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James Bond has been shot at 4,662 times on screen

10-May-2012 • Bond News

According to researcher Gordon Stanger from the Solomon Islands, James Bond may be lucky with the ladies, but he's even luckier when it comes to dodging bullets.

As he writes in the New Scientist magazine, "there is some ambiguity over how many gunshots have been fired at James Bond because, in many gunfights, it is not clear who the shots are aimed at. However, by my reckoning, in the 22 Bond films to date, there have been at least 4662 shots fired at our hero. A static well-aimed shot would almost certainly have proved lethal, but assuming all 4662 were "on the run", the probability of a single fatal shot is about 5 per cent. That is, the chance of a single shot missing is 0.95, and hence the probability of all shots missing is 0.954662 or 1.4 × 10-104, which is as close to zero as makes no difference."

Stanger adds, "Apart from gunshots there have been 130 dastardly attempts to kill Bond. Factor that in, and you have a really small probability. For the record, Bond has also slain 198 villains, creating yet another bizarre improbability."

Thanks to `Steven` for the alert.

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