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Short 1964 black-and-white documentary featurette hosted by Sean Connery and featuring the real-life inspiration for the character of Q, Major Geoffrey Boothroyd with a discussion of the gun weaponry used by James Bond.
Did You Know?
The armorer who gives Bond his Walther PPK at the start of Dr. No
(1962) is Major Boothroyd, who in the next film in the series From Russia with Love
(1963) would be played by Desmond Llewelyn
. Beginning with Goldfinger
(1964), the "armorer" would forever be known as "Q" (for "Quartermaster"). The character of Boothroyd, also appears in Fleming's original Dr. No novel. He is the star of this short Geoffrey Boothroyd
and he wrote to Fleming complaining about Bond's use of a Beretta in the early Bond books and recommending Bond use a Walther PPK instead. This detail was included in the Dr. No novel and included in the film Dr. No
(1962), establishing part of the Bond legend. Q is based loosely on Charles Fraser-Smith, who designed spy gadgets called "Q-devices" (named for Q-ships, the Royal Navy's disguised warships of World War One) for MI-6. See more