When Ian Fleming wrote the first of the James Bond novels, Casino Royale, he had no idea in which direction the stories would go, least of all how many he would eventually write. When he introduced Bond as using a .25 ACP caliber Beretta in a flat chamois leather holster, he is commonly believed to have given little thought to it. Fleming had been issued a .25 ACPBaby Browning during the Second World War when he was in Naval Intelligence and felt it was an appropriate side arm for an intelligence officer on an undercover mission.
In an interview published posthumously in the December 1964 issue of Playboy Magazine, Fleming admitted that he was not an expert in the field of firearms, and "Quite honestly, the whole question of expertise in these matters bores me. Obviously, I want to know the facts. If a Gaylord holster is better than a Berns-Martin, I want to know about it, but there is where my interest rather ends." The reference would be to the holsters of Chic Gaylord, a well-known holster maker of the period who in fact DID make shoulder holsters to suit Fleming's choice of pistol for Bond, the Walther PPK.
Shortly before the publication of From Russia, with Love in 1956, Fleming received a fan letter from an author and gun collector, Geoffrey Boothroyd. He told Fleming that he admired the Bond novels apart from the hero's choice of weapon. Boothroyd felt the Beretta was "a lady's gun" with no real stopping power. He also objected to the choice of holster. Boothroyd proposed that Bond should use a revolver like the Smith & Wesson Centennial Airweight. It had no external hammer, so it would not catch on Bond's clothes. The Smith & Wesson could be kept in a Berns-Martin triple draw holster held in place with a spring clip which would decrease Bond's draw time. Boothroyd also said the suppressors Bond occasionally used were rarely silent and actually reduced the gun's stopping power.
Fleming thanked Boothroyd for his letter and made a few points of his own in his reply. He felt that Bond ought to have an automatic instead of a revolver. Fleming agreed that the Beretta lacked power, but pointed out that Bond had used more powerful weapons when necessary, such as the ColtM1911 .45 cal auto pistol he uses in Moonraker. Fleming also said that he had seen a silenced Sten gun during the war and the weapon had hardly made a whisper.
Ultimately Boothroyd recommended the Walther PPK7.65 mm as being the best choice for an automatic of that size, with its ammunition available everywhere. However, he suggested that 007 ought to have a revolver for long-range shooting. Fleming asked Boothroyd if he could lend his illustrator, Richard Chopping, one of his guns to be painted for the cover of From Russia, with Love. Boothroyd lent Chopping a Smith & Wesson.38 revolver that had the trigger guard removed for faster firing.
Fleming had Bond's Beretta caught in his trousers at the end of From Russia, with Love, an event that almost costs the secret agent his life. In the next novel Dr. No, a Major Boothroyd recommends that Bond switch guns. Major Boothroyd chose the Walther PPK 7.65mm after testing the Walther PPK, the Japanese M-14, the Russian Tokarev, and the Sauer M-38.
Bond keeps his Walther PPK automatic in a Berns-Martin triple-draw shoulder holster, which was a split-front spring-retention holster adaptable only to revolvers. The design of the holster was centered around the cylinder of a revolver, where the spring clip would "grip" the pistol. This mistake was possibly due to an error in Fleming's notes, transposing the Walther PPK for the Smith & Wesson Centennial Airweight to which the Berns-Martin holster was suited. Fleming lore says that Fleming had bought such a holster and had it sent to Jamaica. It has been argued over the years that Q-branch could have modified this legendary holster to accommodate automatics, but the company's brochures of the period were marked "no shoulder holster made for automatics."
AK-47, used by the KGB assassin Trigger. Bond identifies it as a "Kalashnikov," but incorrectly as a "submachine gun"; the AK is an assault/automatic rifle. Bond quips that it would turn the target into "strawberry jam." In fact this error treating was quite common these times. For example Polish Army when obtained firsts, used the same naming which is official designation for copy produced locally 1958 – 1962, when the next more popular, were properly named.
On 20 March 1974 an attempt was made to kidnap HRH The Princess Anne. The Walther PPK of the police officer protecting her jammed and was subsequently withdrawn from service. When John Gardner was asked to write a new series of James Bond continuation novels, one of the first things he decided was to update Bond's trusty Walther PPK. Gardner devoted two pages in his first James Bond novel Licence Renewed to the debate over whether to use a revolver or an automatic, and what make and model, before finally settling on an older FN M1903 in 9 mm Browning Long (9x20mmSR). Even Bond himself admits that it is an old gun. The original hardback cover illustration by Richard Chopping shows the FN pistol.
