The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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James Bond 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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21 September 2006 | divineangel
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| Underrated Moore Bond
Altho there's a lot of hate for this second Moore 007, I never understood it. For a change, most of the witty dialogue works well. I think it's one of Moore's best Bond performances.

So let's break it down: The Good: - Roger Moore is witty and action ready. His fight scene in the belly dancer's room is pretty good. Tough and violent. Don't know about that cigar, but it adds a little extra somethin'.

  • Herve Villechieze as Knick Knack. Not threatening, but a fun memorable sidekick with lots of playful malevolence. I love it when he shushes Bond.


  • Christopher Lee. Nuff said, tho they didn't build up this character to the level they could have. Where are those deleted scenes between him and Moore (from the trailer and photos)that obviously exist?


  • John Barry. Yes, Lulu's song is ridiculous. Still, I love the brassy music and this is one of Barry's most memorable catchy Bond scores. Especially during the karate scenes and the jazzy swing of Scaramenga's fun parlor.


  • Kung fu. The Bond films always lucked out when it came to latching onto the culture of the day. 1974 was the height of kung fu exploitation and Bond was there. Still have BLACK BELT magazine featuring this on the cover...


The Bad: - Miss Goodnight. Giving Bond a ditzy helper...well, bad night.

  • Lack of compelling plot. The energy cell and Scaramanga are too loosely tied together and the film shouldn't have tried to pull a Blofeld at the end.


  • Production design. Ken Adams is sorely missing here. And what's with that ONE GUARD in the massive solar laser set? Missed opportunity there.


The Ugly: - JW Pepper.

  • Slide whistle.

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Trivia

Producer Harry Saltzman wanted an elephant stampede in the movie, so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Saltzman went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, producer Albert R. Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready. Saltzman had ordered about 2,600 pairs of them. The sequence was not in the movie, but the man who made the shoe had not been paid. As of 1990, Eon Productions still owed him.


Quotes

Francisco Scaramanga: Nick Nack! Tabasco!
Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.


Goofs

Scaramanga's island is supposedly in Chinese waters but the map Bond consults shows only islands with (fictitious) Thai names.


Crazy Credits

THE END of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond will return in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME


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.


Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by
Monty Norman

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

20 December 1974

Language

English, Thai, Cantonese


Country of Origin

UK

Filming Locations

Andaman Sea, Thailand

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,972,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,972,000

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