The Man With the Golden Gun

The Man With the Golden Gun

DVD - 2007
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James Bond takes on Scaramanga, the Man with the Golden Gun, who kills his victims with golden bullets.


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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."

kevfarley May 19, 2014

Somehow I'd missed this one at the theaters. Uses the regular formula, but ... not the best of the Bonds. Glad I saved the money. Good scenery of Thialand though.


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