After criticism from fans for choosing an old gun, Gardner replaced the gun three more times, eventually sticking to the ASP 9 mm for the rest of the series. As he intended to downplay the gadgets in his books, Gardner compensated by bringing to the series a colorful arsenal of weapons from around the world.
Walther P99 used in the later Brosnan and early Craig films
When James Bond expert Raymond Benson was asked to take over writing the series, he briefly gave Bond back his Walther PPK. Benson also brought the series in line with the films and concurrently replaced Bond's PPK with the Walther P99 in the film novelization Tomorrow Never Dies. However, in some following books Bond would use both weapons: the PPK for concealment, and the P99 for situations that did not require a concealed weapon.
Carte Blanche is the first Bond novel to have a contemporary setting since The Man With the Red Tattoo in 2002.In the novel, Bond is with a new, secret agency called the Overseas Development Group, who protect the Realm by any means. Bond is issued with a Walther PPS in .40 S&W.
The scene from the novel Dr. No is replayed more-or-less verbatim in the 1962 film, ensuring the Walther PPK a place in cultural history. Bond shows a great deal more fidelity to his side arm in the films than in the novels, even going so far as to take on an international arms dealer and hi-tech arms enthusiastic Brad Whitaker armed only with an eight-shot, 7.65 mm semi-automatic. One notable difference between the novels and the films in relation to the PPK, is the lack of the "spur" on the magazine. The spur provides better grip on the weapon. In some of the films, the magazine used is a non-spur magazine. The PPK in the novels was noted to possess the spur, and never noted otherwise.
During the 1963 production of From Russia with Love, photographer David Hurn was commissioned to photograph the actors of the film in their costume. When the theatrical propertyWalther PPK did not turn up for the shoot, Hurn volunteered his own Walther LP 53air pistol and said he would airbrush out the long barrel; the airbrushed stills appearing in a US "JAMES BOND IS BACK" poster. However, Renato Fratini a film poster artist saw the original stills of the weapon and used it in his U.K. posters with the weapon appearing in several more film posters up to The Man With the Golden Gun. On 14 February 2001, Hurn had his LP 53 (serial number 054159) in its original presentation case and letter of provenance auctioned off at Christie's where the weapon fetched in excess of US$435,000.
From Tomorrow Never Dies to Casino Royale, Bond used a Walther P99. However, in Quantum of Solace he reverted back to his Walther PPK (possibly a tribute to the classic Bond films). In Skyfall, Bond starts the film out with the PPK, but he is later issued an upgrade by Q in the form of a Walther PPK/S 9mm Short with an optical palm reader coded to Bond's palmprint so only he can fire the weapon.
Walther PP, although it is called a Walther PPK, Bond is seen with the longer barreled PP in Dr. No.
FN Model 1910 with suppressor. (This pistol was apparently used because there was no PPK in the prop department that could be fitted with a suppressor at the time.)
Colt M1911A1 pistol, suppressed version used by the Three Blind Mice assassins and Professor R.J. Dent, though Bond calls it a "Smith and Wesson" in the film. In the scene where Bond is firing at Dr. No's 'Dragon' he begins firing the PP then the gun switches mid scene to an M1911A1 pistol (with an incorrectly functioning slide).
Walther P38, used by one of the Three Blind Mice assassins.
Walther PPK, Bond's issued sidearm. Also used by Kerim Bey, head of MI-6's "Station T" in Turkey, and by some Soviet agents on the train, perhaps because Makarov PM's weren't available for the film.
AR-7 "sniper" rifle, kept in his attache case. Chambered in .22 Long Rifle. Q identifies it as ".25 caliber."
MP40, Carried by SPECTRE guards on Blofeld's boat. Also seen in the hand of a SPECTRE assassin sent to kill Bond via helicopter and later by the assassins sent to kill Bond via boats.
Mauser C96, Used by Red Grant in the gypsy bazaar to protect Bond from Krilencu's men.
Walther P38, Soviet guard at the Russian consulate fires one during Bond's attack.
Llama Model XVIII, Grant pulls this pistol from an ankle holster and uses it to intimidate Bond on the Orient Express. Rosa Klebb also draws one, with pearl grips, during her last-ditch attempt to steal the Lektor from Bond's hotel room.
Speargun, Used to kill Vargas and during the underwater battle. Compressed-air powered, it might be a Technisub Jaguar, or one of the Nemrod Commando range. Domino uses this to shoot Largo at the film's climax.
