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In his autobiography, Sir Roger Moore said that when they were filming the boat chase on the klongs, he fell in twice. The first was on purpose (because they told him not to do it), and the second time was by accident. On the second fall, Moore made the mistake of opening his eyes underwater, and saw what the local undertakers did with the bodies of the less fortunate.
According to Sir Roger Moore, Director Guy Hamilton wanted to toughen Bond up more, in order to be closer to Ian Fleming's original intent for the character. One of the ways was by having Bond twist the arm of Andrea Anders behind her back, and threaten to break it unless she told him what he wanted to know. Moore didn't enjoy filming the scene, feeling that Bond would have instead charmed the information out of her. Another scene Moore didn't enjoy, was pushing the boy into the water during the boat chase.
One of the lowest grossing Bond films. That fact, combined with behind-the-scenes problems, nearly made this the final Bond film, and delayed production of the next entry in the franchise, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Travelling to Los Angeles for the Johnny Carson show to promote the film, Sir Christopher Lee had his golden gun confiscated by U.S. Customs.
The island used as the filming location for the Scaramanga's beach house (Phang Nga Bay, Thailand) is known as "James Bond Island".
While on-location in Thailand, Sir Roger Moore found a cave full of bats. He couldn't resist seeking out Sir Christopher Lee, telling him what he had found and joking "Master, they are yours to command!" Lee appreciated the joke.
"The Man With The Golden Gun" was the thirteenth and final complete James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. It was the first and only one of his full James Bond novels to be published posthumously. Some sources claim that it was unfinished at the time of his death, whereas other experts, such as Andrew Lycett and John Cork, maintain that Fleming had completed it before he died. It is of controversial debate as to whether Fleming wrote the novel completely himself or whether other(s) were involved. Fleming's own personal correspondence from the period indicates that he had completed the novel and submitted it to his publisher before his death. The correspondence also indicates that Fleming was not pleased with the novel, and was considering retiring from writing Bond novels, because he feared he had lost his edge.
Sir Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny), are former classmates.
John Barry regretted adding a whistle to the car stunt.
The title role was originally offered to Jack Palance, before it eventually went to Sir Christopher Lee, the cousin of Ian Fleming who was known as the Man with the Golden Pen. (Fleming had previously offered Lee the title role in Dr. No (1962).)
Scaramanga's island hideout has since become a tourist attraction. During filming, the island was deserted.
Sir Christopher Lee wore full body make-up, to give the appearance of having a tan.
Though Bond and Scaramanga are enemies in the film, Sir Roger Moore and Sir Christopher Lee were close friends, dating back to the early days of their respective professional acting careers.
In the Ian Fleming James Bond novels, Mary Goodnight is a regular character, like Miss Moneypenny. She is James Bond's Secretary, or Personal Assistant. This is the only James Bond movie in which she appears. Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Scaramanga's mistress, but landed the Goodnight role after posing in a bikini.
The corkscrew car jump was apparently conceived several years before the movie went into production. Researchers at Cornell University were studying rollover collisions for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and they did a computer simulation of the barrel roll stunt used in the film. Race car driver Jay Milligan, who is the promoter of the American Thrill Show during the 1960s and 1970s, with the sponsorship of the American Motors Corporation, performed the barrel roll stunt, known as the Astro Spiral Jump, and it debuted on January 12, 1972, at the Houston Astrodome, using an AMC Javelin. Milligan was contacted by Albert R. Broccoli during an American Thrill Show performance in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he wanted the stunt performed in a James Bond film. Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli allegedly took out patents and copyrights on the stunt, as they did not wish it to appear in another movie before they had used it. The three hundred sixty-degree car-spiralling jump over a canal, was performed in just one take by uncredited British Stuntman 'Bumps' Williard as eight cameras simultaneously captured the spectacle. So potentially hazardous was the nature of the stunt, divers, ambulances, and cranes were on standby alert, in case of any catastrophic consequences. The stunt was so rapid, that the film is shown in slow motion. Williard was given a large bonus for completing the jump on the first take. Jay Milligan performed the driving stunts with the AMC Hornet used in the film. AMC provided fifteen vehicles used in the film (some of them where AMC Matador police cars). There were two AMC Hornets used for the spiral jump stunt, and one of them is owned by Jay Milligan, which is the back-up vehicle, while the other one is in a museum. The jump is also credited with being the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer modelling.
