On 6/3/2016 4:58 PM, Ralph Mowery wrote:
# ***@aol.com says...
# # In the 60s I saw a James Bond movie where one of the bad guys had a Smith & Wesson semi.
# # I still remember the dialogue. James (a very young Sean Connery) says "that's a Smith and
# # Wesson, and you've had your six." Then he calmly shoots and kills the guy. I remember as
# # a child being a bit shocked at the casualness of the killing.
# # I googled it, and according to IFMDB, that pistol was a 1911 and S&W did not make one at
# # the time; the slide did lock back after six rounds in the movie. So this was a firearms
# # error that ifmdb speculates may have intended a S&W revolver instead. This was Dr. No,
# # 1962, and the bad guy in this scene was Professor Dent.
# Flemming knew little of guns. If the movie makers used the same
# reference to guns as he did there could be many mistakes.
"The Walther PPK pistol is famous as fictional secret agent James Bond's
gun in many of the films and novels: Ian Fleming's choice of the Walther
PPK directly influenced its popularity and its notoriety. Fleming
had given Bond a .25 Beretta 418 pistol in early novels, but switched to
the PPK in Dr. No on the advice of firearms expert Geoffrey Boothroyd."
Seriously, Fleming started out arming an international spy with a gun
firing 7 rounds of .25 caliber from a 2.4" barrel? And the replacement
PPK (firing 7 rounds of .32 from a 3.3" barrel) can't have been state of
the art. Shoot, a Browning Model 1922 (9 rounds of .380 from a 4.5"
barrel) was also concealable and would have been a better choice.