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 fictional secret agent has managed to dodge a total of 4,662 bullets says New Scientist.
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. [New Scientist]
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