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Plot: 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? Runtime: 125 mins Release Date: 19 Dec 1974
Roger Moore was again in top form in this 1974 film.Believed to be targeted by a world known assassin who hasn't been seen, it becomes Moore's responsibility to get to him first.It is only when we're into the film that it becomes known that Moore wasn't the original tart of Christopher Lee, but then he sees quite a diabolical plot that Lee has in store for mankind.Britt Ekland gives new meaning to the dumb blonde who supposedly assists 007 in his exploits. Maud Adams, the mistress of Lee, finally admits that she was the one who drew Moore into the scheme so that by killing <more>
Lee, she could be free of him.That southern gentleman brings comic relief to the film in a chase scene. The chase along Hong Kong's water routes was also quite memorable.The "adorable" Herve Villechaize, a cohort of Lee, is evil and up to plenty of tricks.Note old-timer Mark Lawrence in the beginning sequence in his losing gun battle with Lee. The former often played in gangster films of the 1930s and 1940s.
I personally think this is one of the best Moore Bonds. It was my first James Bond movie perhaps one of my first movies! . Christopher Lee is excellent as Francisco Scaramanga, and the absolutely gorgeous Maud Adams makes just as good a job as his mistress. The weak point is Britt Ekland, who can barely control her backside in this! Roger Moore is a lot of fun as usual, lovely scenery and... cars. I think the reason it is not like the other Bonds is because it relies just a little more on the characters than the regular Bonds- which is fine by me, this story line couldn't really be <more>
action driven or no one would have a clue of what was going on! If only it were possible to give something 11/ 10!!
"Golden Gun" Undeservedly gets a bad rap (by asdodge)
While some can never get over Sean Connery not being Bond, and while 'Live and Let Die" may be more fun, "The Man With the Golden Gun" may be one the of the best made of all Bond Films.No, this movie did not have many of the tell-tale eye-candy and explosive action of other Bond films, it had a thorough story, instead. it also lacked the megalomaniacal world-conquering super-villain, replacing such tomes for a true and realistic espionage story. We often forget that Bond is a "spy," not a superhero. Some get so caught up in the formulaic Bonds the last couple of <more>
Connery's, the majority of Moore's and Brosnan's , that good spy adventure movies get lost or ignored.In this movie, Bond must track down a hard-to-find killer who has apparently marked Bond for death. In the midst, a new energy technology the "Solex" has been stolen and is being put up for auction to world powers who may exploit it for weapon technology. These two plots intersect in the person of Francisco Scaramanga, the "man with the golden gun," a hot-shot assassin who is the perfect foil to Bond's personality. Scaramanga is played aptly by Christipher Lee and has all the genteel education and affectations as Bond, but with a 180-degree moral view.The movie is quieter and much subtler that the explosive "Live and Let Die" which preceded it and the return to the more-formulaic cheesy-super-villain Bond films which followed "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker." The lone weakness of this film is the one formulaic character of the clumsy and scattered-brained female agent. Ms. Goodnight Bond's secretary in the novels , who is obviously in the film for eye-candy and sex. The movie is often listed as a "bomb at the box-office" which is not true, it made several times its cost, but did not do as well as "Live and Let Die" which was a fun movie and did well- probably from the action and the curiosity of audiences to see the new Bond , and later Bond epics. But remember, this came out in 1974 when the world was in the midst of a economic crunch and most movies did not do well in theaters in 1974. The three years taken between this movie and the next "Spy Who Loved Me" saw a major change in America and led to the Bond movies' financial successes again, even with poor scripts and lame stories "Moonraker" "View to a Kill" .In my opinion, "Golden Gun" is the smoothest of the Moore era and ranks up there with "From Russia With Love," "Goldeneye," and "Casino Royale 06 " as the best-made Bond stories. It may not have all the expected formulaic parts of the more popular films, but the plot is stronger, more realistic, and the storyline much less chaotic than most other Bond films. This is Bond being what the Bond of the novels was- a spy and hit-man. If you are after good stories and not easily distracted by the usual allotment of Bond bimbos and unbelievable super-villains, this is a must see.
The Man with the Golden Gun is arguably one of the better movies or more intelligent of the series. I think it is only the second time in the series Bond is not up against a megalomaniac who wants to bring the world to its knees in some sort of way. It was interesting and invigorating with Dr. No and Goldfinger, but then the series got lacklustering. This is definitely one of Roger Moore`s best outings. I`m like the some of the Fleming novels that are based on Bond or not. So, personally I think most of the movies in the Bond series suck seriously. Unlike, all Connery`s movies after <more>
Goldfinger, all Brosnan, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker; I actually think this one of my favorite Bond movies. Christopher Lee has to be rank in the series as one of the best villians. His characther is definetly in same class of Dr. No, Goldfinger, Largo, and Sanchez. This is also another Bond movie like On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, and Licence to Kill Which were three other great installments in two the series that doesn`t worry about gagdets and actually put more in to the storyline and character development. Roger Moore has almost resemblance to Fleming`s character neither does Connery. Stil, I don`t see good reason why people hate his Bond interpretation so much same with Dalton and Lazenby In my opinion are probably two the best James Bonds .
