No, it does not need film to cock-shutter and fire
It should do it
It may get stuck after a few years of no use, but some ronsonol cleans the mechanism easily.
When I think back of all the crappy pictures I've taken, it's a wonder I can see at all......
APX It gives us the nicer grays/It gives the cleanes whites/Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah/I got a nikon camera/I love to take a photograph
MAMA DON'T TAKE MY APX AWAY........
Sorry Paul Simon