Thanks to the silver screen, any possible creation that the mind could conjure up can have its moment in the spotlight, and has led to some peculiar designs making their way into films. With this in mind, we have taken a look at some of the best onscreen weapons that have appeared over the years, as well as some of the weirder ones.
The mute chauffeur, bodyguard and general lackey of Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob comes equipped with the iconic blade-brimmed hat capable of decapitating a statue. Ironically, it is this hat that eventually leads to his demise, although not quite in the manner most Bond fans probably would have hoped… The prop hat for the film actually featured a blade in the brim, and went on to sell at auction for £68,000 in 1998.
When Will Smith’s Agent J gets handed the peashooter by Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K, he is understandably upset. However, upon firing the wonderfully named Noisy Cricket, J is propelled a considerable distance back, thanks to the recoil that far surpasses anything you would find on one of our air rifles! Sadly, we don’t see much of the gun throughout the film, as I can imagine the concussion received upon firing just isn’t worth it in the long run…
We’re not talking about the singer or the wrestler here, but rather the blade wielded by Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit, and later Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. Samwise takes the short sword for a time, to defend himself against the giant spider Shelob. It is then entrusted to the Gamgee family after the defeat of Sauron. The real appeal of the Elvish crafted sword is the fact it gave off a blue glow when in the presence of Orcs, which was invaluable throughout the journey into Middle Earth.
Another appearance from James Bond is the golden gun, wielded by Francisco Scaramanga. As the name suggests, only the finest metal was used to craft this formidable weapon. In the film, the gun uses custom made bullets made from 23 carat gold, and is assembled using four innocent looking items. These are a fountain pen, a lighter, cigarette case and a pair of cufflinks, which meant it could be easily disguised, perfect for an assassin!