun as he abandons Dominic Greene to his fate in the desert.
|Heckler & Koch VP9
Bond (Daniel Craig) takes a Heckler & Koch VP9 9x19mm from a Spectre henchman at the entrance of the Hoffler clinic in Sölden as Madeleine Swann is being kidnapped by Mr. Hinx. He then uses it to shoot at Hinx's convoy from his plane during the ensuing chase to rescue Madeleine.