The Man with the Golden Gun - Duel Scene

The following is a list of firearms used by James Bond in the novel and film adventures.


Ian Fleming

When Ian Fleming wrote the first of the James Bond novels, Casino Royale, he had no idea the direction in which the stories would go, let alone how many he would eventually write. So when he introduced, Bond as using a Beretta 418 in a flat chamois leather holster he probably didn't think too much about it. He had used such a gun during the Second World War when he was in Naval Intelligence and felt it was an appropriate sidearm for a secret agent on an undercover mission.

Shortly before the publication of From Russia with Love in 1956, Fleming received a fan letter from a Major Geoffrey Boothroyd. Boothroyd was a retired Army Major and gun collector. Boothroyd told Fleming that he really admired the Bond novels apart from the hero's choice of weapon. He felt that the Beretta 418 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 had bad words about the silencer Bond occasionally used, saying that they were rarely silent and reduced the power of a gun.

Fleming replied, thanked the Major for his letter, and made a few points. He felt that Bond ought to have an automatic pistol; perhaps Boothroyd could recommend one? He agreed that the Beretta 418 lacked power, but pointed out that Bond had used more powerful weapons when the need required, such as the Colt Army Special 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.

Boothroyd recommended the Walther PPK 7.65mm as being the best choice for an automatic of that size, with its ammunition available everywhere. He suggested, however, that 007 ought to have a revolver for long-range work. 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 .357 Magnum revolver that had the trigger guard removed for faster firing.

Fleming had Bond's Beretta caught in his holster 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 certain Major Boothroyd recommends that Bond switch guns. Bond is issued a Walther PPK but is told to carry it in a Berns-Martin triple draw holster, which is designed only to carry revolvers. This is an odd mistake given that Fleming had bought such a holster and had it sent to Jamaica. (It has been argued that Q-branch could have modified an excellent holster to accommodate automatics.

Novel Year Guns
Casino Royale 1953
  • Beretta 418, Bond's main gun.
  • Colt Police Positive. Bond keeps one under his pillow while he sleeps.
Live and Let Die 1954
  • Beretta 418, Bond's main gun.
  • Colt Detective Special. Bond takes this off Tee-Hee's corpse and uses it to kill two more of Mr. Big's men in the car park.
  • Champion speargun. Bond uses this to fend off a barracuda during his swim to Mr. Big's island.
Moonraker 1955
Diamonds Are Forever 1956
From Russia with Love 1957
  • Beretta 418, Bond's main gun.
  • Red Grant's .25 electric gun hidden inside a hollowed-out copy of War and Peace.
Dr. No 1958
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Beretta 418. James Bond is forced to hand this gun over to M.
  • Smith & Wesson Centennial Airweight for "long-range work". Bond decides to take this to Crab Key island rather than the PPK as there will be no time for close encounters.
  • Smith & Wesson .38. Bond finds this gun on Crab Key and uses it to kill three of Doctor No's men.
Goldfinger 1959
  • Bond carries the Walther PPK in a hollowed-out copy of "The Bible to be Read as Literature".
For Your Eyes Only 1960
"From A View to a Kill"
  • Long-barreled Colt .45. Bond's main gun as he hunts for a Russian spy.
"For Your Eyes Only"
  • Savage 99F. Bond is given the gun by an American policeman.
"Quantum of Solace"
  • No gun is mentioned or used.
"The Hildebrand Rarity"
  • No gun is mentioned or used.
Thunderball 1961
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun, but he doesn't use it in this mission.
The Spy Who Loved Me 1962
  • As this book is told from the point-of-view of the "Bond-girl", the identity of Bond's gun is not mentioned. But it is presumably his Walther PPK.
  • Submachinegun. Bond mentions in an anecdote that he used a submachinegun on his last mission in Canada, and that he fired from the hip which is "the correct way to fire" an automatic weapon.
  • Bond keeps a gun under his pillow as he sleeps, but this gun is never identified.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1963
You Only Live Twice 1964
  • Walther PPK, but Bond isn't allowed to take it with him when he faces Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The Man with the Golden Gun 1965
  • Cyanide gun.
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Scaramanga's gold-plated single-action Colt .45 which Bond uses once to shoot a pineapple off a showgirl's head.
Octopussy and The Living Daylights 1966
  • No gun is mentioned or used.
"The Property of a Lady"
  • No gun is mentioned or used.
"The Living Daylights"
  • Winchester .308 target rifle, modified by Q-Branch to make it a repeating rifle.
"007 in New York"
  • No gun is mentioned or used.

