Anderson Wheeler 500 Nitro Express Double Rifle
James Bond (Daniel Craig) uses an Anderson Wheeler 500 Nitro Express Double Rifle with box lock in SkyFall. The movie's armourer acquired the rifle from London based gun and rifle maker Anderson Wheeler. The request was for a gentleman’s big game hunting rifle, also known as a 'double rifle'. Anderson Wheeler provided a 500 Nitro Box Lock Express Rifle, which loads a .50 calibre round that fires a 570 grain bullet at around 2,200 feet per second. This rifle is ideally used as a stopping rifle and is usually carried by professional hunters or hunters in search of African Dangerous game. Bond will probably use it to hunt some villains and henchmen during the scenes filmed in Scotland. The rifle can also clearly be spotted on the cover of Bond on Set: Filming SkyFall, where Bond holds the rifle, standing next to his Aston Martin DB5 and wearing a Barbour jacket.
The Anderson Wheeler Express Double Rifle is building a reputation as the professional hunters' choice for its reliability, accuracy and overall good looks. The box lock ejector is hand engraved with a traditional Anderson Wheeler house scroll with a coin finish. The open sights are fitted with an integral quarter rib consisting of three folding leaves on the rear sight. The front sight comes with a 4mm ivory bead that can be flipped over the 2mm silver bead under poor light conditions or close quarters. The hand rubbed, oil finished stock and fore end are made from carefully selected exhibition Turkish walnut, crafted to fit the clients’ personal specifications to ensure balance and a perfect fit.
The exact same rifle as used by Bond in SkyFall can be custom ordered at Anderson Wheeler for approximately £15,500 ($24,500).