In the many film adaptations of Ian Fleming's spy novels, the hero typically identifies himself as "Bond. James Bond." But equally identifiable is the handgun wielded by the British secret agent - a Walther PPK semi-automatic pistol.
The character of James Bond was originally armed with a .25-caliber Beretta, but a British firearm enthusiast named Geoffrey Boothroyd suggested the 7.65 mm PPK was a better choice. In return, Fleming immortalized Boothroyd as a character in the Bond novel "Dr. No." In many subsequent Bond novels and films, the suave agent relied on his PPK, in addition to an amazing medley of gadgets, to get out of difficult situations.
Recently acquired by the National Firearms Museum, this Walther PPK was used by Timothy Dalton in the 1989 movie "License to Kill," Dalton's second and final turn as Bond on the silver screen. Released from an American prop house collection, this well-worn pistol was also used by actor and NRA Director Tom Selleck as a backup handgun in the TV series "Magnum, P.I."
Reprinted from America's 1st Freedom, May 2010.