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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  20 December 1974 (USA)
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James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nack (as Herve Villechaize)
Richard Loo ...
Hip (as Soon-Taik Oh)
Marne Maitland ...
James Cossins ...
Yao Lin Chen ...
Chula (as Chan Yiu Lam)


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 <>

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He never misses his target, and now his target is 007. See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's The Man with the Golden Gun  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$21,000,000 (USA)

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This is the James Bond movie on which the partnership between Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli is said to have deteriorated. Roger Moore stated in his DVD audio-commentary that this predominantly occurred behind closed doors. See more »


During the opening carnival house duel, both arms fall off of the Al Capone wax dummy despite the fact that he only shot one bullet. As 'Al' was cradling a 1928 Thompson 'Tommy-gun', a tug from one arm and the weapon could have pulled the other arm off of the mannequin. See more »


[first lines]
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Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.
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Bond #9: Scaramanga turns on the light
9 July 2008 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The killer Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) uses a special golden gun for his assignments and has a rare birthmark on his chest. That's about the only things the movie has in common with the novel which played in the Caribbean region whereas the movie takes us to Thailand where Scaramanga secretly works with solar energy. Casting Herve Villechaize was an attempt to create a sidekick for Scaramanga like Oddjob had been to Goldfinger - a bit too silly in the end. Being a child of its time, "The Man With the Golden Gun" couldn't resist some kung fu - you see better martial arts in Hong Kong productions, though. Somehow parts of the movie seem too artificial, especially the mirror labyrinth where Scaramanga likes to practice the art of killing. But the beautiful islands will stick to your memory, and there is the most fabulous car stunt so far! There's an interesting promo photo for the movie, by the way: Lee and Moore back to back, gun in hand. This is not just a duel, this is also illustrating the idea of Scaramanga being a "dark Bond", his mirror image as a bad guy with the same skills, but different ideology. "We have so much in common, Mr Bond", Scaramanga says. "Ours is the loneliest profession."

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