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Scaramanga’s Golden Gun

Golden Gun - International Spy Museum (14592496766)

Scaramanga’s Golden Gun

Scaramanga’s Golden Gun was depicted in Ian Fleming’s novel, the Golden Gun. In the novel, it was a long-barrelled, gold-plated, single-action Colt Peacemaker .45 calibre revolver. However, in the film, it was a single-shot weapon that fired a custom-made 4.2-millimetre golden bullet. The movie gun could be disassembled and its gold-plated components disguised as:

  • a fountain pen for the barrel
  • a cigarette lighter for the breech
  • cuff-link for the trigger
  • a cigarette case for the grip

Scaramanga used the Golden Gun in numerous assassinations but, when Scaramanga was killed and his island destroyed, the Golden Gun was also lost.

The exhibit at the museum is a replica as, in 2008, the original Golden Gun was stolen. At the time, the prop was estimated to be worth of £80,000. The Golden Gun was one of the most popular film weapons, amongst film fans

Scaramanga’s Golden Gun

  • Title:                      Scaramanga’s Golden Gun
  • Manufacturer:    Unknown, possibly Lazar
  • Type:                     Custom-built firearm
  • Bullet:                   1 custom-made 4.2-mm (.165 calibre) 23-carat gold dum-dum
  • Features:              Disassembles into a pen, lighter, cigarette case and a cufflink
  • Museum:              International Spy Museum


“It’s an amusing idea, but I was thinking more in terms of history.
A duel between titans… my golden gun against your Walther PPK.
Each of us a 50-50 chance.”

– Francisco Scaramanga from the movie: The Man with the Golden Gun


Photo Credit: 1) By mrgarethm (Golden Gun – International Spy Museum) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons