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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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The man with the golden gun is ready to assassinate James Bond. See more »


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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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Trivia

According to the Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000) documentary on the DVD version of this movie, during production on the fifth James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had originally intended for this film to be the sixth entry in the Bond series. It was to be shot in Cambodia and Roger Moore was considered to fill Sean Connery's shoes as the second James Bond. However, the Vietnam War caused the producers to change plans and pick On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) as the sixth Bond film instead. See more »

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After the Bottoms Up Club scene, Lieutenant Hip tells Bond that they are going to "Kowloon side." He then says "We're going to the New Territories" as they ride the boat across Victoria Harbor. But the Bottoms Up Club is actually located in Kowloon, and Kowloon is part of the New Territories. See more »

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[first lines]
Francisco Scaramanga: Nick Nack! Tabasco!
Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.
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THE END of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond will return in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME See more »

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The Man With The Golden Gun
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Title song sung by Lulu
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Much better than its reputation
8 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Man With the Golden Gun was producer Harry Saltzman's last hurrah before selling out his share in the Bond series to United Artists to ensure the maximum inconvenience to his detested partner Cubby Broccoli. It's certainly not premium Bond: at times it threatens to turn into an episode of The Avengers, what with Scaramanga's funhouse, his midget servant Nick Nack, it's human statues or the off-kilter angles of MI6's Hong Kong HQ located in the rusting wreck of the Queen Elizabeth, not to mention Roger Moore's more Steed-like Bond. Although there are hints of the lows to come in Moore's tenure – Bond being saved by a pair of schoolgirls or defeating a villain by pretending to be a tailor's dummy – this is still recognisable an old-school Bond film, with thankfully few gadgets, although it's disappointing that the producers provide Scaramanga with an island lair and super-weapon to give Bond something to blow up at the end (a rather half-hearted effort to be sure: instead of a private army, Scaramanga simply has Herve Villachaize and a maintenance man).

Britt Ekland's irritating 'typical silly woman' comic relief was a bit hard to take in 1974 and gets worse with each passing year, but Christopher Lee's Scaramanga is one of the more interesting Bond villains, not least because of his imagined empathy with his prey – he regards himself as Bond's moral and professional equal, the kind of pathological snobbery Fleming's books were full of but the films increasingly abandoned.


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