The Man with the Golden Gun

1974

Action / Adventure / Thriller

149
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 47%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 83386

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Christopher Lee as Scaramanga
Roger Moore as James Bond
Britt Ekland as Goodnight
Maud Adams as Andrea
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Reviewed by edwagreen 10 / 10

The Man With the Golden Gun ****

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 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.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

Bond Nine

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)

Reviewed by Movie_Muse_Reviews 5 / 10

Uninspired "Bond" has good components but missed opportunities

Growing up I'd always liked "The Man with the Golden Gun" and considered it to be among the more iconic "Bond" films. Being named after its gold-inclined villain, it certainly seemed like it belonged with "Goldfinger" and "Goldeneye," which was the first "Bond" film of my youth – whose corresponding video game featured the Golden Gun, which was very, very desirable in multiplayer shoot- outs. Revisiting the "Bond" films in order, it's clear that Eon Productions "Bond" film No. 9 is a film desperately clinging to a formula that it's grown very tired of.

"The Man with the Golden Gun" marks the third straight "Bond" for director Guy Hamilton and writer Tom Mankiewicz – three films in four years. Original "Bond" screenwriter Richard Maibaum also did work on the film, his seventh of what would be 13 "Bond" scripts. At some point, even the most comfortably tailored tuxedos start to wear down.

Based on Ian Fleming's last published "Bond" novel, "Golden Gun" sends 007 (Roger Moore) after the million-dollar assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), known for his golden gun (and never missing a target). His whereabouts are unknown, but an unusual bullet with Bond's name on it leads him to China, where he meets Scaramanga's mistress (Maud Adams), rendezvous with fellow agents including Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) and eventually ends up in Thailand after getting mixed up in a complicated plot revolving around a device that can harness the power of the sun.

"Golden Gun" has that classic globe-trotting goose chase feel of previous entries. The shooting locations are more stunning than usual and the production design (including a half-sunken ship that serves as a secret MI6 base) is top notch. But what moves Bond from A to B to C lacks a sense of urgency, clarity and purpose. "Diamonds are Forever" struggled similarly to link all the action set-piece pearls with an effective narrative thread.

"Golden Gun" features another boat chase on the Thai Klongs, another car chase with a wedged-in daredevil stunt and a pointless formal martial arts fight scene in an attempt to draw fans of '70s kung-fu movies. None of these are poorly done, but they lack for excitement. And there are not one, but two appearances by J.W. Pepper (Clifton James), an embarrassing blemish on Moore's first two "Bonds."

Learning that "Golden Gun" was made as producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were having a falling out and that it was their final collaboration makes a degree of sense. The exotic locations and sets of "Golden Gun" hold a certain promise, yet there's a fierce clinging to the series hallmarks and formulas, a checking off of boxes, if you will. Ekland and Adams are stunning Bond girls, though Ekland's Goodnight is an utter ditz and the butt of a lot of jokes. Considering she's an MI6 agent, you'd think she'd be more guileful or an equal of Bond's. In one scene she claims she doesn't want to be his next "passing fancy" and the next she's in his bed.

Scaramanga is another missed opportunity. Although the great Christopher Lee makes him more interesting than the typical "Bond" villain, the chance for him to be the dark equal of Bond – who Bond could have been – is out there for the taking and even discussed, but by and large he gets treated like all the other "Bond" villains. He even has an unusual henchman by his side in Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize), a little person clearly in the mold of Oddjob from "Goldfinger" though half as menacing (that's not a size joke).

"The Man with the Golden Gun" has the feel of a "Bond" with a lot of potential squandered in the name of sticking to procedure. It's inoffensive and has a lot of nice pieces, but doesn't make the effort to be a standout entry, something a franchise can ill afford nine films in.

~Steven C

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