I watched the latest Bond film, Spectre, last friday. While it was fun, I could not help myself from noticing the firearm issues in the movie. Warning some may consider these to be spoilers. If you have not seen the movie and care about spoilers, do not continue to read until you have seen the movie.
First issue is the main poster posted above. Daniel Craig does not know what trigger discipline is. Although it could be the photographer who shot this and directed Daniel Craig to do so. Another issue is trigger finger placement. He is using the knuckle to pull the trigger and not the tip of his finger. He is not the only one to do this in the movie.
In the beginning of the movie, Bond makes a rookie mistake. He uses a visible laser. Of course I understand how this helps with the story telling, but then that makes Bond not a very good assassin. One could argue that the laser is actually for picking up audio, but again the laser does not have to be visible for this to happen. If the laser was used for purely aiming purposes, then a simple red dot with a kill flash would have been much better suited for this operation.
Throughout the movie, I caught Bond constantly racking a round into the chamber of his PPK/S. Clearly he is not a fan of carrying hot and loaded in the chamber. Another silly mistake since the PPK/S only holds 7 rounds. He could have 8 if he carried chamber loaded. At least he does show some trigger discipline when racking the slide.
What Bond film would this be if the filmmakers did not embellish the performance of firearms? Here is Dave Bautista, portraying the character Hinx. He wields the Arsenal AF2011-A1, the double barreled 1911. While there is nothing wrong with this firearm, the issue comes from the bullet hits on the target he is shooting at.
Apparently, film makers think that big pistols make big holes. Well, the Arsenal double 1911 only comes in two calibers, .45acp and .38 super. Both of which do not make grapefruit sized holes into the fuselages of planes.
Later in the film, Bond takes out a helicopter with his PPK/S from a remarkable distance. Highly unlikely give the accuracy of the pistol and the round used.
Phil Note: For those that may not know it the actor, Daniel Craig/James Bond, is an anti gun celebrity. Of course if there is enough money well sure I’ll use prop guns to shoot bad guys–hypocritical behavior to be sure. That said it doesn’t surprise me he doesn’t know squat about gun handling. A quote from Craig on handguns: “I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other.”