The Man with the Golden Gun


Review: James Bond goes on the hunt for a stolen invention that can turn the the sun’s heat into a destructive weapon, that is being sold to the highest bidder. Bond is targeted and crosses paths with the world’s most expensive assassin Francisco Scaramanga.
Director: Guy Hamilton
Actors: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Clifton James, Richard Loo, Soon-Tek Oh, Marc Lawrence, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Marne Maitland, Desmond Llewelyn, James Cossins and Yao Lin Chen
Year: 1974
Genre: Action, Adventure and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
The novel named “The Man with the Golden Gun” was the thirteenth and final complete James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. I have to say that this is not the best of the Bond films. I don’t know whether it was the whole plot and storyline of the film but felt as a film it never really took off. Watching it now (2020) it seems very old-fashioned and dated. Christopher Lee makes a fine villain and does his best with what he has got. He has actually named Francisco Scaramanga as one of his favourite roles. The duel that Bond and Scaramanga has was inspired by the movie Shane (1953). To promote this movie Sir Christopher Lee was travelling to Los Angeles for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). On his way he had his golden gun confiscated by U.S. Customs. Both Sir Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland appeared in The Wicker Man (1973). Sir Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell are former classmates. This is one of the lowest grossing Bond movies. Apparently there were behind-the-scenes problems, which nearly made this the final Bond movie, and delayed the production of the next entry in the franchise, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). 


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