The Man with the Golden Gun

1974

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

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Critic Consensus: A middling Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun suffers from double entendre-laden dialogue, a noteworthy lack of gadgets, and a villain that overshadows 007.

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The Man With the Golden Gun, Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond (Live and Let Die was the first), whisks our hero off to Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and then the South China Sea in search of a solar energy weapon. His opponent is Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who rules the roost on a well-fortified island. Scaramanga's aide-de-camp is Nick Nack, played by future Fantasy Island co-star Herve Villechaize. Britt Ekland plays the bikinied Mary Goodnight, whose clumsy efforts to help Bond thwart Scaramanga are almost as destructive as the elusive solar device. The Man With the Golden Gun was adapted by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz from Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel, which had to be published posthumously in "rough draft" form.

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Critic Reviews for The Man with the Golden Gun

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (6)

Roger Moore is a pastry chef's idea of James Bond; but Christopher Lee as the archetype of the evil antagonist makes this 007 outing just about bearable.

Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…

The best Bonds, like the car that twirls, were sly without quite getting silly. The best Bonds also had Sean Connery, whose absence is sorely felt here.

Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…

The comparatively spare arrays of mechanical devices seem more a cost-cutting factor.

Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
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Roger Moore's interpretation of Bond is blandness personified.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

If you enjoyed the early Bond films as much as I did, you'd better skip this one.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The Man with the Golden Gun certainly isn't worth $1 million, but it's fine for the price of a video rental.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man with the Golden Gun

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"!!

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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"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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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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.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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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.

danny d
danny d

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