Scaramanga is a hitman who charges one 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 realizes that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown?Written by
Graeme Roy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 its 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 this movie were much larger. See more »
When Bond gets ready for the jump over the water in the car, a light along with the light guy on a ladder is seen in the car window. See more »
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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