Skyfall, 007 and the 9mm Short

James Bond

My wife and I were able to get out of the house for a little while last night and see the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.  We both really enjoyed the movie, and if you like action movies you’ll enjoy this.  There are some great throwback references as the movie goes along, and the show ends with me wanting more.

BUT…

Why is Bond still carrying a .380 ACP pistol?

Yes, I know a hit with a .380 is better than a miss with a .44 Magnum.  But, Bond is a supposed master of all firearms.  So, why is he, and seemingly every agent of MI6, tethered to a Walther with dinky sights, limited ammo and a sub-standard caliber.

His enemies are running around with double-stack Glocks and a variety of full auto rifles.  Why can’t he be issued something with a little more oomph?

Sure, a Colt Delta Elite may not fit easily under a tailored tux, but he isn’t always wearing such clothing.

They make a big production of issuing Bond a Walther in the front half of the movie, and all I can think is I’d want more firepower if I was going up against an army of trained killers.  At least step up to a Glock 19 or something.

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About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.

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