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Super Reviewer
December 18, 2012
I enjoy this particular entry about on the same level as Moore's previous Bond flick "Live and Let Die", some intriguing elements but the final product comes out to be above average.

Once again Moore is fantastic and having the awesome Christopher Lee as the villain is genius casting. I also liked how this film played around with the idea of having Scaramanga being an evil-version of Bond. It's just a shame that Lee is criminally underutilized and the plot takes a few too many detours (Ex. The really pointless martial arts tournament sequence).

Thankfully, the Roger Moore era of the Bond franchise is about to finally take off in the next entry "The Spy Who Loved Me"!!
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2012
"The Man with the Golden Gun" is far better than what the reviews are saying, even though I agree with most of the issues. It may have silly action sequences and some cheesy side characters that are in the film for no reason, but this Roger Moore addition to the Bond franchise is awesome in every sense of the word. The villain is interesting enough, the story is smart enough, and the performances are as good as to be expected. The story in this film is one of the most enjoyable in the series, but it has some of the cheesiest scenes, so I guess it balances out. This James Bond film may not be one of the best in the series, but it has some fun elements to it.
Super Reviewer
June 21, 2015
Moore's second outing as Bond is more engaging than the first due to a cheeky script, a better villain, and a more interesting plot.
Super Reviewer
December 2, 2007
some great moments, and very entertaining, but the film also suffers from some really silly and nonsensical moments as well. the characters were great, and bonds pursuit of a character that seems designed as the "anti" bond is a great concept, but the escape from the dojo, the reintroduction of sheriff pepper, and the maze room were all a bit too much. a decent bond, but not one of the better entries.
Super Reviewer
April 16, 2007
Roger Moore's second outing as 007 sees him dealing with a plot that connects the then-current energy crisis to the titular character-a hitman whose fee is $1 million a shot...with his sights set on Bond.

This one often gets looked down upon as being a lesser Bond, often one of the lowest, but honestly, it's not THAT bad. Yeah, it's goofy and silly, and the plotting could have been handled somewhat better, but despite all that, this is still a mostly fun and enjoyable romp.

Just as the previous movie Live and Let Die tapped into the popular trend of blaxploitation, this one goes for the kung-fu craze, with a handful of martial arts fights and a predominately Far East setting. I also dug the film's references to The Lady From Shanghai and Cape Fear, though the latter one is really random (and I'm questioning why they did it). It's still kinda cool, though.

The Roger Moore era is known for being heavy on jokes, and this one's no exception. Some of them do work, but unfortunately, there's moments here that not only fail, they stop the movie dead in its tracks. The blame can be given to the return of side character J. W. Pepper from the previous film. He's painfully unfunny, obnoxious, and his racist tendencies really get under my skin. He was kind of a weaker point in his earlier appearance, but I don't recall him being quite this awful. I'm hoping he wasn't, since I love that one, and would hate for it to be so undercut because of him.

Moore is fine here, and getting a bit better. Britt Ekland is nice, but not really useful. Maud Adams fares a bit better, though. What ultimately saves this film, and proves the highlight are Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga (the title character) and Herve Villechaize as his diminutive servant and collaborator Nick Nack.

