The Man With the Golden Gun

The Man With the Golden Gun

DVD - 2006
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British Agent 007 and faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with assassin Francisco Scaramanga. Features a car chase through Bangkok and Bond's confrontation with an entire martial arts school.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 05, 2017

This was the late Roger Moore's second outing as Bond and the ninth in the franchise. As the series entered its second decade, they struggled to transition from Connery to Moore (with a brief Lazenby stop) and to keep Bond fresh and up to date. The series became a bit more gimmick-y, cheesy, and comic. "Live and Let Die" had a weak blaxploitation vibe, "Golden Gun" a lackluster kung-fu detour, and they ended the 70s with the dismal Bond goes to space outing "Moonraker." Here's what "Golden Gun" has going for it: Christopher Lee as a hitman with a superfluous nipple, some lovely Southeast Asian settings (Hong Kong, Macau), and, well, not much else. Swedes Britt Ekland and Maud Adams are the Bond girls and neither has much to do but look pretty and be helpless. Tattoo from "Fantasy Island" is Lee's sidekick and the ridiculous redneck sheriff from "Live and Let Die" is pointlessly brought back (R.I.P. Clifton James.) Of course, if you're a Bond fan, you'll enjoy it, but it feels lazy. I can't even remember you did the theme song. Parting fun facts: Lee and Ekland were also in the cult film "The Wicker Man," Maud Adams appeared in another Bond movie, "Octopussy," and Lee was a friend and relative of Bond creator Ian Fleming. Followed by "The Spy Who Loved Me."

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Cannes
Jan 04, 2017

Love the Roger Moore Bond flicks but couldn't watch this all the way through. I have seen it many times but it's so stupid it's hard to suspend disbelief now. There are great aspects but the sophistication and hard edge are missing.

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akirakato
Jan 18, 2014

This is the 9th installment of the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as James Bond.
Released in 1974, it was loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel of same name.
Bond is sent to destroy the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun,
while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga---the "Man with the Golden Gun."
The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz.
Apparently both men were mixed up in confusion with Thailand and Japan because two Japanese sumo wrestlers appear without any reasonable reason.
Bond tries to win the fight with one of the wrestlers to twist his "sumo thong" so that his squeezed balls could give him an unbearable pain.
If you can reasonably appreciate the art of sumo wrestling, you certainly know that it is impossible to squeeze his balls by twisting his "sumo thong."
Compared to the Bruce Lee movies, fighting men in the film are third-rated---if not fifth-rated.
So the kung-fu fighting scenes are not so exciting.
No wonder it is the fourth-lowest-grossing Bond film in the series.
However, one of the amazing and exciting scenes is a car chase, in which Bond sees Scaramanga driving away and steals a showroom car to give chase.
Coincidentally seated next is Sheriff J.W. Pepper, who apperaed in "Live and Let Die" as a parish sheriff in Louisiana and who basically plays
as a comic relief, especially and memorably for his somewhat bigoted attitudes and his tendency to speak loudly about whatever is on his mind.
Bond and Pepper follow Scaramanga in a car chase across Bangkok, which concludes when Scaramanga's car transforms into a plane, which flies him,
Nick Nack (Scaramanga's sidekick) and Mary Goodnight (Bond's British assistant) to his private island.
The film as a whole seems somewhat like a comedy rather than a serious blood-chilling spy movie.

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briar6
Aug 15, 2013

have not seen it yet

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AtomicFez
Aug 21, 2011

Well, it's alright... it's certainly got all the right things in it, so it *should* work...

Yet it doesn't quite.

I blame the film editing and the script editing. There's just a bit too much of everything thrown in together here and not enough binding material. Imagine going to Dairy Queen, ordering a Blizzard™ that has five different things in it, but only about 20% of the ice cream you normally have. The result is much like this: all of the cool stuff but not enough reason for it being there.

We've got girls (two), we've got evil people (two major, several minor), briefings with M (oddly two of them), Q (but no gadgets for Bond, only for Scaramanga, which is *very* weird), nifty locations (four at least), a car chase (including insane corkscrew thing which was done for the simple reason they could), a boat race, Sheriff Pepper shows up again (because they could), and there's a gigantic laboratory with solar-powered gun (which doesn't get used except for one demonstration and doesn't have a visible light beam for some reason).

The reason for all this, initially, is that 007 has a death threat issued against him by Scaramanga. Then, later, M tells Bond to find this death threat guy because he's killed a Solar Power Research Engineer, so the world is in peril of that technology being... well, sold to the highest bidder by Scaramanga. As opposed to... erm... sold to the highest bidder by a government, probably. So... not much danger, really. It's a bit of a McGuffin really: the man is bad and he's done something wrong!

Then suddenly Bond has to go it alone without telling M what he's doing in order to keep things from the Chinese, so we're back where we started, and that way we get to see the big fight at the end. ...cause otherwise we wouldn't have a movie.

Christopher Lee is so very good with what he's given to do, which is a shame as *everyone* gets so little to do in this. The chase scenes and locations get the glory, really.

I could take at least 20 minutes out of this merely my tightening up the editing, and the result would be more action packed and probably more interesting to watch. We're given far too much opportunity to think about things before they happen, establishing shots are held too long, there's too frequent use of switching back and forth between characters as they look for each other, too many alternate angles are explored without benefit of suspense; even the appearance of the character Chu Mi seems to be there simply because it fits a pre-determined pattern.

Bleah. Still, it could have been worse; not much, but some.

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