As is the custom leading up to the release of a new James Bond movie, companies are gradually announcing which of their products will be featured in the flick, and/or used by the world’s most famous spy. There are a bunch of big names already on board, such as Aston Martin, Bollinger, Heineken, Jaguar, Omega, and Sony.
Also joining the list is Arsenal Firearms. They made a big splash a couple years ago when they introduced an extra wide, double-barreled 1911 pistol, the AF2011 Dueller Prismatic.
The Prismatic has twin 6.5-inch barrels, beavertail grip safety, two hammers that form one cocking lever, a ported slide, and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It takes two 8-round magazines joined together by a floor plate so they can be loaded at the same time for a 16-round capacity. The ejection ports are on opposing sides, as if a right-handed pistol and left-handed pistol were welded together, allowing both barrels to fire and eject spent casings at the same time. It comes chambered in .45 ACP, .38 Super Auto, and 10mm Auto.
When the first photos of the odd gun started circulated, there were two knee-jerk reactions: “That is so awesome and I can’t wait to shoot one. How much is it?” and “I hope that’s Photoshopped. That is the most gimmicky thing I’ve ever seen. Who in their right mind would pay their hard earned dollars…” etc. Those are still the prevailing opinions.
But does it belong in the hands of the new Bond bad guys? Definitely. That’s exactly where we’ll see it when Spectre opens on Nov. 6.
Word is that Bond is sticking with his iconic Walther PPK. Bond was forced to use the Walther and relinquish his .380 Beretta Model 1934 in Dr. No (1962), the first Bond movie. He doesn’t use a handgun in Moonraker (1979) because it’s, well, in space. In Octopussy (1983), Bond uses a Walther P5 for no explained reason other than the P5 was new at the time. Bond goes back to the PPK for the three Timothy Dalton films before the series was revived in 1995 with Goldeneye and Pierce Brosnan in the Bond seat. In that one, he sticks with the PPK again. In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) he switches to the Walther P99 by the end of the movie, which he carries for the two following films, The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). The P99 was carried by Daniel Craig in his first Bond appearance in 2006’s Casino Royale before he switched back to the PPK in Quantum of Solace (2008).