The Walther P99 is a German pistol which replaced the Walther PPK as James Bond's main sidearm from 1997 (Tomorrow Never Dies) to 2008 (Quantum of Solace), where it was phased out again in favor of the PPK. The weapon was developed for law enforcement, security forces and the civilian shooting market as a replacement for the Walther P5 and the P88.
- Production: 1997-present
- Type: Pistol
- Caliber(s): 9x19mm, .40 S&W
- Weight: 9x19mm: 1.38 lbs (0.63 kg), .40 S&W: 1.44 lbs (0.655 kg)
- Length: 9x19mm: 7.1 in (18 cm), .40 S&W: 7.2 in (18.4 cm)
- Barrel length(s): 9x19mm: 4 in (10.2 cm), .40 S&W: 4.2 in (10.6 cm)
- Capacity: 16 (9x19mm), 12 (.40 S&W)
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto
Tomorrow Never Dies is well-known as the film in which the Walther P99 replaces the older PPK as Bond's sidearm. In Saigon, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) picks out the P99 from Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh)'s hidden armory. Bond states that he has been trying to convince Q to replace his Walther PPK with it. He then uses the gun, with a suppressor attached, through a great deal of the movie's climax aboard the Stealth ship, losing it only when he runs dry during an intense period of gunfire. This is also the gun featured on many posters for the film.
Since then, it has been 007's main sidearm in The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006). For Quantum of Solace (2008), however, the Walther PPK made a return as 007's main sidearm throughout the film. In Skyfall (2012), although primarily armed with a modified PPK/S with a custom grip, Bond appears to be firing a Walther P99 in a production still. This is probably used as an alternative weapon for the Walther PPK.
Although the Walther P99 doesn't feature heavily in the James Bond novel series, Raymond Benson briefly replaced the PPK with the P99 in his novelisation of Tomorrow Never Dies. In the following novels Bond uses both guns: the PPK for undercover work as it is smaller and easier to conceal while he used the P99 for jobs that did not require concealment.
In Video Games
The earliest appearance of the P99 as Bond's main weapon is in the title, The World Is Not Enough (video game), as the "Wolfram P2K". It appears once again in Agent Under Fire and 007: Nightfire, as the "Wolfram P2K". However, it is featured as a more powerful handgun that Bond can pick up on missions, Bond still starts levels with the PPK, or as it is called in the game, the "Wolfram PP7". The P99 appeared again in Everything or Nothing. The P99 didn't appear in the following game, From Russia with Love, where the PPK appears instead. This is presumably because Bond wields the PPK in the movie From Russia With Love (film), which the video game is based on. It appears as Bond's trusty side arm in every game after From Russia with Love, including Quantum of Solace (video game), GoldenEye (2010 video game), Blood Stone, and 007 Legends.