Browning Auto 5, Used by Bond on Palmyra, he states it's a gun more suited for women, and shoots a clay pigeon from the hip.
Colt Detective Special. Largo almost shot Bond with this one, but Domino harpooned him before he got to fire a shot.
Walther PPK, Bond's issued sidearm; mentioned pre-duel by 007 as having a capacity of 6 shots in contrast to Scaramanga's 1.
"Triggerless" rifle, made by the PortuguesegunsmithLazar for an assassin with only three fingers. It was fired by squeezing a recessed trigger in the butt. Because it was designed to be fired with only three fingers, a person with a full hand would cause it to hit below where he was aiming, something which Bond made use of in threatening Lazar.
Francisco Scaramanga's golden gun, a custom made, gold-plated single-shot handgun chambered in 4.2 mm caliber. The gun can be disassembled to avoid detection into a gold cigarette lighter, a gold cigarette case, a gold cuff link, and a gold pen. Bond does not actually use this gun.
Luger P08, used by Claus at the beach. Loque briefly has one that is kicked out of his hand and commandeered by Columbo and one of his men. Apostis is seen attempting to detach Bond's climbing ropes from a cliff, using the butt of the pistol as a hammer.
Tokagypt 58, used by some men at Gonzales' house and by Milos Columbo and one of his men.
Ingram M10, used by two of Loque's warehouse guards.
Vis wz. 35, used by some of Milos Columbo's henchmen at the warehouse.
Armalite AR-18 (Short carbine version), used by Loque and one of his warehouse guards and by some of Kristatos' henchmen at the monastery.
Barnett Wildcat Crossbow, picked out by Melina in Cortina and used by her at St. Cyrils.
Walther P5, Bond's issued sidearm. He is clearly wielding a P5 in the taxi chase, but later tells Q "I appear to have misplaced my PPK.". This confusion is most likely a script issue. It would appear that Walther asked the producers to have Bond use the new P5, which Walther was trying to market to German police agencies at the time. However, no one changed the script. This same gun is used by Connery in the competing "Never Say Never Again" released the same year.
Sa vz. 58 (both standard fixed stock and metal folding stock versions), carried by a few soldiers in GDR, both standard fixed stock and metal folding stock versions are seen. Metal folding stock versions are seen carried by some of Kamal Khan's men at his palace in India. Bond takes this gun off one of Kamal's men and fires it while sliding down a banister.
AKMS assault rifle (both Hungarian and Soviet variants), used with RPG attachments by pursuing Czechoslovakian military near the Austrian boarder. And without by Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan. Bond takes this gun off a Russian soldier and uses it during the airfield battle.
CZ 83, Necros (used to assassinate Pushkin) and Koskov's second-in-command in Afghanistan.
AK assault rifle (both standard fixed stock and metal folding stock versions), both variants carried by some of Kamran Shah's Mujahideen fighters. Kamran Shah carries a folding stock variant. Some are also carried by Soviet guards at the Afghan airfield.
Karabiner 98K, carried and used by several Mujahideen fighters and by the Chief of Snow Leopard Brotherhood while fitted with a scope.
Taurus PT92 9 mm pistol (a Brazilian copy of the Beretta Model 92FS 9 mm pistol, as per the film's armorer in "The Making of Licence to Kill" by Sally Hibin), given to Bond by Felix Leiter during the opening sequence when Bond does not have a gun on him. Sidearm of Milton Krest who fires this weapon at Bond, unsuccessfully, when he jumps into the water after killing the deck guard
CAR-15 rifle, seen briefly being used by Felix Leiter and the DEA agents chasing Sanchez in the pre-title sequence.
Heckler & Koch MP5 (actually chopped and converted Heckler & Koch HK94A3), used by Dario in the pre-credits sequence and later by a guard at Milton Krest's warehouse. Also used by Krest's men on his boat, and by one of Sanchez' guards at his house.
Micro Uzi. used by one of Sanchesz' men, Perez. Sanchez uses this when he tries to shoot Bond off of the tanker trucks during the final battle.
Speargun. Bond uses this to kill a guard on the Wavekrest.
Smith & Wesson Model 66, Dario grabs this gun from one of his henchemen and uses it to fire at Bond and Pam as they get away on the boat.
"Signature gun", .220 (sic)(probably .220 Swift) sniper's rifle that is disguised as pieces of a Hasselblad camera, and only responds to his palm print. Bond uses this gun in an attempt to kill Franz Sanchez, but is thwarted by a ninja. When a ninja tries to use the gun himself, it won't fire. The .220 is also tongue in cheek at the 220 roll film the gun can take when a camera.
