The Man with the Golden Gun

1974 "The world's greatest villains tried to kill James it's Scaramanga's turn to try!"
6.7| 2h5m| PG| en| More Info
Released: 20 December 1974 Released
Producted By: United Artists
Country: United States of America
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Cool government operative James Bond searches for a stolen invention that can turn the sun's heat into a destructive weapon. He soon crosses paths with the menacing Francisco Scaramanga, a hitman so skilled he has a seven-figure working fee. Bond then joins forces with the swimsuit-clad Mary Goodnight, and together they track Scaramanga to a Thai tropical isle hideout where the killer-for-hire lures the slick spy into a deadly maze for a final duel.

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Plantiana Yawn. Poorly Filmed Snooze Fest.
Greenes Please don't spend money on this.
XoWizIama Excellent adaptation.
Paynbob It’s fine. It's literally the definition of a fine movie. You’ve seen it before, you know every beat and outcome before the characters even do. Only question is how much escapism you’re looking for.
SimonJack "The Man with the Golden Gun" is Roger Moore's second film as secret agent 007, James Bond. Much of this story and action takes place in Southeast Asia. Filming locations included Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand. The story is based loosely on the novel by Ian Fleming. It has the usual world-threatening evil that Great Britain's top MI6 agent must defeat. In this case, it's a device that can harness the sun's power. But it will be used for dastardly purposes of world domination. The world control plot is overlaid with another plot. To get the "solex" device, Bond must contend with the world's top assassin, Scaramanga. And he has been hired for one million dollars to kill Bond. He plans to lure Bond into a duel to the death. Naturally, Scaramanga has the golden gun, which uses specially made golden bullets. Besides Christopher Lee in the role of the villain, Britt Ekland, Hervé Villechaize, Clifton James, Maud Adams and others have roles that are part of the action. But the acting across the board doesn't seem that good in this film. Ekland's part, as Mary Goodnight, is minimal at best. She is an MI6 staffer in Asia, but she is mostly wooden in her role. James is the Louisiana Sheriff from the last Bond film, "Live and Let Die," and he and his wife are tourists visiting Hong Kong. When he sees the secret agent who caused so much mayhem back home a few months ago, Sheriff Pepper wants to get in on the action. The humor of the stereotypical Southern sheriff in America works in the U.S., but not so in an Asian setting. Here, he comes off more as an ugly American. This is not one of the more interesting or engaging Bond films. It's a stretch to give it seven stars. But the usual outstanding scenery, location shots, action scenes and film production values save this film from being blah. Here are some favorite lines from the film. For more dialog, see the Quotes section under this IMDb Web page of the movie. James Bond, "I mean, sir, who would pay a million dollars to have me killed." M, "Jealous husbands, outraged chefs, humiliated tailors... the list is endless."James Bond, "He even invited me to dinner. He must have found me quite titillating."James Bond, "What made you change your mind?" Mary Goodnight, "I'm weak."Sheriff J.W. Pepper, "You're that secret agent. The English secret agent from England."James Bond, "The oil sheiks will pay you just to keep the solex off the market." Scaramanga, "The thought had occurred to me."Scaramanga, raising his champagne glass, "To us, Mr. Bond. We are the best." James Bond, "There's a useful four-letter word, and you're full of it. When I kill, it's on the specific orders of my government, and those I kill are themselves killers."James Bond, "I admit, killing you would be a pleasure."Mary Goodnight, "I always wanted to take a slow boat from China."
