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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 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | 3 Channel Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Scaramanga shoots the fingers off the statue/dummy of Bond, only three shots are heard, and Scaramanga can only be seen to fire three times, but all four fingers are shot off. In addition, only two fingers are seen shot off in the view from behind the statue/dummy before the angle changes, but a third finger is already missing after cutting to a close-up of the hand, before the fourth finger is then shot off. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Enjoyable Bond adventure, but not one of the very best.
19 August 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Man With the Golden Gun ditches the original novel almost completely (the book was set in Jamaica, for a start, whereas the film is located in the Far East). However, it is still a fairly entertaining entry is the long-running series, and features three strong reasons for tuning in: 1)a classic Bond villain in the shape of Francisco Scaramanga 2)a classic villain's henchman in the shape of psycho dwarf NickNack, and 3)a stunning Bond girl in the shape of Mary Goodnight. There'a also the most outrageous car stunt ever seen in a motion picture, rendered all the more impressive by the fact that it is not a computer enhanced sequence but was filmed for real (including that infamous loop-the-loop in the red sports car).

Bond is played by Roger Moore for the second time. Moore is relaxed and easy-going in his usual manner, but shows a bit of the old Connery toughness during a couple of martial arts fight sequences. His mission is simply to stay alive this time, having been targeted by world renowned hitman Francisco Scaramanga (chilling Christopher Lee). Moore decides that rather than waiting around to be shot, he will hunt for Scaramanga himself, and his search takes him to Beirut, Macao, Hong Kong and, finally, a privately owned Thai island. En route, he discovers that Scaramanga has bigger fish to fry than simply killing 007, as he also plans to use a powerful solar device to power-up a deadly laser gun that he has had built.

It's a surprisingly slow-moving film for a Bond flick, with more talky scenes than is customary. However, the action when it comes is pretty memorable. The comedy relief provided by Clifton James (you may remember him as a mouthy cop from Live and Let Die) is somewhat irritating and hurts the film more than it helps it. Lulu's title song is dated, but catchy. I would rate this an an enjoyable Bond escapade, definitely worth catching for series completists and fans of action bonanzas, but it isn't really the best of the bunch and isn't even the best of Moore's films in the series. If you're only going to see five minutes of the film, though, you simply must tune in for that afore-mentioned car stunt.... awesome!


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