Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

The maker of the automatic pistol owned by Professor R. J. Dent (Anthony Dawson) in Dr. No. Equipped with a silencer, it holds six shots that Dent expels into what he thinks are the sleeping forms of Bond (Sean Connery) and Miss Taro (Zena Marshall), only to discover that it is a ruse and that Bond is seated right behind him. Note: In a prop error, Dawson is actually wielding not a Smith & Wesson but a Colt M1911A1—which holds at least seven shots!

Another Smith & Wesson, a .45-caliber revolver, is carried by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) inside the private jet of her employer, Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe). When she points it at Bond, 007 explains to her that it’s powerful enough to pass through him and puncture the plane’s fuselage, creating rapid decompression. It’s advice Goldfinger himself would have been wise to take later in the film, when he pulls his gold-plated gun on Bond inside the presidential jet.


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