Ok I made a point of reading many, (not all admittedly) of the Bond novels while I was underway on subs. I’ve enjoyed different evolutions/interpretations of them in their film versions. The films take some creative license with regard to the weapons used, and fell early and almost solidly into line with the use of the PPK for the majority of 007s handgun of choice throughout the films. Bond actually used a Beretta 418 in .25 acp in 5 of the novels and was forced to relinquish it and adopt the PPK in Dr. No. (the 6th novel). This was all done in the first movie, since Dr. No was the first Bond film made and the PPK in 7.65 Auto (.32) was set as the standing Bond pistol for the majority of films. Brief use of the Walther P88 occurred by Roger Moore. Then back to the PPK until Pierce Brosnan got to switch to the P99. This carried into the first Daniel Craig Bond movie, Casino Royal, which began a modern reinvention of Bond and his entry into “double oh” status. In my opinion, this was a perfect cinematic opportunity to update the entire series. They modernized the car, the pistol, they went with more current intel gathering techniques, backed off a bit from small gadgetry, etc. Then the next movie comes out Bond is off the reservation a bit, uses the guns he can get his hands on (Beretta and Sig etc.). Then he’s back to a PPK but “updated” to a .380 instead of the .32, and with a grip recognition safety. Lame, lame, lame. It is said that “The Bond fanbase” wanted the nostalgia of the PPK. I say horse manure. If they wanted to be real traditionalists, they could go back to the novels and give Bond back his Beretta 418 in .25 ACP with the grips removed. (First novels mentioned the 418 with “skelotonized grip”. First movie uses a model 1934 or 1935.) If I were equipping Bond, I think the P99 was a good update to the PPK, by going to a service sized pistol, with a service cartridge (9x19mm) maintaining the DA/SA and decocker of the PPK. The P99 C offers a compact version of the P99 for low profile carry or even the single stack PPS would offer a single action only, slim, light package in the same size range as the PPK but in 9x19. I know it is all a fiction world but it seemed really odd to make some steps to modernizing and then go backward. I also know it is about audience appeal and putting butts in seats. Just frustrating from the standpoint of someone who likes some of the direction they took the series, but is also a firearm fan as well.