Kingsley Amis

Novel Year Guns
Colonel Sun 1968

John Gardner

On March 20, 1974 an attempt was made to kidnap HRH 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 9mm 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 9mm 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.

Novel Year Guns
Licence Renewed 1981
  • FN M1903 9mm. Bond chooses this to replace his Walther PPK, which is now banned by the service.
  • Ruger .44 Super Redhawk. Bond keeps one of these (illegally) in his Saab 900 Turbo, and uses it during a car chase, firing it through his car's gunports.
  • Antique dueling pistol.
  • Colt Python .357 Magnum. Bond uses this briefly in an airborne shootout with Murik's men.
  • MBA Gyrojet.
For Special Services 1982
  • Heckler & Koch VP70 9mm. After criticism from fans over the choice of an old gun, Gardner replaced Bond's FN M1903 with a more modern DAO 9mm polymer pistol.
Icebreaker 1983
  • Heckler & Koch P7 9mm becomes Bond's main gun in this adventure.
Role of Honour 1984
  • ASP 9mm. Gardner finally settled on the ASP as Bond's main gun.
Nobody Lives For Ever 1986
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
No Deals, Mr. Bond 1987
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
Scorpius 1988
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
  • Browning Compact 9mm
Win, Lose or Die 1989
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
Licence to Kill 1989
Brokenclaw 1990
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
The Man from Barbarossa 1991
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
Death is Forever 1992
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
Never Send Flowers 1993
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
SeaFire 1994
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.
GoldenEye 1995
COLD 1996
  • ASP 9mm, Bond's main gun.

Raymond Benson

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 novelisation Tomorrow Never Dies.  In later novels Bond carried the PPK for undercover work and the P99 for overt work.

Novel Year Guns
"Blast From the Past" (short story) 1997 Walther PPK
Zero Minus Ten 1997 Walther PPK
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Walther PPK
Walther P99
The Facts of Death 1998 Walther P99
"Midsummer Night's Doom" (short story) 1999 Walther P99
"Live at Five" (short story) 1999 Walther P99
The World Is Not Enough 1999 Walther PPK
High Time to Kill 1999

Walther P99

Walther PPK

Doubleshot 2000

Walther P99

Walther PPK

Never Dream of Dying 2001

Walther P99

Walther PPK

The Man with the Red Tattoo 2002 Walther P99
Die Another Day 2002 Walther P99

Young Bond

Novel Year Guns
SilverFin 2005 No weapon used
Blood Fever 2006


Official films


Walther P99 9mm

The scene from the novel Dr. No is replayed more-or-less verbatim in the 1962 film, insuring the Walther PPK a place in cultural history. Bond shows a great deal more fidelity to his sidearm in the films than in the novels, even going so far as to take on an international arms dealer and hi-tech arms enthusiastic like Brad Whitaker armed only with an eight-shot, 7.65mm semi-automatic.

As there is more gunplay in the recent film, Bond has changed to a more modern handgun, though it is still a Walther. There is also a greater use of assault rifles and submachineguns during the battle sequences.

