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Handgunner (1985) Number 28 Armourer to 007 by Geoffrey Boothroyd

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Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 


   I sent Fleming quite a number of photographs to illustrate the points I was trying to make. There were some of aerial shooting, and quite a number of the chopped revolver and the Berns-Martin rig worn in various styles and locations. The holster, in fact, had been made up especially for me by Jack Martin to accommodate the non-standard barrel on the gun. At about the same time, Bill Scroggie in Britain in Britain also made a number of experimental holsters using a similar retention system. But it was the shot of the Smith being drawn from the tooled Berns-Martin that caught Fleming's fancy. He asked if he could borrow the gun for the cover for the forth-coming volume From Russia with Love.
   By this time Fleming had retired to his little house in Jamaica, where he had a practically unfurnished study with a desk facing a bare white wall to minimise distractions. It was there that the worked most efficiently and the book he was working on at the time was Dr No , in which "Major Boothroyd" figure first appears as Q "the armourer" and rearms Bond, rather against his inclinations, with a 7.65mm Walther PPK automatic and an S&W revolver - a Centennial Airweight that was soon lost in the sands of Crab Key. It was the PPK that made the running, and I was aghast as anyone to find it in a Berns-Martin. A flood of letters from all over the world descended on Fleming, drawing attention, without exception very courteously, to the gaffe. All were passed to me for reply, a task which I eventually completed and which I must confess I quite enjoyed.
   This was scarcely the only firearms-related faux pas in the Bond series, and I am still decades later, asked how they came about. Often the difficulty lay in grafting expertise. The final decisions were taken by Ian: my role was to give him options and alternatives. The revolver, which I had favoured, was ditched on page 142 of Dr No , never to reappear. Fleming's instincts as a writer can scarcely be faulted, for the PPK was a stupendous success and became, more than anything else, Bond's trademark. The reason that it first appeared in the Berns-Martin was that Ian did not understand, which is to say that I had not made it sufficiently clear to him, that the holster only worked with revolvers - it functioned by grasping the cylinder.


 

 

Handgunner 1985 Number 28 'Armourer to 007' by Geoffrey Boothroyd

 

Theses images were obtained by Link - Integrated Close Combat Forum http://iccf.freeforums.org/ , which had been provided by Richard Bhella

From Dr No (1958) by Ian Fleming


   Bond went into his bedroom and took out his two guns and looked at them. Neither was a part of him as the Beretta had been-an extension of his right hand-but he already knew them as better weapons. Which should he take? Bond picked up each in turn, hefting them in his hand. It had to be the heavier Smith & Wesson. There would be no close shooting, if there was any shooting, on Crab Key. Heavy, long-range stuff-if anything. The brutal, stumpy revolver had an extra twenty-five yards over the Walther. Bond fitted the holster into the waistband of his jeans and clipped in the gun. He put twenty spare rounds in his pocket. Was it over-insurance to take all this metal on what might only be a tropical picnic?


 

From Dr No (1958) by Ian Fleming


   He was answered at once. There came the crack of Quarrel's Remington. A spark flew off the domed cabin and there was a dull clang. Quarrel fired another single shot and then a burst. The bullets hammered ineffectually against the cabin. There was not even a check in speed. The thing rolled on, swerving slightly to make for the source of the gunfire. Bond cradled the Smith & Wesson on his forearm and took careful aim. The deep cough of his gun sounded above the rattle of the Remington. One of the headlamps shattered and went out. He fired four shots at the other and got it with the fifth and last round in the cylinder. The thing didn't care. It rolled straight on towards Quarrel's hiding place. Bond reloaded and began firing at the huge bulge of the tyres under the bogus black and gold wings. The range was now only thirty yards and he could have sworn that he hit the nearest wheel again and again. No effect. Solid rubber? The first breath of fear stirred Bond's skin.
He reloaded. Was the damn thing vulnerable from the rear? Should he dash out into the lake and try and board it? He took a step forward through the bushes. Then he froze, incapable of movement.



 

From Dr No (1958) by Ian Fleming


   The voice howled. "Stop there. Good boy. And drop the pea-shooter. No tricks or the crabs'll be getting a cooked breakfast."
Bond dropped his gun. So much for the Smith & Wesson. The Beretta would have been just as good against this thing. The girl whimpered. Bond squeezed her hand. "Stick it, Honey," he said. "We'll get out of this somehow." Bond sneered at himself for the lie.
There was the clang of an iron door being opened. From the back of the dome a man dropped into the water and walked towards them. There was a gun in his hand. He kept out of the line of fire of the flame-thrower. The fluttering blue flame lit up his sweating face. He was a Chinese Negro, a big man, clad only in trousers. Something dangled from his left hand. When he came closer, Bond saw it was handcuffs.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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