Producer Harry Saltzman wanted an elephant stampede in the movie, so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Saltzman went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out, that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, Producer Albert R. Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready. Saltzman had ordered about twenty-six hundred pairs of them. The sequence was not in the movie, but the man who made the shoe had not been paid. As of 1990, Eon Productions still owed him.
Guy Hamilton admitted that he added the slide whistle to the car roll because he didn't think there was a way the audiences would take such stunt seriously. He has since regretted this.
John Barry regarded this as his weakest score.
This is the James Bond movie on which the partnership between Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli is said to have deteriorated. Sir Roger Moore stated in his DVD audio commentary, that this predominantly occurred behind closed doors.
Prior to this movie, Hervé Villechaize was so poor, that he was living out of his car in Los Angeles, California.
As a joke on Desmond Llewelyn, Sir Roger Moore wrote fake dialogue for Q, and then gave it to the Script Girl to give to Llewelyn after he had spent a whole month learning his lines, and was about to come on-set.
Hervé Villechaize lamented to Sir Roger Moore, that whenever he stayed at a hotel, he could never get a room above the first floor. When Moore asked him why, he said it was because he couldn't reach the buttons in the elevator.
According to the Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000) documentary on the DVD, during production on the fifth James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), 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 Sir Roger Moore was considered to fill Sir 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.
The source of the name "Scaramanga" originates in the name of a man that Ian Fleming knew, called "Pandia Scaramanga". He had met him, and stayed at his house on the island of Hydra, in the Greek isles. Reportedly, Fleming sought permission from him to use his surname, indicating that he would be James Bond's adversary in "The Man With The Golden Gun". The real Scaramanga apparently responded: "I certainly do not mind you using my name, but please do not to kill me."
The martial arts scenes were added to the script, because the genre was becoming popular at the time of filming.
First James Bond movie to be shown at the Kremlin. According to Sir Roger Moore in his audio commentary, apparently when the movie had finished, one Russian official turned around and said "We didn't train him (Scaramanga) very well." Scaramanga was recruited by, and acted as a hitman for, the K.G.B.
Sir Christopher Lee named Francisco Scaramanga as one of his favorite roles.
Whilst shooting in Thailand, the cast and crew were unwittingly housed in a bordello.
The golden gun was manufactured by Special Effects Wizard John Stears, from several tobacco and men's accessories, such as a cigarette case, fountain pen, and cigarette lighter. During the 1950s, K.G.B. Agents were issued with miniature, one-shot, .22 caliber guns, compacted in cigarette cases.
While doing the title sequence, Maurice Binder ran into a problem with one of the nude models. Her pubic hair was sticking up when they needed it flat. After a few minutes of her trying, and failing to get it right, Binder smeared her pubic hair with Vaseline. She gave Binder the brush and told him to fix the hair to how he needed it. The whole thing was seen by Sir Roger Moore and Harry Saltzman, causing Moore to turn to Saltzman and quip, "If you're the producer of this film, you're not getting the perks!"
Harry Saltzman sold his fifty percent share of the Bond franchise to United Artists, to alleviate the very large financial difficulties he had incurred.
This film bears virtually no relation to the book, other than the name of Scaramanga, his third nipple, his golden gun, his occupation as an assassin, and a brief monologue about the shooting of an elephant when he was younger. Even the locale was shifted from Jamaica, as that location had already been used for Dr. No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). Scaramanga was changed from an American hood, into a more urbane methodical assassin, more akin to Bond.
This is the last Bond film to be shot and shown in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
In earlier versions of the script, the character of Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize) was originally called "Demi Tasse", and Hai Fat had a business partner called "Lo Fat", a character which was scrapped.
This was the last environmentally-themed Bond film until Quantum of Solace (2008).
