James Bond | The changing world of 007
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 17 September 1964
DURATION | 17 minutes 13 seconds
A fan letter from pistol expert Geoffrey Boothroyd to Ian Fleming was the start of an exchange that would see James Bond forfeiting his precious Beretta in favour of something a little more robust. Boothroyd guides us through the firepower options available to the jobbing secret agent, explains why the Beretta, a 'ladies' pistol', had to go and illustrates why its replacement, the Walther PPK, was a much more suitable choice for Fleming's Bond.
Geoffrey Boothroyd's influence on the James Bond series extends further than the make and model of Bond's gun. The character of 'Major Boothroyd', an armourer from 'Q' branch, first appears in the novel 'Dr No'. Later identified simply as 'Q', he was played in the film adaptations first by Peter Burton, then from the second film onwards, by Desmond Llewelyn. After Desmond Llewelyn's death in 1999, John Cleese took on the mantle of 'Q' for Pierce Brosnan's final Bond appearance, 'Die Another Day'.
A masterclass for thriller writers.
Sean Connery introduces Geoffrey Boothroyd, the man who armed 007.
A part exchange with a difference.
From Pinewood to Japan on the trail of 'You Only Live Twice'.
Directing James Bond.
On location with 'Moonraker'.
High living, fast cars and beautiful women.
Has feminism finally caught up with 007?
Miss Moneypenny's guide to the theme songs of the James Bond films.
The shifting identity of James Bond.
What does the future hold for the gadgetry of 007?
How the score can seal a box-office success.
Celebrating the centenary of James Bond's creator.
Who was Ian Fleming's inspiration for 007?
A literary renaissance for James Bond?
On the set of the tenth Bond movie.
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