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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 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 <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

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:

$7,000,000 (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:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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). See more »

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All cars used for the stunts in the car chase through Bangkok have the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car. Thai cars have the driver sitting right due to their left-side driving. 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

In the theatrical version and some home releases up to 2006, the opening gun barrel dots were a baby blue. In the 2006 Ultimate edition, they were changed back to white. See more »


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James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Another long Bond film, with some rather dull moments, but it's not all bad, and eventually gets better
15 August 2008 | by Electrified_VoltageSee all my reviews

The year after Roger Moore first appeared in the role of James Bond in 1973's "Live and Let Die", marking the beginning of his twelve-year stint in the role, he returned for the ninth film in the franchise, and his second of seven. Recently, knowing that this wasn't the most widely praised of all the official Bond films, I watched it with fairly low expectations, but I think my expectations were at least slightly surpassed. Like the first film starring Moore, this one didn't blow me away consistently, but I found a lot of it entertaining, mostly later in the film (if it wasn't for that, I doubt I could rate it any more than a 6/10).

Francisco Scaramanga is a renowned hit-man who uses a golden gun with golden bullets, which is why he is known as "the man with the golden gun"! MI6 receives a golden bullet with "007" on it, which suggests that James Bond is Scaramanga's next target! Because of this threat, M decides to dismiss Bond from his duties until the problem is solved. Nonetheless, Agent 007 sets out in search for Scaramanga, and during his search, he witnesses the assassination of a man who turns out to be a scientist creating a device that can harness the sun's power! Bond must track down this machine, and on his mission, he must go through Andrea Anders (Scaramanga's mistress), and Nick Nack (the hit man's servant), as he is assisted on the mission by Mary Goodnight, a mission which eventually leads to a showdown between the secret agent and his main foe!

Like "Live and Let Die", this one has some tedious moments, unsurprisingly, and for a while, it seemed to me that it was turning out to be slightly inferior to Moore's first Bond film, but like I said, I was more impressed later in the film, with a decent amount of suspense and humour. They brought back Sheriff J.W. Pepper, the stereotypical Southerner introduced in "Live and Let Die", for comic relief in this movie. The character made me laugh in the 1973 Bond film, once again gave me some laughs this time, and as I stated in my comment on the first film featuring him, I don't see why I should feel guilty for finding Sheriff J.W. Pepper amusing if I'm willing to laugh at Canadian stereotypes. One very memorable sequence is where Bond chases after a car with Pepper inside with him, which is both suspenseful AND humorous (humourous thanks to the presence of Pepper). After that, a lot of suspense takes place on the island.

Like "Live and Let Die", this second Bond film starring Roger Moore is rather polarizing with Bond fans, but both films, while not the best, I have found to be reasonably satisfying, and in my opinion, while Moore can't quite match Sean Connery (the first actor to play Ian Fleming's famous character, as I'm sure you know), he was a decent replacement, unlike George Lazenby, who was only in one film in the franchise (1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), in between Connery's last two (1967's "You Only Live Twice" and 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever"). Christopher Lee is also impressive as the main villain in this particular movie. So, while I wouldn't watch "The Man with the Golden Gun" expecting to be blown away, I would say it's worth watching, though some would obviously disagree.


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