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Fantômas (1980)

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French release DVD cover
Country FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Juan Luis Buñuel
Release Date 1980
Language French
Studio France 2
Portman Film
Distributor France 2
Main Cast
Character Actor
Fantômas Helmut Berger
Inspector Juve Jacques Dufilho
Jerome Fandor Pierre Malet
Lady Beltham Gayle Hunnicutt
Judge Fuselier Pierre Douglas

Fantômas is a French-German 1980 mini series of four feature-length episodes, directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Helmut Berger as mysterious arch villain Fantomas, Jacques Dufilho as French police Inspector Juve and Pierre Malet as journalist Fandor. The plot is adapted from novels by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. Unlike famous 1960s comedy Fantômas trilogy, the mini series follows the thriller genre of original novels.

The following weapons were used in the film Fantômas:


Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Smith & Wesson Military & Police or Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers are seen in Ep.2 "L'étreinte du diable" in hands of Inspector Juve (Jacques Dufilho), Fantômas (Helmut Berger) and Inspector Michel (Serge Bento). In Ep.3 "Le mort qui tue" two Smith & Wesson revolvers are seen on Juve's table. Several different revolvers are used in the production, and screen guns may be not original S&W but some European, possibly Spanish clones, common in France since the Great War.

For comparison: Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
For comparison: Orbea Revolver 1892 Espagnol - 8 x 27mm M1892. This Spanish-manufactured clone of M&P revolver was widely used by French army during WW1.
Juve's revolver is seen in the scene on the attempt on gangster Lupart's mistress.
Juve holds his revolver in the scene in hospital.
Another view of Juve's revolver. Possibly this is a Victory model.
Fantômas, in the mask of Dr.Chalek, fires Smith & Wesson revolver at Juve. In this scene Inspector is armed with a Colt M1917 (see below), so possibly Fantômas' revolver is the same prop, earlier used by Juve.
Juve holds a Smith & Wesson in the scene in Lady Beltham's house. In this scene he has a different revolver that is somewhat smaller than a common M&P - possibly a .32 version, like .32 Hand Ejector Third Model.
Inspector Michel holds two Smith & Wesson revolvers, his own and Juve's. Note that these guns slightly differ in size.
Juve fires at a boa constrictor that attacks Fandor.
A good view of Michel's revolver.
Several revolvers on Juve's table (Ep.3). The one at the left is a large frame Colt while two smaller Smith & Wesson revolvers (one with pearl or ivory grips) are seen at the right.

Colt M1917

In Ep.2 gangster Lupart (Jean-Paul Zehnacker) (or Fantômas in Lupart's mask) holds a large Colt revolver that appears to be a Colt M1917 (Colt New Service is also a possible guess but the plain grips make M1917 more probable). Later in same episode a Colt is used by Inspector Juve (Jacques Dufilho).

Colt M1917 - .45 ACP
Lupart threatens Fandor with his revolver. Note the plain grips and the base for lanyard ring.
Another view of Lupart's Colt.
Inspector Juve holds same looking revolver during the shootout with Fantômas.
Juve holds his Colt during the encounter with film actors whom he mistook for Lupart's gang.
Juve holds his revolver, standing over wounded actor Bonardin.
Another view of Juve's Colt in same scene.
Juve aims at Fantômas who watches from the rooftop.
Possibly same Colt M1917 is seen at the left on Juve's table in Ep.3.

Colt New Service

Unlike Ep.2, a Colt revolver in Ep.3 tends to be a Colt New Service as Colt logo can be seen on the grips. This gun is used by Inspector Juve (Jacques Dufilho). A guard in bank railroad vagon has same looking gun.

Colt New Service - .45 Colt
A guard raises his Colt on Fantômas.
Another view of the scene.
Juve's revolver on table.
Juve cleans his gun.
Juve's Colt and Fandor's Luger P08 are captured by Fantômas' electromagnetic trap. Note the logo on the grip.
Another view of the scene.

St. Etienne Mle 1892

French St. Etienne Mle 1892 revolvers are widely used in Ep.2, seen in hands of police personnel and of film actors whom Inspector Juve and Fandor mistook for a real gang of criminals.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
A police officer holds his Mle 1892 revolver in the scene in hospital.
Another view of the revolver.
Actor Bonardin (Fabrice Luchini) holds an Mle 1892 revolver while in grapple with Juve.
Another actor with a revolver in grapple with Fandor.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

In Ep.3 Fandor (Pierre Malet) briefly holds a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (factory bare finish) - 11x17.8mmR
Fandor takes a Chamelot-Delvigne from a pile of Juve's revolvers.
He examines the gun...
...until Juve takes it back.

Bodeo M1889

A Bodeo M1889 is used as a murder weapon in Ep.4 "Le tramway fantôme".

Bodeo Model 1889 Type II - 10.4x22mm Italian
The revolver in cache.
Fantômas, in the mask of concierge Mme. Kirsh (Eduard Linkers), takes the gun.
The revolver is used to kill Marieke (Marieli Froehlich) in Juve's room in Vienna hotel.
Juve watches the gun. The revolver is a "Trooper" model with a folding trigger and without a trigger guard.

Velo-Dog Revolver

A pocket revolver, belonging to Princess Sonia Danidoff (Kristina van Eyck), is seen in Ep.1 "L'échafaud magique". This gun is also used by Fantômas (Helmut Berger). It appears to be a kind of Velo-Dog Revolver with exposed hammer.

For comparison: Nickel plated Velo-Dog revolver with exposed hammer, Liege, Belgium
Fantômas takes the revolver from drawer (Ep.1).
The revolver in hands of Fantômas.
Sonia holds her revolver.
Inspector Juve examines a pocket revolver that was used by Fantômas in an attempt on gangster Lupart's mistress (Ep.2). Note the folding trigger.
Another view of the scene.

Unidentified revolver

In Ep.3 Fantômas' henchman Nibet (Mario David) carries a compact revolver with pearl grips. The shape of the grip bears resemblance with Arminius revolvers.



Luger P08

In Ep.3 Fandor (Pierre Malet) uses a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Fandor holds a Luger.
Fantômas' electromagnetic trap pulls the pistol from Fandor's hand.
Juve's Colt and Fandor's Luger P08 are captured.

Astra 300

In the scene in the palace of the King of Transilvania in Ep.4, Inspector Juve (Jacques Dufilho) holds a pistol that seems to a tubular-slide Astra, most likely Astra 300.

Astra 300 - 9mm Kurz (.380ACP)
Juve holds his pistol in nearly complete darkness.
The size and general outlook of the pistol matches compact Astra.
Juve stalks Fantômas, busy with stealing the red diamond.
A close view of the pistol.

Unidentified pistol

During the shootout in Vienna tram in Ep.4, Fantômas (Helmut Berger) holds an unidentified pistol.

Fantômas fires at Juve.
The pistol on the floor.
Fantômas gets his gun back.

Colt Thuer Derringer

In Ep. 3 Baroness de Vibray (Danielle Godet) owns a pair of derringer pistols, most likely Colt Thuer Derringer.

Colt 4th Model "Lord" Derringer - .22 Short
Two derringers in box.
Baroness takes one of the guns.


Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34

A police officer holds a Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34 rifle in the scene near Lady Beltham's house in Ep.2.

Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34 - 7.5x54 mm

Unidentified rifles

In Ep. 4 rifles of Austrian police, convoying arrested Juve and Fandor, are seen too unclear for positive identification.

A barrel is seen at the right.
Two rifles are seen at the background.

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