London Burglary Snares James Bond’s Gun Collection

Or at least part of it

James Bond(s)
The Daniel Craig wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Berlin, Germany.
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By Tobias Carroll / March 29, 2020 6:00 am

If you heard about a high-profile theft in London involving guns associated with one of the nation’s top spies, you might well think that it was a case tailor-made for James Bond. (Minus, obviously, the fact that he’s a fictional character.) But as it turns out, this isn’t the plot of the forthcoming Bond film; instead, it’s a real-life heist involving firearms you might recognize from some of 007’s big-screen adventures over the years.

A report at The Guardian has the details. The theft involved a number of prop guns taken from a home in north London — all of which had connections to various Bond films.

Five deactivated guns, including Beretta Cheetah and Tomcat pistols from Die Another Day and the iconic Walther PPK handgun used in A View to a Kill are among the weapons reported taken.

The total value of the guns? £100,000 — or just under $125,000 at the current rate of exchange.

The fact that these guns are distinctive might work in favor of them being found before too long. As Detective Inspector Paul Ridley told The Guardian, “Many are irreplaceable. The Magnum is the only one ever made in which the whole gun is finished in chrome.”

According to the report, the burglary took place on Monday night, with the burglars — described in the article as “three white males who drove away in a silver vehicle” — absent from the scene by the time police got there. The solution to this case will likely not involve secret societies or covert operatives, but it’s a mystery to be solved nonetheless.

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