Topic: Walther PPK/S 9mm Short
Was watching the trailer for Skyfall and noticed the segment where the new Quartermaster (Ben Whishaw) issues Bond his "Walther PPK/S nine-millimeter short, it's been coded to your palm print so only you can fire it."
Why the new variant of the Walther? First we had the Walther PPK 7.65mm (or .32 Auto), for a couple films we had the Walther P5 9mm, We then went to the Walther P99 9mm as we entered the 21st century with 007. Then back to the PPK with QoS. Now we have an Amercianized version of the PPK: the PPK/S (created to satisfy restrictions of the US Gun Control Act of 1968 which precluded importation of the PPK based on length requirements). The PPK/S, created by combining the barrel and slide of the PPk with the frame of the PP, is now the 4th Bond gun it appears.
Why the new version? Is it to bridge the gap between the older and underpowered 7.65mm PPK and the large and cumbersome P99? If so why not choose the mid-sized PPS? The same number of rounds in a larger, NATO-standardized caliber? Or is it based on an homage to the original PPK since this will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. No?