The "Bottoms Up" strip club kept the same interior used in the film, until it closed in 2004.
According to Production Designer Peter Murton, the sequence where Scaramanga's car transforms into a light airplane was accomplished in the editing room. Wings were attached to the car, and a stuntman drove the carplane to the runway. At this point, the film editor simply cut to a radio-controlled model, built by John Stears.
Alice Cooper's "Muscle of Love" album has a song "Man With the Golden Gun" on it. The CD version includes notes claiming it was to be the theme song of the movie, but the producers opted for the version sung by Lulu instead.
During the belly dancing scene, Moore was wearing a brand new suit. When the scene was finished, as a gag, Albert R. Broccoli got on a ladder, and poured a bucket of paste all over Moore's new suit.
Last James Bond movie to be directed by Guy Hamilton.
The original plan was to shoot in Iran. This was partly inspired by Albert Lamorisse's film The Red Balloon (1956). The start of the Yom Kippur War was an instrumental reason in calling off the idea of filming there. Southeast Asia was the new location chosen.
Last Bond film to be co-produced by Harry Saltzman.
The idea of a "Golden Gun" in the James Bond universe predates the 1965 novel and movie. Ian Fleming's villain Auric Goldfinger in the 1959 novel and the movie Goldfinger (1964) brandished a golden pistol while disguised as a military Major.
Sir Roger Moore and Albert R. Broccoli would often hit the casinos in between takes. Usually to play at the roulette tables.
Two scenes written by Richard Maibaum were either eliminated or shortened before filming began: The first had Q at Hong Kong airport trying to persuade Bond to use a gadget-laden camera on his trip to Thailand, and being forced to admit that the one thing it couldn't do was take photographs. The second set of changes were made to the climactic battle between Bond and Scaramanga, which was originally planned to be much longer.
The novel reveals M's name for the first time, Miles Messervy. In The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Gogol addresses him as "Miles", but his last name is never revealed in any of the films.
The spiral "Javelin Jump" was performed by a modified 1974 Hornet X: special suspension, a six cylinder engine (for reduced weight), and a centered steering wheel.
The last scene filmed was Bond trying to steal the golden bullet from the belly dancer's navel.
When first meeting Bond in the car, Lieutenant Hip's nieces greet him in two different languages. Niece number two says "Sawadee ka" (Thai for "Hello" and "Goodbye") and niece number one says "Ni hao ma" (Mandarin for "How are you?"). Also, in their second meeting, niece number two says "He is handsome" in Thai, and niece number one replies in Mandarin.
The Queen Elizabeth wreckage in Hong Kong harbor, the Hong Kong base of MI6 in the film, was launched in 1938. At its launch, it was the largest passenger ship ever built. It was refurbished as a floating university until it was destroyed in a blaze by arsonists in 1972.
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Scaramanga's solar gun fires an invisible laser beam (which is true to science, as laser beams are invisible), because the special effects team didn't have the money to make the "golden beam of laser light", for which the script required.
Take a good look at the cowboy dummy in Scaramanga's play room. It looks a lot like Sir Roger Moore wearing a handlebar moustache.
The Republic RC-3 SeaBee seaplane, which Bond uses to fly to the Scaramanga's lair, was donated by a wealthy American James Bond fan (though only on the condition he fly it himself. Which he did, all the way from the United States to Thailand).
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During shooting, the cast and crew had to take a one hour boat ride to the set. They decided to leave their equipment overnight, and employed two security guards to watch over it. One night, Sir Roger Moore said that two large generators were stolen. The guards claimed they saw nothing.
When Bond says, "The energy crisis is still with us", to M, that had a lot of truth to it. Britain had not yet overcome the oil crisis of 1973, as it had not yet had North Sea oil and gas flowing through its pipelines.
This movie featured two Swedish actresses: Maud Adams (Scaramanga's mistress) and Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight). Adams appeared in Octopussy (1983) (as the title character) with two other Swedish actresses (Kristina Wayborn and Mary Stavin), and in A View to a Kill (1985) as an extra. Stavin appeared in A View to a Kill (1985).
