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December 29, 2017
Unlike most people, I kind of love TMWTGG. It's fun and has SOME good humor. It has good performances, ESPECIALLY the villain, who's GREAT. There are some problems. Not all jokes land. But this film is still pretty fun.
½ December 27, 2017
Another that tries a cultural and genre mash-up and feels stale and out of place nowadays. This time Martial arts was popular so Hey presto! Schoolgirls in mini skirts doing martial arts!
Clifton James
as Sheriff J.W. Pepper returns for some unnecessary comic relief but is involved in the most memorable stunt in the movie.
Still, an entertaining action movie that will keep fans happy...and things would get worse for Moore!

Gadgets3/5 again, more silly over the top stunts but the golden gun is cool.
Girls 2.5/5 disposable Bond girls this time round
Villain 4/5
Christopher Lee
as Scaramanga and Herve Villechaize
as Nick Nack are the highlights of the movie. The showdown at the end is great but we just needed more of these 2
Bond Theme 4/5 Lulu screams her heart out in this one and delivers a funky 70s theme
½ December 21, 2017
In London, a golden bullet with James Bond's (Roger Moore) code "007" etched into its surface is received by MI6. It is believed that it was sent by the famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who uses a golden gun to intimidate the agent. Because of the perceived threat to the agent's life, M relieves Bond of a mission revolving around the work of the solar energy scientist named Gibson, thought to be in possession of information crucial to solving the energy crisis with solar power. Bond sets out unofficially to locate Scaramanga. After retrieving a spent golden bullet from a belly dancer in Beirut and tracking its manufacturer to Macau, Bond encounters Andrea Anders (Maud Adams), Scaramanga's mistress, collecting the shipment of golden bullets at a casino. Bond follows her to Hong Kong and, in her Peninsula Hotel room, pressures Anders to expose information about Scaramanga, his appearance and his plans; she directs him to the Bottoms Up Club. The club proves to be the location of Scaramanga's next hit, Gibson, from whom Scaramanga's dwarf henchman Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize) steals the "Solex agitator", a key component of a solar power station. Before Bond can assert his innocence in Gibson's death, he is taken away by Lieutenant Hip and transported to meet M and Q in a hidden headquarters in the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth in the harbour. M assigns Bond to retrieve the Solex. Bond then travels to Bangkok to meet Hai Fat, a wealthy Siamese entrepreneur suspected of arranging Gibson's murder. Bond poses as Scaramanga, but his plan backfires because unbeknown to him, Scaramanga himself is operating at Hai Fat's estate. Bond is captured and placed in Fat's martial arts academy, where the students are instructed to kill him. After escaping with the aid of Hip and his nieces, Bond speeds away on a motorized sampan along the river and reunites with his assistant, Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland). Scaramanga subsequently kills Hai Fat and assumes control of his empire, taking the Solex with him...

The Man with the Golden Gun met with mixed reviews upon its release. Derek Malcolm in The Guardian savaged the film, saying that "the script is the limpest of the lot and ... Roger Moore as 007 is the last man on earth to make it sound better than it is." There was some praise from Malcolm, although it was muted, saying that "Christopher Lee ... makes a goodish villain and Britt Ekland a passable Mary Goodnight ... Up to scratch in production values ... the film is otherwise merely a potboiler. Maybe enough's enough." Tom Milne, writing in The Observer, was even more caustic, writing that "This series, which has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for some time, is now through the bottom ... with depressing borrowings from Hong Kong kung fu movies, not to mention even more depressing echoes of the 'Carry On' smut." He summed up the film by saying it was "sadly lacking in wit or imagination." David Robinson, the film critic at The Times, dismissed the film and Moore's performance, saying that Moore was "substituting non-acting for Connery's throwaway", while Britt Ekland was "his beautiful, idiot side-kick ... the least appealing of the Bond heroines." Robinson was equally damning of the changes in the production crew, observing that Ken Adam, an "attraction of the early Bond films," had been "replaced by decorators of competence but little of his flair." The writers "get progressively more naive in their creation of a suburban dream of epicureanism and adventure." Writing for The New York Times, Nora Sayre considered the film to suffer from "poverty of invention and excitement", criticising the writing and Moore's performance and finding Villechaize and Lee as the only positive points for their "sinister vitality that cuts through the narrative dough." The Sunday Mirror critic observed that The Man with the Golden Gun "isn't the best Bond ever" but found it "remarkable that Messrs. Saltzman and Broccoli can still produce such slick and inventive entertainment". Arthur Thirkwell, writing in the Sunday Mirror's sister paper, the Daily Mirror concentrated more on lead actor Roger Moore than the film itself: "What Sean Connery used to achieve with a touch of sardonic sadism, Roger Moore conveys with roguish schoolboy charm and the odd, dry quip." Thirkwell also said that Moore "manages to make even this reduced-voltage Bond a character with plenty of sparkle." Judith Crist of New York Magazine gave a positive review, saying "the scenery's grand, the lines nice and the gadgetry entertaining", also describing the production as a film that "capture[s] the free-wheeling, whooshing non-sense of early Fleming's fairy tale for grown-ups orientation". Jay Cocks, writing in Time, focused on gadgets such as Scaramanga's flying car, as what is wrong with both The Man with the Golden Gun and the more recent films in the Bond series, calling them "Overtricky, uninspired, these exercises show the strain of stretching fantasy well past wit." Cocks also criticised the actors, saying that Moore "lacks all Connery's strengths and has several deep deficiencies", while Lee was "an unusually unimpressive villain".

