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The Man with the Golden Gun [1974]

Director:Guy Hamilton
Writer:Richard Maibaum
Tom Mankiewicz
Composer:John Barry
Length:125 minutes
(2 hours 5 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:47%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him.

Reaction: Classic bond and the villain's demise isn't nearly as silly as last time.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Guy Hamilton => Director
Richard Maibaum => Writer
Tom Mankiewicz => Writer
John Barry => Composer
Ian Fleming => Novel
Bernard Lee => 'M'
Britt Ekland => Goodnight
Carmen Du Sautoy => Saida (as Carmen Sautoy)
Christopher Lee => Scaramanga
Clifton James => J. W. Pepper
Desmond Llewelyn => 'Q'
Francoise Therry => Chew Mee (uncredited)
Gerald James => Frazier
Gordon Everett => Gibson (uncredited)
Hervé Villechaize => Nick Nack (as Herve Villechaize)
James Cossins => Colthorpe
Lois Maxwell => Moneypenny
Marc Lawrence => Rodney
Marne Maitland => Lazar
Maud Adams => Andrea
Michael Goodliffe => Chief of Staff Bill Tanner (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl => various (voice) (uncredited) / Chew Mee
Ray Marioni => Al Capone (uncredited)
Richard Loo => Hai Fat
Roger Moore => James Bond
Sonny Caldinez => Kra (uncredited)
Soon-Tek Oh => Hip (as Soon-Taik Oh)
Yao Lin Chen => Chula (as Chan Yiu Lam)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • As a joke on Desmond Llewelyn, Roger Moore wrote fake dialogue for Q, and then gave it to the script girl to give to Llewelyn after he had spent a whole month learning his lines and was about to come on set.
  • First [James Bond] movie to be shown at the Kremlin. According to Roger Moore in his audio commentary, apparently when the movie had finished, one Russian official turned around and said "We didn't train him [Scaramanga] very well". The Scaramanga character in the James Bond universe was recruited by and acted as a hit-man for the KGB.
  • Hervé Villechaize lamented to Roger Moore that whenever he stayed at a hotel, he could never get a room above the first floor. When Moore asked him why, he said it was because he couldn't reach the buttons in the lift.
  • This solar energy crisis themed [James Bond] movie would be the last environmentally themed [Bond] film until Quantum of Solace.
  • Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell, who plays Miss Moneypenny, are former classmates.
  • Travelling to Los Angeles for the Johnny Carson show to promote the film, Christopher Lee had his golden gun confiscated by US customs.
  • In his autobiography, Roger Moore said that when they were filming the boat chase on the klongs, he fell in twice. The first was on purpose (because they told him not to do it), and the second time was by accident. On the second fall, Moore made the mistake of opening his eyes under water, and saw what the local undertakers did with the bodies of the less fortunate.
  • The title role was originally offered to Jack Palance, before it eventually went to Christopher Lee, the cousin of Ian Fleming who was known as the Man with the Golden Pen. (Fleming had previously offered Lee the title role in Dr. No, the first [James Bond] movie.)
  • {The Man With The Golden Gun} was the thirteenth and final complete [James Bond] novel written by Ian Fleming. It was the first and only one of his full [James Bond] novels to be published posthumously. It's still debated as to whether he had finished it before passing or if someone else came in and finished it for him.