Felix Leiter appeared in the novel, but is absent from the film. He would not appear in a Bond film again until The Living Daylights (1987).
Filming began on November 6, 1973, with a double filling in for Sir Roger Moore, who wasn't scheduled to begin shooting until April 1974.
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Three Golden Gun props were made; a solid piece, one that could be fired with a cap, and one that could be assembled and disassembled, although Sir Christopher Lee said that the process "was extremely difficult."
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Sir Christopher Lee (Scaramanga) is the only Bond villain personally related to Ian Fleming (they were cousins).
One of the rumored titles for Spectre (2015), which proved to be false, was the title "Devil May Care". This is the name of a retrospective 2008 James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, set in 1967, and is a book sequel to The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The second unit, still shooting in Bangkok, was forced to return to England a few days early, when political unrest erupted in the city.
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The Bangkok canals and waterways, seen in this movie, are known as "the Klongs".
This is the eleventh James Bond film, and the ninth in the EON Productions official film franchise. It's the second James Bond film to star Sir Roger Moore, the eleventh to feature Bernard Lee as M, and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, and the ninth to feature Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
Speaking to Robert Osborne of The Hollywood Reporter (April 12, 1982), Albert R. Broccoli noted that "I can't say there is a single (Bond film) I'd like to completely redo if I had the chance, although there are parts of The Man With the Golden Gun I'd change."
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Before acting, Sir Christopher Lee had a brief career in the British Secret Service, in which he studied several languages. One of these languages was Swedish. Off-set, he spoke Swedish with Britt and Maud. His wife, Birgit Kroencke, was born in Sweden.
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Long-time Director of Photography Ted Moore quit halfway through the production, either through illness or disagreements with the producers, depending on who you ask. Ernest Day acted as Director of Photography for about a week, before Oswald Morris came on-board.
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Product placements, brand integrations, and promotional tie-ins for this movie include: American Motors Company (AMC); Dom Perignon Champagne; The Bottoms Up Club, Hong Kong; Sony; The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel; Nikon; Moët; The Floating Macau Palace; Tabasco Sauce; Rolex watches, specifically a Rolex Submariner 5513; Dunlop; Pepsi, and Guinness beer.
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Adolf Hitler had a gold plated Liliput pistol, a very small semi-automatic pistol, with beautiful engravings. Although this golden gun was in a standard caliber, the Liliput was more famous for it's now obsolete 4.25mm Liliput rounds (the smallest mass produced center fire rounds of the age). While Q and his staff are checking out Scaramanga's ballistics, they tell Bond that it is a very rare 4.2mm which would be about the size of the little Liliput. However, the insert shot of the box of shells given up by the gunsmith in the film were much larger.
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The energy crisis storyline was inspired by media stories of such current events of the time.
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In novel and this film, Scaramanga (Sir Christopher Lee) has an additional nipple, which can be a real biological occurrence. It is known as a supernumerary nipple, but can also be called an accessory nipple, or third nipple. The medical name for such can be either polythelia or polymastia. In this movie though, it is referred to as a superfluous papilla. In Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Goldmember (Mike Myers) also has a third nipple.
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The Royal World Premiere of this movie was held on Thursday, December 19, 1974, at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London, England, in the presence of Prince Philip, who was the Guest of Honor.
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Final film of Richard Loo.
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Britt Ekland's then-husband Peter Sellers played James Bond's double in Casino Royale (1967).
In the fight in the dancer's dressing room, Sir Roger Moore sprays one of the villains in the face with an aerosol can of Brut-33, a nod to the Fabergé company, with which Moore was associated.
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The original teaser trailer features a short scene not used in the final film: While Bond is chasing Scaramanga on his island, he throws a Molotov cocktail and shoots it, causing it to explode into a ball of flames. The duel was shortened, as the producers felt it was causing pacing problems.
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On October 10, 2008, it was discovered that one of the golden guns used in the film, which is estimated to be worth around eighty thousand pounds, was missing (suspected stolen) from Elstree Props, a company based at Hertfordshire studios.
