RARA-AVIS: the name is bond

Frederick Zackel (fzackel@bgnet.bgsu.edu)
Sun, 31 Jan 1999 09:55:30 -0500 (EST) I always confess I grew up reading Playboy magazine for the Ian Fleming
Bond stories.

Fleming always thoughtthat Bond looked like Hoagy Carmical. Until they
were talking about making a movie. Then he wanted Cary grant. I
understand he sold the movie rights to dr. No for $12,500, so he could buy
one of those Ford Skyliners with the retractable hard tops.

I think it's cool that a civil servant can be issued a license to kill by
his bosses. I understand that's the goal of the US Postal Service.

But I do have a question. I believe Bond's personal choice of weapons was
a .28 caliber Beretta. My friend insists it was a .25 Beretta, that there
never has been a .28 Beretta. Can anybody give me a definitive answer?
And why this particular weapon should be his favorite? (I understand why
the British government wants him to carry a more powerful weapon.)

On a related note, I always felt that England's Prince Andrew should be
the next James Bond. He was trained as a commando, worked as an actor,
and who wouldn't believe him when he says he's on Her Majesty's Business?

Cheerios! (are good with milk.)

Frederick Zackel

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