James Bond Has Dodged 4,662 Bullets During His Fictional CareerS

James Bond is the kind of man who gets shot at an awful lot. In fact, he's lucky to even be alive because, during his 22-film Hollywood career, the secret agent has managed to dodge a total of 4,662 bullets.

In New Scientist, some context is added to that number by working out the probability of all those shots missing him:

"A static well-aimed shot would almost certainly have proved lethal, but assuming all 4662 were "on the run", the probability of a single fatal shot is about 5 per cent. That is, the chance of a single shot missing is 0.95, and hence the probability of all shots missing is 0.954662 or 1.4 × 10-104, which is as close to zero as makes no difference."

Along the way, Bond's also managed to dispatch 198 villains. This is just data from the Hollywood films of course; include the books, and those figures look even more ridiculous.

There is, of course, some ambiguity over exactly how many shots have been aimed at Bond—these numbers were provided by Gordon Stanger for New Scientist. [New Scientist]

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