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The game shown at the casino during the bullet drop off is a Chinese dice game called "Sic Bo". The baskets featured in the same scene are used to allow more players in the game by dropping and receiving bet money for the players on the top level.
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Vehicles featured included various American Motors cars including two AMC (American Motors Corporation) Cassini Coupés, a red 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback Special Coupé, which performed the spiral loop jump, and a brown and gold 1974 AMC Matador X Coupé, which became a carplane, which was based on the Aerocar International's Aerocar, or Taylor Aerocar; a fleet of green Peninsula Hotel Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows; a Cairo taxi; an MGB; Mercedes-Benz 240D; Longtail boats riding the Bangkok floating market's canals, and waterways, known as "the Klongs"; Scaramanga's diesel-engine Chinese Junk; a Republic RC-3 SeaBee seaplane; and a Hong Kong Harbor Patrol boat.
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While a wax figure of Sir Roger Moore was used, Moore's stunt double Les Crawford was the cowboy figure, and Ray Marione played the Al Capone figure.
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A poster for the movie being released for Christmas 1974 promised "A Christmas Present From James Bond". The present was, as the ad read: "A solid gold fountain pen that screws into the body of a gold cigarette lighter. A gold cigarette case that is snapped into place to form a handle. A solid gold cuff link that becomes the trigger. A single gold bullet that is placed in the chamber". The present of course was the Golden Gun, and the poster's tagline then read: "The Man With The Golden Gun Is Ready To Assassinate James Bond".
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The novel was adapted as a comic strip, in the Daily Express newspaper in England, from January 10 to September 10, 1966. It was written by Jim Lawrence, and illustrated by Yaroslav Horak, and has been reprinted on more than one occasion.
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A shot with a Golden Gun results in a certain "one shot, one kill", in such James Bond video games as GoldenEye 007 (1997), James Bond in Agent Under Fire (2001), 007: Nightfire (2002), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), From Russia with Love (2005), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003), and The World Is Not Enough (2000). In the Nintendo 64 version of The World Is Not Enough (2000), the Golden Gun must be assembled from the cigarette case, fountain pen, and cigarette lighter, as in this movie. Similarly, a move with a Golden Revolver also results in a guaranteed kill in the video game Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (2005). Moreover, in the video game Killer7 (2005), the hero can utilize a Golden Gun, which will, in one shot, exterminate all of his adversaries. Finally, in the video game Saints Row: The Third (2011), entering the cheat code "goldengun" will make all of weapons in the game one-hit kills. Neither Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (2005), Killer7 (2005), nor Saints Row: The Third (2011) are James Bond Universe video games.
The canted sets, such as the funhouse and the Queen Elizabeth, had inspiration from German Expressionism films, such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).
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Francisco Scaramanga is also known as "Pistols" Scaramanga and "Paco" (from the Spanish diminutive for Francisco) in the novel. Scaramanga also appears in the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), in which Sir Christopher Lee reprised his role, and provided his voice. Scaramanga is also a playable character in the multi-player section of 007: Nightfire (2002).
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The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include: 007 Against The Man With The Golden Pistol (Brazil); The Man With The Golden Colt (Germany); 007 And The Golden Gun (Finland); and 007 Versus The Golden Gun (China).
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Bond and Scaramanga's duel was inspired by Shane (1953).
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Race car driver Jay Milligan drove the AMC Hornet during the chase scenes in Bangkok, Thailand, with the exception of the barrel roll stunt performed by "Bumps" Williard in this film. Fifteen AMC vehicles (which ranged from AMC Matador police cars, painted in black and white, similar to the color scheme used by the Los Angeles Police Department, an AMC Matador Coupe, and a few AMC Hornets, some of them modified for stunts) were used in the film.
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When Britt Ekland read the news that Maud Adams had been cast, she became upset, thinking Adams had been selected to play Goodnight. Albert R. Broccoli then called Ekland to invite her for the main role, as after seeing her in a film, Broccoli thought Ekland's "generous looks" made her a good contrast to Adams.
