In this treatise, I am going to discuss the various armaments’ of Comander James Bond CMG, RNVR MI-6 00 branch 007 as per the writings of Ian Fleming, both the well known novels and the lesser known. For the uninitiated, the Cubby Broccoli film franchise has very little to do with the original novels. Through the films, we are never given any background as pertains to Bond’s early years spent at Eaton & Cambridge where he took a first in Asian languages. As for the infamous Aston-Martin DB-5, never happened. Bond’s cherished car was a 1931 Supercharged Bentley Type II with custom Mulliner coachwork to reduce the size of the rather large boot. The Bentley was maintained by a retired mechanic from the Crewe works. The Bentley is wreaked in the final chapter of “One Her Majesty’s Secret Service” while Bond & his new bride, Countess Teresa di Vicenzo (Tracy) are being pursued by the red Maserati on the way to the Gasthaus in Kufstein when Tracy takes a suppressed bullet meant for James. ”…Bond’s head sank down against her’s and he whispered into her hair–”you see, we’ve got all the time in the world…”
Between 1953 (Casino Royale) & 1957 (From Russia With Love), bond carries his trusty Beretta 418 chambered for the .25 acp cartridge. This weapon was carried in a compact, light chamois Berns-Martin shoulder rig similar to what Fleming used during his time with H.M. Naval Intelligence. Of course his casual wear was primarily Seabreeze Tropic. I will presume that it was a bespoke holster. Bond’s Seville Row tailor had been making his shirts for years, adjusted his suits for full concealment. His suits… high-quality, off-the-rack, knowing the abuse they would see . . In 1954’s “Live and Let Die”, Bond takes to keeping a long barreled Colt “Army Special” in the glove box of the Bentley. One may surmise that this was a Mod. 1917 in .45. Due to the lack of Fleming’s precise descriptions, even when he began taking weapons advice from Major Boothroyd, the model for “Q”, little exact information is available.
After almost losing his life from superior firepower against what “M” referred to as a “ladies gun” in “Diamonds are Forever”, Bond is forced to relinquish the Beretta for “Q”s recommended Walther PPK chambered in 7.62 (.32 acp). The PPK was carried…again, in a custom Berns-Martin Triple-Draw fitted chamois shoulder rig supported by a spring clip
In 1958’s “Dr. No”, Bond scrounges a .38 spl S&W Centennial Airweight which he uses to dispatch 3 of the good Dr’s henchmen.
In 1960’s”From a View to a Kill”, Bond is issued a “Long Barreled Colt .45” in his hunt for the Russian spy he is sent to assassinate. Again, the specifics are never revealed. From here to 1966, the PPK is Bond’s constant companion except for two occasions; 1965’s “The Man With the Golden Gun” where he uses Scaramangas’ gold plated .45 Long Colt SAA
to shoot a pineapple off young lady’s head and “The Living Daylights” Winchester .308 “Target Rifle” modified by Q-branch into a “repeater” for an assassination assignment.