Any gun nut who doesn’t readily admit to loving James Bond is either in denial or living under a rock. Every Bond film is a cavalcade of firepower, a plethora of pistols, rifles and shotguns, old and new. Beyond Bond’s witticisms—and of course, his way with the ladies—007’s arsenal is really what keeps us coming back to the theater.
For the sake of practicality, we’ll leave out the more outlandish guns; no lasers, car guns, and no, not even the famous Golden Gun on this list. What follows is a roundup of the coolest real-life guns used by 007 throughout his adventures.
Debut: Skyfall (2012)
In Bond’s latest adventure, he wields a gorgeous Anderson Wheeler 500 NE double rifle during a gunfight at his ancestral home. Chambered in .500 Nitro Express, the Anderson Wheeler sure does pack a whallop, but in the hands of an experienced shooter like Bond, recoil is hardly a concern. Aside from its tack-driving capabilities, this British-made side-by-side is certainly a treat for the eyes—certainly fitting of a shooter as dapper as 007.
Colt Official Police
Debut: Goldfinger (1964)
Granted, Colt revolvers aren’t the first piece of weaponry that spring to mind when Bond’s name is brought up, but in 1964’s Goldfinger, we were treated to a beautiful gold-plated Colt Official Police, the weapon of choice of the film’s namesake villain. Maybe it’s a little more well known in gangster and mobster settings, but this particular revolver pointed in Connery’s face is one of the prettiest we’ve seen.
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