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Guy Hamilton decided to put Marc Lawrence, whom he had worked with on Diamonds Are Forever (1971), to play a gangster shot dead by Scaramanga at the start of the film, because he found it an interesting idea to "put sort of a Chicago gangster in the middle of Thailand".
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The final mention of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in an Ian Fleming Bond story, was at the start of the novel, "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1965).
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Like Dr. No (1962), this film has Bond using a pillow-trick. He does this in the book "The Spy Who Loved Me".
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Sir Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland appeared in The Wicker Man (1973).
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The first line of the novel read: "The Secret Service holds much that is kept secret, even from very senior officers in the organization." The last line read: "At the same time, he knew, deep down, that love from Mary Goodnight, or from any other woman, was not enough for him. It would be like taking 'a room with a view'. For James Bond, the same view would always pall."
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Thailand was chosen as a primary location, following a suggestion of Production Designer Peter Murton, after he saw pictures of the Phuket bay in a magazine. Harry Saltzman was happy with the choice of the Far East for the setting, as he had always wanted to go on-location in Thailand and Hong Kong.
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The destruction of the facility was a combination of practical effects on the set, and a destruction of the miniature. Derek Meddings based the island blowing up, on footage of the Battle of Monte Cassino.
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John Barry had only three weeks to compose the score.
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Principal photography didn't begin until April 1974, but scenes, involving the wreckage of the "Queen Elizabeth", were shot in Hong Kong Harbor on November 6, 1973.
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In the dinner scene with Scaramanga, Bond says, "There is a word with four letters, and you are full of it." A sentence that was used again by Bond, this time played by Timothy Dalton, in The Living Daylights (1987), after being captured by Koskoff.
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The Golden Gun consisted of several gold components from Pistols Scaramanga's personal effects. These included: A gold 15 x 1.5 centimeter fountain pen, which became the gun barrel; a 8 x 4 centimeter gold cigarette lighter, which formed the hammer and bullet chamber; a 10 x 6 centimeter gold cigarette case doubled as the gun's magazine hand grip (or gun butt or handle); while a solid gold cuff link from his shirt cuff was adjoined to the cigarette case that turned into the gun's trigger. In the movie, custom-made twenty-three carat golden bullets, with nickel trace elements, were manufactured for the gun by Eastern expert Portugese gunsmith Lazar.
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After the novel was published, and this movie was made, two James Bond novels were written with similar title prefixes beginning "The Man..." . These are 1991's "The Man From Barbarossa" by John Gardner, and 2002's "The Man with the Red Tattoo" by Raymond Benson.
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The scene where Bond disabled his pursuers from the martial arts dojo, was filmed in Thon Buri, Thailand.
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Guy Hamilton adapted an idea of his, involving Bond in Disneyland for Scaramanga's funhouse. The funhouse was designed to be a place where Scaramanga could get the upper hand by distracting the adversary with obstacles, and was described by Peter Murton as a "melting pot of ideas", which made it "both a funhouse, and a horror house".
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Tony Bramwell, who worked for Producer Harry Saltzman's music publishing company "Hilary Music", wanted Sir Elton John or Cat Stevens to sing the title song. However, by this time, the producers were taking turns producing the films. Albert R. Broccoli, whose turn it was to produce, rejected Bramwell's suggestions. Bramwell subsequently dismissed the song as "mundane".
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Tom Mankiewicz wrote a first draft for the script in 1973, delivering a script that was a battle of wills between Bond and Scaramanga, whom he saw as Bond's alter ego, "a super-villain of the stature of Bond himself." Tensions between Mankiewicz and Guy Hamilton and Mankiewicz's growing sense that he was "feeling really tapped out on Bond" led to the re-introduction of Richard Maibaum as the Bond Screenwriter.
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The Tamarind Seed (1974) utilized two key major creative personnel, who had been synonymous with the official James Bond film franchise: John Barry, was a composer of many of the Bond movie's music scores up until The Living Daylights (1987), while Maurice Binder, who designed the opening titles sequence, had done the same for most of the Bond films up until Licence to Kill (1989). Moreover, Terence Plummer, who played a K.G.B. Agent in The Tamarind Seed (1974), portrayed a Beirut thug in this movie, and one of Elliot Carver's thugs in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) (both parts uncredited). Also, other crew members worked on The Tamarind Seed (1974) and this movie.