Bottom line: definitely flawed, but still mildly fun.
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2012
A stunningly crafted and purely enjoyable piece of fun. A wickedly entertaining and riveting action film that packs lots of wit, class and thrills. Roger Moore is cool and terrific as usual, never disappointing in the role of Bond. Christopher Lee is brilliant, he`s a great and cool villain. Bond as usual packs a sensational load of action, stunts, sex appeal and just wild and fun characters.
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2009
The Man with the Golden Gun continues the silly tone of the Roger Moore era started by Live and Let Die, but the main difference is that this one is vastly more entertaining than its predecessor and Roger Moore seems more assured as Bond than before. Even though this is one of the silliest Bond films (more in-jokes and cheesy one-liners), it's lack of gadgets and over the top action sequences is a refreshing change of pace from the last few installments before it. Christopher Lee is a terrific villain (certainly one of the most memorable) and his perfectly straight performance gives the film just enough to not feel like self parody like Live and Let Die. Without him the movie would not be the same. This isn't one of the best entry's in the series, but The Man with the Golden Gun is good entertainment and does just enough right.
Super Reviewer
October 28, 2012
"Man With the Golden Gun" is Moore's second outing as Bond and is the second movie to spend the majority of time in the far east. It also has my favorite Bond villain up to this point besides Blofeld, Scaramanga(Christopher Lee). He's one of the worlds most dangerous assassins(with his golden gun) who has the coolest henchmen ever, Nick Nack(midget Herve Villechaize). They just add so much as charismatic villains, and it's always good when you have an evil Midget trying to kill people with a knife. Hot women, great action, good score, fantastic villains, are the recipe for a good Bond movie.
Super Reviewer
August 8, 2012
09/08/2012 (DVD)
Super Reviewer
May 14, 2007
Decent and eventful enough to keep my eyelids open, but what's with all the bizarre and random occurences? I don't know if it's a common element in the Bond flicks with Moore, but in two out of two that I've seen with him so far, there's so much campiness that its bordeline parodic. I mean, seriously, a villain with three nipples who was raised in a circus? And that's not even mentioning the creepy-looking midget (sorry, maybe I should say "little person", but that's the actual word they use in the film). I couldn't help but think of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, which made me laugh when I wasn't really supposed to. Nice though that the two main Bond girls are both from Sweden. Quite a proud moment for us there. Nevertheless, this is no doubt one of the weakest films in the whole series.
Super Reviewer
July 1, 2007
One of the best Bond films in my eyes. Love the villian, my fave Bond actor and a stunning location. What more could you want from Bond!
Super Reviewer
½ June 28, 2010
I guess almost every Bond actor has had a few duds in them, well Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan to be more precise. This is the first of a few Roger Moore Bond flick that is just average. The man With The Golden Gun seems like a tired out entry in the series, just when Live And Let Die gave Roger Moore a start with a bang in the role of 007; Golden Gun slowed him down. Theres a good story to be found in it's mediocre execution, but with the return of unlikely Bond allies (Sherriff Pepper) this film is not that great. The Man With The Golden Gun also features one of the most irritating Bond girls since Plenty O'toole, Mary Goodnight. If the part would have been less irritating, then Golden Gun would have been a better film. Maybe the reason it doesn't work as well as Live And Let Die is the fact it's somewhat a little too silly despite trying to be a serious action Thriller. Despite this, Scaramanga is one great Bond villain, it's a shame he had to have an average film to battle Bond in. Oh well.
Super Reviewer
November 8, 2009
Guy Hamilton, who is no stranger to directing James Bond films, comes through with another good adventure in The Man with the Golden Gun.After a successful introduction that sets up the villain, Scaramanga, and provides a taste of the conclusion, the story becomes clear that an assassin wants to take out James Bond. So, Bond sets out to find him first. This may sound like a letdown, however this does play out like a typical James Bond film. It has action, Bond investigations, and Bond girls. There is also more to the story than meets the eye.At just over 2 hours, it takes a while before the big action to hit. There is some mediocre martial arts near the halfway point and a notable car chase later on.Roger Moore has no problem with the Bond character and Christopher Lee is a good enough villain. The real stars of the show go to the supporting cast; Herve Villechaize is entertaining as Nick Nack and Soon-Tek Oh is a suitable supporting agent for Bond. The beautiful Britt Ekland and Maud Adams are the Bond girls, Goodnight and Andrea Anders respectively. It's hard to complain when Britt is in a bikini for the final 30 minutes of this picture.In the end, The Man with the Golden Gun is another watchable entry in the Bond lineup. "Miss Anders, I didn't recognize you with your clothes on."
Super Reviewer
April 23, 2008
Roger Moore proves that a person other than Sean Connery can play James Bond more than once. The Man with the Golden Gun (Christopher Lee) is the best assassin in the world commanding one million dollars a hit and he's set his sights on 007. The plot of Scaramanga's (Lee) admiration becomes wrapped with the films MacGuffin, a device that will make solar power cost effective.

The plot is simpler than most Bond films. There really isn't an over the top world domination scene until the last ten minutes and even then it's not a huge scheme at all. The film is mainly wrapped around these two assassins who are the same, yet different. Both seem to show admiration to eachother. Lee plays one of the most suave Bond villains to date. He doesn't really seem a bad bad guy at all. Maud Adams plays Lee's mistress who seems essential to the plot, yet ends up disposable in a role where she doesn't really do much. Britt Eckland plays good night, Bond's contact in China and provides some very poor comic relief as the dumb blonde. One mustn't forget the true villain in this film, the excessivly evil Knick Knack played by Herve Villechaize. He's just a creepy guy throughout the film.