This was Roger Moore´s second appearance as James Bond and it has a similar look, feel and vibe as "Live And Let Die" did. Even some characters are returning from "Live And Let Die" like Sheriff J.W. Pepper. I have never red the novel, but the film deviates a lot from the novel from what is said, however I do think that there´s an interesting storyline in the film. Francisco Scaramanga is an intriguing villain and his henchman Nick Nack is equally intriguing. As the female counterparts we see two lovely Swedes, Maud Adams and the ever so stunning Britt Ekland, playing two different characters. Adams has the more sharp and suave character while Ekland has the ditzy blonde one. The film has a solid mix of action and humour, but stays within an ok zone as in "Live And Let Die". It´s a slow paced, a bit different and slightly sombre 007 film, but I don´t have an issue with that. I think that "The Man With The Golden Gun" is amongst Roger Moore´s good ones. However, "The Man With The Golden Gun" is one of the lowest grossing Bond films. That fact, combined with behind-the-scenes problems, nearly made this the final Bond film, and delayed production of the next entry in the franchise, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977).

Trivia: This film bears virtually no relation to the book, other than the name of Scaramanga, his third nipple, his golden gun, his occupation as an assassin, and a brief monologue about the shooting of an elephant when he was younger. Even the locale was shifted from Jamaica, as that location had already been used for Dr. No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). Scaramanga was changed from an American hood, into a more urbane methodical assassin, more akin to Bond.
December 21, 2017
Not the best Bond film. It's entertaining but lacks any excitement.
December 18, 2017
One of the better James Bond movies. A fairly unique plot, though it should have been left as a Bond vs Scaramanga plot without the shoehorning of a solar-power-plant-used-to-take-over-the-world subplot.
½ December 8, 2017
the beginning was great but the movie fell at the end.
½ October 21, 2017
Full of series lows, The Man With the Golden Gun disappoints a phenomenal Christopher Lee with a flimsy plot trying to combine a low-key (and intriguing) assassin with the typical world-threatening antics expected of a Bond film. Even the fantastic Herve Villechaize and Maud Adams rounding out the villainous pantheon can't save the film from a series-worst Bond girl, dull action, a confused tone, and profoundly terrible comedy.
September 30, 2017
A villain with a midget side kick... awesome! Not to mention he uses a gold gun... AKA gangsters wet dream. Certainly an entertaining movie.
September 15, 2017
Despite suffering from a lack of gadgets and dialogue that could be better, The Man With the Golden Gun has enough action and humor to entertain. Christopher Lee steals the show as the titular villain, and the final showdown is well-shot and suspenseful.
July 24, 2017
Moore's second turn as the iconic James Bond is rather flounced, it takes what is basically Dr. No and Goldfinger in plot andiconography respectively but it's mostly marred with what we've seen before and aside from the clear Enter the Dragon reference the film is rather drap. Moore is just getting into his comfort zone and the weirdness and quirks are just a little ridiculous.
½ July 8, 2017
Good Time and fun with One of the best villians in Christopher Lee
½ June 26, 2017
Not as good as the previous film. But it still has fun and Christopher Lee is a great villain.

June 23, 2017
James Bond 007 is targeted by the greatest assassin in this movie. Rather dull movie by any standards. I never liked this one. Don't remember anything about it except Tattoo from Fantasy Island.
June 15, 2017
Despite an overkill of innuendo, The Man With The Golden Gun certainly delivers the villain and the fun action sequences and manages to have a fun time doing it.
June 1, 2017
The elegantly straightforward brief that sets 007 up as hunter and hunted is played out well as a cat-and-mouse thriller for the first half. After that is makes a sudden veer into farcical comedy with characters who are annoying or incompetent because it's meant to be funny (sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't), a poorly-handled subversion of classic Bond elements and the complete undermining of any tension that had built up. The remainer of the movie is held together as best it can by the top performances from Moore and Christopher Lee. Moore is given more to do than in his debut and is able to better define his Bond. Like his first mission this is filled with a lot of weird elements and odd decisions, but at least these ones are more memorable and more entertaining. It's certainly never boring and If you can manage to get past the change from what the film seemed to be based on its early promise, and take the rest for what it is, it has a kind of goofy, fun charm that's hard to hate.
May 28, 2017
One of the more eccentric entries (even though it's named after a Fleming book). Christopher Lee made this movie better than a C.
½ May 23, 2017
It is a shame that Golden Gun generally fails as a movie because there are some fantastic elements such as Christopher Lee as Scaramanga, exotic Far-Eastern locations, a diminuitive French henchman, a cool funhouse set, and a particularly impressive car stunt. The script this time has called for some 'toughening up' of Moore's Bond which doesn't entirely work because his touch is light overall. In part, it does restore some gloss to proceedings after the comic-strip storyline of Live And Let Die but despite the aforementioned positive elements, it is a muddled, frustrating film. Entertaining? Yes. Tasteful? Barely, unless you consider the height of sophistication to be found in elephants, peanuts, and Sherrif J W Pepper on vacation! Oh, you do? Well, what can I say? Go nuts...
½ April 2, 2017
An overlooked classic in the James Bond series. Roger Moore walks between a serious and slightly comic take on the iconic British agent. The setting in Asian splendor is a real treat. Christopher Lee is one of the best balance in the series. Altogether very enjoyable movie.
March 20, 2017
Definitely one of my favourite James Bond films, mainly for sentimental reasons. It was the first one I'd seen because it's one of my dad's favourite. Fun to watch, and Christopher Lee plays a great villain.
January 28, 2017
Roger Moore's second adventure as secret agent 007. It's one of the better films of the Moore era, but the real star of Man with Golden Gun is man who wields that very weapon, Christopher Lee proves that an interesting villain can drive a movie forward just as much as a beloved hero.
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