El Reg has a piece about James Bond's new pistol.
He's back to carrying the signature* PPK.
Only it's been high-techified with a biometric lock. Kind of like the camera gun from a few movies back, only now the fancy fingerprint recognizer is built into a mostly-normal-looking pistol.
And this high-tech super-spook feature is useful because?
Let's see, now. You're a secret agent operating behind enemy lines. You get into a confrontation with enemy agents, and they get ahold of your gun. Which is your bigger worry:
- The enemy agents shoot you with your own gun, or
- The enemy agents figure out who you are?
The way I figure it, any enemy worthy of the attentions of a secret agent probably already has guns of his own, and so do all of his henchmen. So: do you carry a standard-production beater gun that any thug could have bought on the black market, or do you carry a brand-new high-tech custom piece that you could only have gotten from a major government?
* Signature: so much so that, as we learn in at least one of the movies, villains can identify him by it, even if he's regenerated again and has a totally new face. Because, y'know, no one else in the whole wide world carries a Walther PPK.