Beretta Model 950 (also known as the Jetfire), carried by Pam Bouvier in a concealed leg holster, and used by Bond for his "family reunion" with Q.
AKS-74U assault rifle. Bond uses this gun on two separate occasions. Xenia uses it to massacre the Severnaya facility.
AK-74 assault rifle. Bond takes this from a Russian soldier in Cuba. Xenia has one strapped to her back before Bond indirectly uses it to kill her. Trevalyan wields one in the final battle with Bond. Most AK-74s and AKS-74s that were seen in GoldenEye were Chinese-made Norinco 56S and 56-1S rifles that were fitted with AK-74 muzzle breaks and with Russian-made, AKM magazines made of red bakelite.
Browning BDA. Used by Trevelyan during the chemical facility shootout.
Heckler & Koch MP5K. Also used by Carver's men—most notably in a failed attempt to break into Bond's car. Bond uses this submachine gun during the final battle.
Heckler & Koch P7. Dr. Kaufman uses one to hold up Bond in his hotel room and to kill Paris. Bond later kills him with it after he is stunned by his phone's taser.
M60E4. Used by Stamper to gun down Devonshire survivors loaded with the ammunition used by the Chinese Air Force.
M16 rifle variants used by Carver's men. Stamper uses an M4 Carbine fitted with an M203 grenade launcher in the final battle. A henchman in the parking garage car chase also uses one, and one of the weapons that shatters the BMW's windshield.
Armsel Striker. One of the many weapons wielded by Carver's men in the parking garage chase.
Makarov pistol. Weapon carried by General Chang's man.
Browning Hi-Power, used by Bond in the embassy in Madagascar, taken from a local diplomat.
Walther PPK was featured in promotional photos. Also used by Bond during the fight with Fisher completing his first kill and commence Craig's first prologue in the gunbarrel sequence. Also used by a Steven Obanno's thug in the Splendid Hotel.
AKM assault rifle, used by some of the Ugandan "freedom fighters".
Heckler & Koch UMP. This gun was pictured in promotional shots for the movie as well as the movie's trailer. It was fitted with a suppressor. An unsuppressed version was used by Bond in the opening car chase.
SG 540, used by one of General Merdrano's henchmen in the boat chase in Haiti.
SIG P210, Bond acquires the SIG P210 with gold inlaid engraving from General Medrano's room when he tries to rescue Camille. Bond uses it to aid their escape when he sees a hydrogen fuel cell that he blows up to create a route out. He later uses it to threaten Greene before leaving him in the desert.
Walther PPK/S, Bond's newly issued sidearm. This time in 9mm Short (.380 ACP) rather than the usual 7.65 mm (.32 ACP). Q provides Bond with a signature version that only his palm print can activate to shoot.
Walther PPK. Bond uses this in the pre-titles sequence, but throws it away when it doesn't have any more ammo.
Glock 18. Patrice's gun that fires depleted uranium shells.
Olympic Arms K23B Tactical assault rifle. This is Eve Moneypenny's gun in the pre-titles sequence.
Custom sniper rifle. Patrice uses this one before he falls to his death.
Bond's father's hunting rifle was provided for the film by Anderson-Wheeler gun makers. The rifle was a double barreled 500 Nitro.
Heckler & Koch HK416. 10.4 inch barrel variant used by Silva's men during the attack on Skyfall and used by Bond after retrieving it from one of their bodies.
John Rigby Dueling pistol. Silva and Bond use one to when Silva invites Bond to shoot a glass off Severine's head.
Note: The names of several firearms have been changed in the video games. In Quantum of Solace, most firearms are named after Bond films, for example, the FRWL is named after From Russia with Love and the V-TAK 31 is named after A View to a Kill.
Smith & Wesson SW99 (called Wolfram P2K, playable with suppressor or unsuppressed) *Although the firearm Bond uses in the films at this point is the Walther P99, In Agent Under Fire, the producers renditioned the gun to resemble the P99 counterpart, the Smith & Wesson SW99.
Walther PPK (called Wolfram PP7, playable with suppressor or unsuppressed) Consoles only.
Walther P99 (called Wolfram P2K, playable with suppressor or unsuppressed)
Glock 18 Two Glock 18s are seen in the game. One is the Kowloon Type 40 which has a semi auto function as well as a three round burst, and the other is the Kowloon Type 80 which is always on a Full auto mode. Full-auto one is on the console version, only.