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

A miniature signaling device supplied to Bond (Sean Connery) by Q (Desmond Llewelyn) in Thunderball. Trapped in an underwater grotto, 007 uses the pistol to signal Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter) and a US Coast Guard rescue helicopter. The Very pistol, invented by an American naval officer, Edward Wilson Very (1847–1910), launches flares, or “Very lights,” that became a common signaling device among US warships.

Bond also uses a handy Very pistol to torch the pool of gasoline that devastates the flotilla of speedboats commanded by SPECTRE agent Morzeny (Walter Gotell) in From Russia with Love.


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