The film is like a scaled down Bond flick with a good story and excellent casting in the form of Christopher Lee as the title character. A real treat.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2008
As Bond films go, maybe this isn't the best of the lot, but, hey, it deserves points for giving us ROGER MOORE in another good turn as James Bond. Moore had already perfected this kind of hero in his "The Saint" roles on TV, whereby he had some quick one-liners as he outwitted various enemies. He's doing the same here as Bond and doing nicely in the action scenes as an additional requirement.

There are the usual car chases (very colorful one through the streets of Bangkok), the usual assortment of dangerous females with BRETT EKLUND being the dominant one, the usual gadgets to be used in a fight to the finish, and the usual spectacular stunts (this time one involving an almost unbelievable leap in a car), and the usual villains standing in the way of order and justice.

I have no complaints about this one. ROGER MOORE was always very acceptable as James Bond and seemed to get better with each film. This was only his second time out as Bond and he did improve later on--but that's no reason to complain, as others have done. Just sit back, relax and enjoy another Bond fantasy/adventure done in stylish ways and with CHRISTOPHER LEE as Scaramanga, the main baddie.
Super Reviewer
½ February 3, 2008
Christopher Lee+that midget from fantasy island+cheesy karate fights+hillarious misoginy = Me happy.
Super Reviewer
March 1, 2008
My personal favorite Roger Moore film, one of the best villains ever. Besides having a golden gun, three nipples, so FRESH.
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2007
This bond film was better than most, sporting Chris Lee as a million dollar hit man. Bond is more awesome than ever as he beats up women to get information, and has sex with someone while he puts some other chick he was about to do in the closet.
Super Reviewer
December 9, 2007
the second featurette of roger moore's long-term career as james bond. undeniably sexism and racism are permeating outrageously in this flick just like the vices of chauvinistic complacency in the typical bond in 70s.

as routine, 007 always has the mostly effective opening sequence in its first 15 mins, flamboyant action stunt then intriguingly rhythmic theme song. it commences with the golden gun thug's death-dueling gimmick which encloses with the villain demonstrates his hostile determination to surpass bond by shooting off the fingers of bond's board model that is utterly testicularly tensed. then you hear lulu sings "the man with the golden gun" alongside with the animated sihouettes of a bunch of butt-squirming voluptuous chics from various regions that is absolutely carnally gaudy just as james bond always is. you cannot help but wanna giggle as the woman shakes her butt like a motor as the rhythms lulu utters as if she declares "i'm a sex machine, ravishing lad"...then you could forebode "the man with the golden man" buttoms up for its reek of chessiness.

the playground of this episode is in south asia, bangok, hong-kong and macao. it shifts from scene to scene on those exotic surroudings which is a great eye-candy of oriental landscapes to feast the viewers, even all the asiatics in it are all stereotyped flat characters based on how occidental people perceive them with their fixed stubborn-ness. such as the greedy mogul who longs for eternal blissful life, the avaricious murderous midget as golden gun thug's assistant, bond's hong-kong sidekick and his karate-proficient counsins who punch mugs in school uniforms at that particular scene roger moore even stays aside lumpishly observing those two girls practicing kong-fu.(was he too bored at being bond? what else he could do anyway.) they are all hilariously laughable.

as for how bond treats his women? how could you expect from the existence of a character named "good night"? how blatantly silly you could dub a name for a brainless chic? bond's womanizing climaxes at the scene goodnight hides in the closet as bond is performing his utmost mission by copulating with his rival's mistress. eventually goodnight is arranged as bond's destinated trophy by sexing with bond as he imperiously hangs up another gratitude phone call by remarking "good night" while he's topping goodnight.

christopher lee has the sinister presence as bond villain, ruthlessly shrewd with a paranoid fetish for gold which reminiscences the early classic villain goldfinger. but the plotline deployments are sorta too cartoonish for him to effuse his evil charm. another strategy of composing asians as ferocious villainy is stale but chimerically comical, such as bond's task to transpass the labyrinthed garden sequence which abounds more than enough oriental eccentricities. i cannot help but bewilder "is orient that bizzarely screwy in the eye of occident?" and also the idiotic showcase of the american red-neck copper is out of bond flick's so called "pride of the britain" which might be deemed as an infuriating insult to some amerian compatriots.

the concept of james bond itself is a ridicule of phallic reveries, and it needn't be taken seriously. despite all those politically un-righteous behaviours, "the man with the golden gun" could be considered a shameless rejoice for its boisterous campiness.
Super Reviewer
½ June 19, 2007
exciting, suspenseful and hilarious mano a mano between the two greatest shooters of the globe...
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