Title Year Guns
Dr. No 1962
  • Beretta Model 1934 or Beretta Model 1935. Bond, reluctantly, has to hand this gun over to M.
  • Walther PPK Bond is forced to use the Walther PPK as his main gun. (Although identified as a PPK in the film and presumably intended as such, Sean Connery actually uses a slightly larger, but visually similar, Walther PP in the film.)
  • FN Model 1910 with silencer.
From Russia with Love 1963
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • AR-7 sniper rifle, kept in his attache case.
Goldfinger 1964
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Walther P38, He use this when first engages Goldfinger's men instead of his Walther PPK.
Thunderball 1965
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Speargun used to kill Vargas and during the underwater battle.
You Only Live Twice 1967
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Cigarette rocket, used to kill one of Blofeld's guards.
  • MBAssociates Gyrojet Rifle, used by Tiger Tanaka and his ninja commandos on the raid on Blofeld's base.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969
Diamonds Are Forever 1971
Live and Let Die 1973
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • "Triggerless" rifle, made by the Portuguese gunsmith Lazar for an assassin with only three fingers.
  • Francisco Scaramanga's Golden Gun, a custom made, gold-plated single-shot handgun chambered in 4.2mm 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.
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Sterling L2A3 sub-machine gun, used during the battle onboard the Liparus supertanker.
Moonraker 1979
For Your Eyes Only 1981
Octopussy 1983
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Walther P5, Bond briefly replaces his PPK with this larger 9mm gun. The switchover appears to take place after the taxi chase ("I appear to have misplaced my PPK." he tells Q).
  • CZ 58 automatic rifle. Bond takes this gun off one of Kamal Khan's men and fires it while sliding down a bannister.
A View to a Kill 1985
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Shotgun loaded with (non-lethal) rock salt which he uses to send off some of Max Zorin's hired goons.
The Living Daylights 1987
  • Walther WA2000 sniper rifle. Bond uses this to shoot the rifle out of Kara Milovy's hands.
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Kalashnikov AKM automatic rifle. Bond takes this gun off a Russian soldier and uses it during the airfield battle.
Licence to Kill 1989
  • Taurus 9mm pistol (a Brazillian copy of the Beretta Model 92FS 9mm 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.
  • M-16 seen briefly being used by DEA soldiers chasing Sanchez in the pre-title sequence.
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • "Signature gun", .220 (probably .220 Swift, possibly .220 Russian) sniper's rifle that is disguised aspieces of a cine 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.
GoldenEye 1995
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
  • Sterling AR180 heavily modified to be folded into a "pocket sized" infiltrator rifle. Bond uses this during the opening sequence. The main modifications were: handguards and flash hider removed, a shortened barrel, a top-folding stock instead of the standard side folding, customised iron sights to allow the use of the aforementioned stock, a pistol grip that could be foldable over the magwell, a shortened STANAG magazine (probably a civilian 10-rounds one) in order to allow the pistol grip to fold over it (that later is replaced with a standard 30rds STANAG)
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Calico 9mm pistol. Bond uses this gun to escape from Elliot Carver's Media Headquarters in Saigon.
  • Walther P99 9mm. Wai Lin gives Bond this gun before he joins her in searching for the stealth boat.
  • Heckler & Koch MP5K. Bond uses this submachinegun during the final battle.
The World Is Not Enough 1999
  • Walther P99, Bond's main gun.
  • FN P90. Bond briefly uses this submachinegun during the shootout in the nuclear test facility.
  • Colt M-1911A1 pistol, used by Bond on two occasions.
Die Another Day 2002
  • Walther P99, Bond's main gun.
  • Ingram MAC-10. Bond uses this submachinegun during the hovercraft chase.
  • Smith & Wesson .38cal revolver, Bond borrowed the revolver from a fellow agent while in Cuba.
  • Accuracy International AW sniper rifle, used by Bond when he and Jinx infiltrated North Korea.
  • Browning Hi-Power, as currently manufactured by FM of Argentina, in the sailboat scenes.
Casino Royale 2006
Quantum of Solace 2008
  • Walther PPK, Bond's main gun.
  • Beretta 92SB, Bond snatches it from a police officer, hired by Greene after the officer kills Mathis and after killing the officer with it, he removes the magazine and tosses it away.
  • SIG-Sauer P226, Bond steals it from a fellow agent while escaping his arrest. Used it during the Greene Hotel infiltration but loses it when he and Greene fight.
  • SIG P210 Bond finds it in Medrano's suite and uses it to get him and Camille out of the burning hotel and used it to interrogate Greene.
Skyfall 2012
  • Walther PPK/S, Bond's main gun. Bond uses three in this movie, one in Istanbul, but tosses it away when it runs dry, one which Q gives him and has a custom grip to identify Bond is holding the gun, loses it in Macau and one which he receives when he returns to MI6 after Silva's arrest. He gives it to M to defend herself at Skyfall Lodge.
  • Glock 17, Bond grabs the gun from a henchman and uses it to kills the others and holds Silva at gunpoint with it until MI6 backup arrived.
  • Hunting rifle, Bond is handed his father's hunting rifle during the defense of Skyfall lodge. He tosses it away when he runs out of ammo. Kincade uses a sawed-off version of this weapon, much like a shotgun.
  • Heckler & Koch HK416, used by Silva's men. Bond picks up one and uses it to deal with the rest of the first wave. He picks up another one and uses it to bash the lock off the gas cans, then tosses it away.

Unofficial films

Title Year Guns
Never Say Never Again 1983
  • CZ Model 25. Bond uses this submachinegun in the opening sequence.
  • Walther P5, Bond's main gun. Coincidently, Roger Moore used the same make of gun in Octopussy, also released in 1983. Connery's gun can be seen in Planet Hollywood in London, where it is inaccurately labelled as a Walther PPK.