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Britt Ekland had been interested in playing a Bond girl since she had seen Dr. No (1962), and contacted the producers about the main role of Mary Goodnight.
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Guy Hamilton met Maud Adams in New York City, and cast her, because "she was elegant and beautiful that it seemed to me she was the perfect Bond girl."
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Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Andrea Anders, but landed the Goodnight role after posing in a bikini.
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This is the first Bond film since You Only Live Twice (1967), in which James Bond is played by the same actor as in the previous film.
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Third of five James Bond films where the title is the same name of a villain or a criminal organization in the movie. The others are Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015).
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Filming began on the Thai coast, continuing in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Macao.
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Sir Roger Moore and Sir Christopher Lee played detective Sherlock Holmes, in Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), and Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (1992). Cast member Bernard Lee was the grandfather of Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock on Elementary (2012).
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Originally, this film was to follow On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), with George Lazenby playing Bond. Lazenby even briefly reported that it would be his follow-up in the media, before changing his mind, and quitting the role.
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Final James Bond movie with voice dubs by Nikki Van der Syl.
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Mary Goodnight drives an MG, the same initials as her.
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Second of three movies starring Sir Roger Moore, which have included the phrase "The Man..." in the title. They are The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), this movie, and The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1994), the latter being made-for-television. Moore also appeared in episodes of The Saint (1962), such as The Saint: The Man Who Gambled with Life (1969).
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Scaramanga's hideout is on Ko Khao Phing Kan, and Ko Tapu is often now referred to as "James Bond Island" by locals and in tourist guidebooks.
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Longtail boats are referred to as "James Bond boats" in Thai tourist advertisements.
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In this movie, as highly-paid assassin Scaramanga, Sir Christopher Lee had custom-made gold bullets manufactured for himself. In Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), Lee's character of Stefan Crosscoe handled silver bullets for the killing of werewolves.
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Sir Christopher Lee was Ian Fleming's cousin.
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SERIES TRADEMARK: Second James Bond film to use the word "gold" or "golden" in the title. The other two being Goldfinger (1964) and GoldenEye (1995).
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This is the first Bond movie since Dr. No (1962), where Bond does not rely on Q's gadgets to survive, but rather relies on his wits. During the fight with the henchmen in Beirut, Sir Roger Moore was visibly accidentally punched in the mouth, hence the blood running down on his lower lip at the end of the fight.
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When Bond first meets Goodnight on-screen, the premise is that they already know each other. The only time in the Bond franchise he has a backstory with any Bond main girl.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

James Bond kills only one person: Scaramanga.
Britt Ekland admitted to being terrified when filming the scene where she and Sir Roger Moore escape from Scaramanga's island. In his autobiography, Moore pointed out one particular shot, right before the second explosion goes off, when Ekland falls to the floor; according to Ekland, that wasn't acting. Moore came back, picked her up, and helped her go on. His arm was around her back as the second explosion went off, and he felt the tiny hairs on her skin get singed.
Guy Hamilton has stated that Nick Nack was intended as being a miniature version of Oddjob (they both wear black bowler-style hats) from Goldfinger (1964), a film he also directed. Nick Nack was the first villain (but a henchman) in the EON Production official film franchise, whose fate was to be captured, and not killed.
Marc Lawrence played Rodney, the gangster who was shot by Scaramanga at the beginning of the movie. He also played a Las Vegas hood, who worked for Slumber, Inc. in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). It is not clear whether or not they were intended to be the same character.
The body count of only six, including James Bond's (Sir Roger Moore's) one single kill of Scaramanga (Sir Christopher Lee), are the lowest in the official film franchise to date.
The secret headquarters for MI6 in Hong Kong Harbor, was the wreck of the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. The vessel had been renamed before the time of filming, and was known as the Seawise University.

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