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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

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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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Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Christopher Lee ... Francisco Scaramanga
Britt Ekland ... Mary Goodnight
Maud Adams ... Andrea Anders
Hervé Villechaize ... Nick Nack
Clifton James ... Sheriff J.W. Pepper
Richard Loo ... Hai Fat
Soon-Tek Oh ... Lieutenant Hip (as Soon-Taik Oh)
Marc Lawrence ... Rodney
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Marne Maitland ... Lazar
Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
James Cossins ... Colthorpe
Yao Lin Chen ... Chula (as Chan Yiu Lam)
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Storyline

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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Roger Moore as James Bond 007 See more »


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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Thailand

Language:

English | Thai | Cantonese

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's The Man with the Golden Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Andaman Sea, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,972,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | 3 Channel Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Travelling to Los Angeles for the Johnny Carson show to promote this movie, Sir Christopher Lee had his golden gun confiscated by U.S. Customs. See more »

Goofs

When Bond and Knick Knack are fighting in the junk's bedroom, Knick Knack throws several sealed, unopened wine bottles at Bond, which he smashes to pieces with a broken chair. However, each smashed wine bottle is empty - not a drop was spilled. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francisco Scaramanga: Nick Nack! Tabasco!
Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.
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Crazy Credits

THE END of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond will return in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS/Fox video release is missing John Barry's score in the following scenes:
  • Bond's entrance into Hai Fat's home.
  • Bond's encounter with the two sumo wrestlers.
  • Bond's arrival and escape from Hai Fat's karate school.
  • Bond and Lt. Hip's pursuit of Scaramanga after the kickboxing match.
  • After Scaramanga murders Hai Fat and his following line 'He always did like that mausoleum... put him in it'.
  • Source music is also missing when Bond orders Phuyuck.
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Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Underrated Moore Bond
21 September 2006 | by divineangelSee 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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