Can The Mercenary from James Bond Shoot Through A Train Coupling?

Cassandra Obee


This paper discusses the possibility of the mercenary from Skyfall, Patrice, being able to shoot through the link between two train carriages to attempt to get away from the secret agent, James Bond. During an altercation atop a train in Istanbul, Patrice shoots through the coupling with ease, separating the two carriages. This paper shows that the required force to shoot through a steel alloy coupling would be 148285N, as the bullet would only exert around a third of the force required, 52099.2N, and this paper proves that this cannot be done with such ease as portrayed in the film.


Film; Physics; Mechanics; Material properties; James Bond/007

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