Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happiness is a film gun

I've no doubt that everyone coming here has at some point used IMDB, the internet movie database.

And a very handy, wonderful thing it is.

A while ago (I can't recall now how), I ran across IMFDB: the internet movie firearms database.

And a very handy, wonderful thing it is.

I now know, for example, that Kate Beckinsale's signature weapons in the ridiculous but thoroughly enjoyable Underworld (I can't speak for the sequels...) were 'two Beretta 92FS handguns modified to fire in full auto with compensators attached.'

Like these:

Good to know.

Also: in Bullitt, Steve McQueen's character carries a Colt Diamondback snubnose 'fitted with grips from a Colt Detective Special.'

The distinctive fictional pistol carried by Harrison Ford in Blade Runner, we learn, was a complicated construction:

The prop was constructed from parts of a Steyr-Mannlicher Model SL rifle and a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver. Side covers were added to cover the bulldog's cylinder, and different bolt heads and screw heads were used to offer an illusion of [knobs] and controls. The gun was also equipped with at least 6 LED lights, though not all of them worked throughout the production.

If you're a fan of gunplay and action films (and, indeed, I am) there's a lot of fun to be had. The entries for films like No Country for Old Men or The Way of the Gun or Hard Boiled are, as to be expected, pretty extensive.

But I also see that there are entries for The Big Lebowski and Borat.

IMFDB can, I admit, be kind of addictive.

Happy hunting.

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