The Guns of James Bond
10th February 2016
How a fan letter changed the way Ian Fleming armed his literary hero James Bond 007
By MI6 Staff
A fan letter from pistol expert Geoffrey Boothroyd to Ian Fleming was the start of an exchange that would see James Bond forfeiting his precious Beretta in favour of something a little more robust. The BBC broadcast a short film about the subject titled 'The Guns of James Bond' back in 1964 as part of their regular Time Out programme.
Boothroyd guides the viewer through the firepower options available to the jobbing secret agent, explains why the Beretta, a 'ladies' pistol', had to go and illustrates why its replacement, the Walther PPK, was a much more suitable choice for Fleming's Bond.