The Man with the Golden Gun

1974

The Man with the Golden Gun

Critics 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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Total Count: 45

56%

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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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  • Nov 19, 2015
    Falling far from the touch of Goldfinger, this silly outing finds the wit and derring-do of the Bond series misfiring horribly when our hero goes from sly spy with a license to kill to second fiddle to a hitman with three nipples. It's in the title, mind you. The film could've been titled James Bond Meets Dracula given Christopher Lee reputation as Hammer Studios' number one go-to monster. Truthfully, it nearly reaches the shear camp of that monstrous title too. Oh, the title character still steals the thunder away from Moore though not for the still-new Bond's lack of trying. Between the lack of the go-go gadgets, numerous exciting action sequences, and a worthy henchman (Tattoo from Fantasy Island remains memorable but not in the right way) expected of the series, however, Golden Gun simply amounts to less--not Moore. In this PG-rated spy adventure, James Bond (Moore) gets led to believe that he's been targeted by the world's most expensive assassin (Lee) while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. Granted, the broken bridge car flip over a twisty Bangkok river truly raises pulses but the film simply puts too many other detours in its own path. Hillbilly Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James) troublingly gets elevated from bit part to supporting player, turning a slight annoyance into a standout aggravation. Broad and clichéd, his Louisiana good ole' boy grates on your nerves even though the producers swear that he was popular then. Then, there's the climactic shoot-out, which tries to convince you that the world's greatest assassin invested in a funhouse Hogan's Alley rather than a weapons-grade gun range for shooting practice. He might see Bond as the biggest threat to his gold medal title but The Man with the Golden Gun's true usurper ends up to be a reliance on cheap carnival games, which is a great metaphor for this 007 tale as a whole. Bottom line: Knick Knack Paddy-Whacked
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2015
    After the Connery films sadly took a bit of a tumble in quality towards the end, Roger Moore really picked the franchise back up with a few gems in my opinion, Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun. The latter took a slightly different approach to its villain. We still have the world domination goal in some right here, but Christopher Lee's Scaramanga was a more intelligent and focused villain. It was nice to see an almost mutal respect between Bond and Scaramanga, something that a few of the earlier films were missing. I really enjoyed all the new characters added. Goodnight was a nice counter balance to Bond in the field and proved to add something to the story instead of being just another Bond girl. It's unfortunate that the franchise never keeps the same 'Bond girls' from film to film. Goodnight could have been a nice sidekick for future films. Back to Lee, the film began by giving Scaramanga a 3rd nipple and it seemed to define who he was for the most part of the film, as strange as that is. Thankfully, it wasn't really mentioned at all in the second half. The downfall of the Bond franchise so far has been going too comedic and just becoming a borderline action comedy. That almost became the case again with the cameo-turned-supporting role of J.W. Pepper from Live and Let Die. A few lines here and there were funny, but I didn't see the need to bring that character back at all. Nearly took me out of the film. I think putting gold in the title was a stretch even if it is directly based of one of the books. The plot is pretty close to ripping off Goldfinger from 10 years back. But I think with the entertainment that this film brings from Lee's performance, to the action scenes, to the villain's sidekick, to the addition of Goodnight, and even from Moore's performance, it's easily one of the better Bond films at the point of its release. A lot of the elements from this film are retreaded from previous entries, especially the speedboat chase, but I think watching Moore and Lee go mano y mano for the last 20 minutes makes it all worth while. +Scaramanga was another great villain +Goodnight +Action -Retreads same plot points as other Bond films -No need for J.W. Pepper 7.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Roger Moore makes Bond his own in his 2nd outing after Live And Let Die was pretty terrible it would take something special to win fans back and while it's much much better than his first movie fans may dislike it as it has a different feel to most Bonds, The story is more simple so we get to enjoy the film easier, Christopher Lee plays a good villian but is not used to his full potential, There was some good action scenes but not allot of them, Also some good stunts plus one of the best stunts in the 007 is ruined by adding a stupid whistle sound effect, It's more gripping than most Bonds and the end was ok but nothing new, Moore makes up for his shocking debut with some class.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 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.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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