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September 07, 2004

Geoffrey Boothroyd

A previously unknown archive of Ian Fleming's letters reveals the thinking behind James Bond's weapon of choice and the man who would become the model for Q (via Attu).

James bond's weapons epitomised his brand of cool, deadly professionalism but soon after Ian Fleming's super spy appeared there were accusations that he was carrying "a lady's gun".

The criticism came from Geoffrey Boothroyd, a gun expert, and Fleming was so mortified that his hero might be equipped with the wrong weapon that he hired the Glaswegian as his firearms adviser and later introduced him as a character in the Bond books.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 7, 2004 09:25 AM

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