cinemajesty Movie Review: "007: The Man With The Golden Gun" (1974)The Ninth Bond movie marks a turning point in the "007" movie series. Producers Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996) and Harry Saltzman (1915-1994) about to go separate ways after the accelerated production period of "The Man With The Golden Gun" just 15 months after the "Live and Let Die" release, which builds on newly established "007" actor Roger Moore's convinving interpretation of the proper-shaping character of MI6-Spy James Bond in this beyond "Spectre" organized screenplay by Richard Maibaum (1909-1991) and Tom Mankiewicz (1942-2010), son to Academy-Award-Winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993) and actress Rose Stradner (1913-1958), following the leading character of Francisco Scaramanga, portrayed by actor Christopher Lee (1922-2015), who gives a decisive and demanding Bond Nemesis, which results into an uniquely-received pistol duel between Bond and Scaramanga in a mirror room, "Enter The Dragon"-reminding, interior location.Director Guy Hamilton, concluding his final picture for the "007" series, favors the narrow 1.85:1 aspect ratio over CinemaScope 2.35:1 in use since "Thunderball" (1965). Producers handed out the highest production budget by any James Bond movie to that day of estimated 13 Million U.S. Dollars, shooting on location in Thailand and China, which works for exotic-mood-sharing action sequences ranging from Karate hand-to-hand combat, a standard car chase to an accomplished river-boating pursuit scene.Bond is able to keep his freedom with out abduction in "The Man With The Golden Gun" by meeting Scaramanga on a gentleman-dining level, which leads to further encounters with two women. On the one side actress Maud Adams, the shy introverted beauty Andrea Andres at Scaramanga's side. On the other side also-Swedish actress Britt Ekland, who becomes Bond's witty and light-hearted blonde journalistic girl-friend, who cannot be compared on spy-engaging levels with former female appearance of chemistry-building actress Jane Seymour in "Live And Let Die" (1973).The Bond-girl character of Mary Goodnight becomes in continuity too innocent to enter any action of Scaramanga's showdown-bringing secret cove island, where suspenseful surprises flaten out in the picture's end, which seems to have another lavish up to 125 Minutes editorial, when the December-releasing Ninth Bond movie demanded another accelerated action-thriller as "Goldfinger" (1964) to present itself as a welcome alternative for also-releasing "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola.© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
jordansepticeye This movie is very,mehhhhhh... Those are my thoughts on the film,first,I'll start with the pros.The acting is decent,Moore isn't as good as last time,but he's still pretty good.Christopher Lee and his character,Scaramanga,are great,and a great idea for a Bond villain.The henchmen Nick Nack is fun too.The action is decent,with amazing stuntwork and good choreography.The climax is pretty good and the very ending is very creative.The locations,are,okay,not much excitement,but they include some interesting scenes.I also thought Moore's quips were decent at best.Now,the cons,for one,I thought the Bond Girl,wasn't very good,she wasn't insanely dumb,but she was a bit annoying.I also thought that the interrogation scenes well interesting,didn't fit Moore at all,and felt awkward.Also the character of JW Pepper returned...moving on.Another bad thing is how slow the movie is,I was kind of bored,but I never fell asleep or anything.The biggest and last flaw is how generic and unmemorable.Everything that happens in a Bond movie,happens in this,and is not well done.The Man With The Golden Gun is a boring,uninteresting movie with great villains.
Filipe Neto Directed by Guy Hamilton and with a script by Tom Mankiewicz and Richard Maibaum, this is the ninth film in the 007 franchise and keeps Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli as co-producers for the last time. In this film, the second where Roger Moore embodies 007, the main subject will be the energy crisis and the advent of so- called green energies, issues that were very present at that time, due to the oil crisis and the beginning of ecological concerns in society.In this film, the British agent is threatened by an assassin called Scaramanga, famous for using a pistol and bullets made in gold. Discretely, Bond decides to set off in pursuit of his new enemy, with the permission of M. The clues lead him to Beirut, to the Portuguese colony of Macau and finally to Hong Kong, where Scaramanga kills Gibson under Bond's nose. Gibson was a scientist who invented a way to harness solar energy and alleviate the world's dependency on oil. Bond must now recover the stolen technology and goes to Thailand where, after many adventures, will join forces with his colleague Mary Goodnight, an English spy who is both beautiful as stupid. Finally he meets Scaramanga. The chase takes Bond to the island's villain, which takes the final confrontation, full of surprises.In this film, Roger Moore will continues the formula started in "Live and Let Die": sarcastic and calm in any situation, his Bond is also a natural seducer, kind and gentle, contrasting to the rudest posture of Sean Connery, while not giving any value to women who seduces and which quickly drops when it suits his mission. A curious note: the mechanism created by Scaramanga in his island for the use of solar energy, despite the science fiction touch, is very similar to solar panels we have today but I don't know if this was a "jules- vernian" stylish prediction or if, even then, we could logically predict the course of technology in this field. One of the most famous scenes of this film is the gold-covered woman, in a probable homage to "Goldfinger", an earlier franchise film where this scene first emerged. Another memorable scene is the car chase where Bond, to cross a water channel, makes a dangerous 360° rotation with the car, similar to Evel Knievel shows, a popular icon from these time.In addition to James Bond and Mary Goodnight (Bond-girl played by the Swedish Britt Ekland), the film brings again J. W. Pepper, which was a big hit in the previous film and works here just as comic element. The villain, Scaramanga, was played by the immortal Christopher Lee, whom the seventies ran particularly well thanks to vampire movies. His helper, the francophone dwarf Nick-Nack, was taken by the talented and funny Hervé Villechaize. The also Swedish Maud Adams embodied Andrea the second bond-girl of this movie, the only 007 movie (I think) with two bond-girls interpreted by actresses from the same country.