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In the book, M gives Bond a PPK. The movies no doubt used what was at hand, and 'at hand' may have been a challenge in Great Britain.
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It's quite obvious that the letter by Bernard Lee must be a fake. It reads "I [...] used for the scene this pistol which I have had for many years.” When the movie was shot, the gun (proofed towards the end of 1961) was at best somewhere in a box on its way to a dealer... a dealer maybe not even in Great Britain.

If we watch the movie, we don't have to speculate. In some close-ups a wartime Walther PP can be identified perfectly:



- frame of a Walther PP (no facet)
- rear sight of a Walther PP
- old German proof mark

It even seems that the gun was reblued.
 

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IMHO, the BEST Walther (P5), carried by the ONLY Bond who mattered (Connery).........
1983 was a good year for the Walther P5 indeed. Roger Moore made the same decision. Only the script was not up to date then. In the movie there is still talk about the PPK. It's really just a movie.

 

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I was fairly sure the first James Bond movie gun was not a PP/K so i did a little research. According to:

https://jamesbond.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_firearms

James Bond used a Baretta 418 in the first five movies, 1953 through 1957. If I remember correctly, in the first movie (Casino Royale) the grips were removed from the Beretta 418 and the frame wrapped in tape to make the grip thinner.

Dr. No was the first movie the PPK appeared in. In Dr. No (1958) James Bond is forced to hand his Beretta 418 gun over to M and was given the PPK.



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Links below for two videos I did on the PPK and Beretta. No movie info ... just about the pistols described in the Fleming thrillers.
 

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Dr. No was the first movie the PPK appeared in. In Dr. No (1958) James Bond is forced to hand his Beretta 418 gun over to M and was given the PPK.
You must be talking about the book (1958). In the movie of the same name but differtent year (1962), there is definitely no PPK to be seen. They talk about a PPK but it's really a wartime PP they used. There is no doubt about it.
 

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Not that it really matters ... Literary Bond’s last Beretta was given to him by “M” at the end of Moonraker, which was set circa 1953. So his Beretta would likely be the 418. Fleming wasn’t likely conversant with different models of the Beretta, so other than a passing knowledge of the pistol what Model number of Beretta Bond carried was irrelevant in terms of the story. But if Bond had carried the Beretta for years, then his earlier pistols would have been the 318. The difference between the two pistols being mostly cosmetic.

For us gun geeks though it of more than passing interest. Since this is the Walther forum it should be noted that Bond’s first PPK was likely a captued pre-war model, since that’s what inspired Fleming to choose the pistol for Bond.
 

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Dr. No - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

From the movie gun data base. Damn Beretta which was either a 1934 or 1935 and not a 418 25 caliber from the novels. The 380 was a bigger stopper and the other was the same caliber 7.65mm. Either stayed with the same 7.65 or downgraded from the 380. Just movie props.
For a lady's handbag? Guess what ever they had on hand for filming. But the PP was the model for the film. Except for the Browning, since they didn't have access to a PP for a suppressor.
 

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Likely the PP wasn’t fitted up to work with blanks. Whenever Bond shoots his pistol it’s another make - either the Browning or a 1911. But they were making a movie and back in 1961 a gun was a gun and not the most important element in the film. The audience was supposed to have a good time, not scrutinize the props.
 

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153, really liked the Fitz-ized kit gun (or perhaps a .32) in the poster. Great links, and thanks.
Have to admit that the pistol Bond hands in looks more like a '34 or '35 than the smaller .25 Beretta.
Definitely before the days of tech advisers.
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Have to admit that the pistol Bond hands in looks more like a '34 or '35 than the smaller .25 Beretta.
It doesn't only look like a model 1934 or 1935. It's indeed one of them. The lanyard loop and the hammer are clearly visible which both can't be found on the .25 Berettas.

 

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