Christopher Lee as Scaramanga my personal fave Bond villain (by Aaron1375)
Yes, of all the Bond villains in the over twenty films, Christopher Lee is by far my favorite. This is probably due to the fact I enjoy seeing Lee in general. He also does one of his best acting jobs here, it just seems he is utterly thrilled to be in this film and that he is happy to not being Dracula again. Of course, despite the fact that Lee is my favorite Bond villain and Roger Moore does great as Bond here and most of the cast do a wonderful job it still does not rank as one of my favorite Bond films. This is mainly due to the fact I just think they could have crafted a better story <more>
around the assassin whose skill set matches Bond and they could have and should have omitted a return character from the previous Roger Moore film. Of course, this film also boasts the return of Q as he was absent from Live and Let Die. So all in all a good Bond film, but had they done some different things with the story it could have been one of the best.The story has Bond being sent a bullet made of gold. This bullet may be a warning that he is the next target of Scaramanga, the man with the golden gun. He is a feared assassin and with Bond being in his sights M has no choice but to take Bond off his assignment; however, he hints that Bond should go out and find the assassin first thus improving his odds for survival greatly. Bond soon finds himself in Hong Kong where he soon learns that he is not Scaramanga's target and that a solar energy device is at the center of everything.This film has some good action in it and some great scenes, but as I said, they could have crafted a better story around the man with the golden gun. They also did not need to have a return performance from J. W. Pepper. Sure his character made perfect sense in the previous film, as it was set in Louisiana, but this time we're in Hong Kong...I seriously doubt a redneck sheriff is going to want to vacation in Hong Kong. Also, it makes little sense that Bond goes, "Oh no" when he sees the sheriff as he had virtually no interaction with Bond in Live and Let Die. Pepper ruins what should have been an awesome car chase scene with his lame humor and he just drags the film down.Overall, I enjoyed this film. Seeing Lee's Scaramanga and Moore's Bond interact is the best parts of this film as Lee seems more than happy to be a Bond villain. The Bond girls are attractive and Herve's henchman Nick Nack is also a nice character. Just a shame they had so many good characters, but they just could not make the story considerably stronger. The film does feature some nice action sequences, but a couple of times they are undercut by everyone's favorite sheriff. Still, it was a nice second film for Roger Moore as Bond as by now he seems like a veteran of several Bond films.
Scaramanga: "You see, Mr. Bond, like every great artist, I want to create an indisputable masterpiece once in my lifetime; the death of 007". The story is about a a scientist working on a solar cell winds up dead, Bond investigates the murder and finds it leading to $1 million hit- man Scaramanga. But Bond also makes himself a target for the deadly assassin who holds a healthy respect for Bond, but doesn't mean he won't take down the spy. In my opinion The Man with the Golden Gun is a solid Bond film with great action and a good theme song. But the biggest thing that held <more>
this movie down for me was the main character himself James Bond. At the start of the movie he was a big jerk, like he tried to break a girl arm to try to get answers out of but she didn't know nothing, But as the film went on he wasn't such a jerk like the beginning of the film. I got to admit I actually liked Roger Moore as James Bond in this film, he felt like Bond towards their end of the film. The villain in this movie was so good and so interesting, and Christopher Lee played him so well. The visual effect's in this movie was well done and for a movie that was released in 1974, it had some pretty nice effect's, better than today's effect's. Overall The Man with the Golden Gun was a solid Bond flick with a great villain and a good theme song.
The Man with the Golden Gun (by wrestlingsitewebmaster)
The weakest of Bond films to date partly because the relationship between producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli started to crumble for reasons unknown, but heck it was enjoyable! But one of the major flaws in the film is that all of the characters are ill tempered, and most of them are dosey eg Sheriff Pepper and Hip.Christopher Lee who played Francisco Scaramanga was superb and Roger Moore was superb as well. This was the last film that Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman made together because of personal problems between them, but that would understand why the film seemed rushed. M in <more>
this film who was played by the fantastic Bernard Hill was so bad tempered for no apparent reason he told Q to shut up twice but did have one of the best lines ever in a Bond film:M - "It's even got your number on it" Hands 007 a golden bullet with 007 on it} 007 - "I mean who would want me dead?" M - "Jealous husbands, Outraged chefs, Humilated tailors the list is endless!"Hip on the other hand is not a very good character. When he 'arrests' Bond he forgets to tell him that he is on his side the stupid twit and even then he really doesn't do much.This was still enjoyable and this ranks up with other Bond film like Goldfinger and The Spy Who Loved Me, as one of the best Bond films ever because it has memorable characters eg Nick Nack RIP , Scaramanga and Sheriff Pepper.Overall Grade - B-