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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  20 December 1974 (USA)
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Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him.

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Scaramanga is a hit-man who charges a million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realises that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown? Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Ian Fleming's The Man with the Golden Gun  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,000,000 (USA)
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Last Bond film to be co-produced by Harry Saltzman. See more »

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Hai Fat's home is supposedly in Bangkok, but it's located high on a lush hillside. There are no such hills in the vicinity of Bangkok. See more »

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[first lines]
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Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.
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The Man With The Golden Gun - Reprise
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Underrated Moore Bond
21 September 2006 | by (hollywood) – See all my reviews

Altho there's a lot of hate for this second Moore 007, I never understood it. For a change, most of the witty dialogue works well. I think it's one of Moore's best Bond performances.

So let's break it down: The Good: - Roger Moore is witty and action ready. His fight scene in the belly dancer's room is pretty good. Tough and violent. Don't know about that cigar, but it adds a little extra somethin'.

  • Herve Villechieze as Knick Knack. Not threatening, but a fun


memorable sidekick with lots of playful malevolence. I love it when he shushes Bond.

  • Christopher Lee. Nuff said, tho they didn't build up this character


to the level they could have. Where are those deleted scenes between him and Moore (from the trailer and photos)that obviously exist?

  • John Barry. Yes, Lulu's song is ridiculous. Still, I love the brassy


music and this is one of Barry's most memorable catchy Bond scores. Especially during the karate scenes and the jazzy swing of Scaramenga's fun parlor.

  • Kung fu. The Bond films always lucked out when it came to latching


onto the culture of the day. 1974 was the height of kung fu exploitation and Bond was there. Still have BLACK BELT magazine featuring this on the cover...

The Bad: - Miss Goodnight. Giving Bond a ditzy helper...well, bad night.

  • Lack of compelling plot. The energy cell and Scaramanga are too


loosely tied together and the film shouldn't have tried to pull a Blofeld at the end.

  • Production design. Ken Adams is sorely missing here. And what's with


that ONE GUARD in the massive solar laser set? Missed opportunity there.

The Ugly: - JW Pepper.

  • Slide whistle.



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