Originally Posted by Duff_Man
If you like the style of the PPK, but wouldn't mind it in a more modern calibre, try the Walther P5c. I'm not one of those .45-or-bust dudes, but .380s don't fill me with confidence.
The P5c has a real world Brit intel pedigree, being a standard sidearm for Det during the Troubles. However it's a pretty thick piece.
The reality is that 9x17mm is as lethal as any other pistol bullet so long as it hits the right place. The real issue is practical accuracy. Ever fired a PPK? In 9x17? Try to get hits on something the size of a dinner plate at 25 meters.
Also, firing it feels like you're being punched in the palm while the slide flays the web of your thumb. Definitely for close work only, at which point the 7.65mm should suffice if you know what you're doing.
A Walther PPS (or a P5) will actually have less felt recoil than a PPK, due to the locked breech. Personally I vote for the PPS as Bond's next sidearm, as it will have the full caliber cartridge, less felt recoil, light weight and slim profile. You can even incorporate the "smart gun" tech into the exchangeable backstrap.