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4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most undervalued Bond of them all
The Man With the Golden Gun was producer Harry Saltzman's last hurrah before selling out his share in the Bond series to United Artists to ensure the maximum inconvenience to his detested partner Cubby Broccoli. It's certainly not premium Bond: at times it threatens to turn into an episode of The Avengers, what with Scaramanga's funhouse, his midget servant Nick Nack, its...
Published on 19 Feb 2007 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Franchise's Weakest Bond Film's
Dvd Info.
Region 2.
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16.9/1.85:1
Running time 120 minutes approx.
Restored Frame By Frame Ultimate Edition.

Trivia.
1)Alice Cooper submitted a song titled The Man With The Golden Gun but the producers went with Lulu's version instead.
2)Final Bond film co-produced by Harry Saltzman.
3)Christopher Lee is a cousin of...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most undervalued Bond of them all, 19 Feb 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Man With the Golden Gun was producer Harry Saltzman's last hurrah before selling out his share in the Bond series to United Artists to ensure the maximum inconvenience to his detested partner Cubby Broccoli. It's certainly not premium Bond: at times it threatens to turn into an episode of The Avengers, what with Scaramanga's funhouse, his midget servant Nick Nack, its human statues or the off-kilter angles of MI6's Hong Kong HQ located in the rusting wreck of the Queen Elizabeth, not to mention Roger Moore's more Steed-like Bond. Although there are hints of the lows to come in Moore's tenure - Bond being saved by a pair of schoolgirls or defeating a villain by pretending to be a tailor's dummy - this is still recognisable an old-school Bond film, with thankfully few gadgets, although it's disappointing that the producers provide Scaramanga with an island lair and super-weapon to give Bond something to blow up at the end (a rather half-hearted effort to be sure: instead of a private army, Scaramanga simply has Herve Villachaize and a maintenance man). Britt Ekland's irritating `typical silly woman' comic relief was a bit hard to take in 1974 and gets worse with each passing year, but Christopher Lee's Scaramanga is one of the more interesting Bond villains, not least because of his imagined empathy with his prey - he regards himself as Bond's moral and professional equal, the kind of pathological snobbery Fleming's books were full of but the films increasingly abandoned.

Unlike many of the 2-disc `Ultimate Editions,' this is a fairly substantial upgrade, carrying over all of the original features and adding plenty more - a new commentary by Roger Moore (which reveals Moore's friendship with George Lazenby and admiration for OHMSS and the reason his first scene had to be somewhat obviously dubbed later - a noisy bout of stomach ache!), behind the scenes footage, interview with director Guy Hamilton and an amusingly cheesy extract from a British TV interview with Moore and Villachaize. The only disappointment is that the deleted Molotov Cocktail sequence from Bond and Scaramanga's duel that featured heavily in the teaser trailers has not been located and included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Franchise's Weakest Bond Film's, 5 May 2014
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Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ration
16.9/1.85:1
Running time 120 minutes approx.
Restored Frame By Frame Ultimate Edition.

Trivia.
1)Alice Cooper submitted a song titled The Man With The Golden Gun but the producers went with Lulu's version instead.
2)Final Bond film co-produced by Harry Saltzman.
3)Christopher Lee is a cousin of Ian Fleming.
4)Maud Adams has appeared in 3 Bond films the other two movies are Octopussy & a cameo in A View To A Kill.
5)Director Guy Hamilton's final Bond film.
6)Bond only kills one person in this film Scaramanga.
7)Roger Moore disliked Guy Hamilton's approach of his Bond being toughened up & objected to scenes when he hits & then attempts to break Miss Ander's arm & pushing the boy in the river.
8)Herve Villechazie is better known as Tattoo in 70's-80's tv series Fantasy Island, Sadly Villechazie committed suicide in 1992 aged 50.
9)Harry Saltzman had to sell his 50% share to United Artists due to his difficult financial situations.
10)Travelling to Los Angeles to promote the film US customs seized Lee's Golden Gun thinking it a real pistol.
11)On a budget of $13 million the film grossed $21 million in the US & $97 million worldwide making it one of the lowest box office Bond movies.
12)This was rumoured to be James Bonds final film due to it's poor box office & with the added break up of the Harry Saltzman & Albert R.Broccoli partnership the franchise was deemed finished.
13)James Bond again doesn't feature in the pre title sequence only his mannequin.

Synopsis.
When a bulliet turns up at MI6 headquarters engraved 007 from the worlds most deadly assassin named Scaramanga whom uses a one shot Golden gun on his victim's, M orders Bond to take a leave of absence knowing Bond will attempt to hunt down Scaramanga.

Along the way Bond must evade capture, Fight Sumo wrestlers & dangerous martial artist's before finally going up against Scaramanga as 007 will need all his wits about him if he's to kill Scaramanga & survive his deadly fun house of fear.

Timelord Thoughts.
This 9th Bond movie was plagued with production problems resulting in a very uneven film.

Roger Moore is excellent as Bond who has a steely edge more in vein of Sean Connery characterization here, The final confrontation between Bond & Scaramanga is a tense well shot climax & is the highlight of the movie.

Sadly the rest of the film doesn't match up, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight is slightly annoying & again is given little to do except get locked in a closet & captured by Scaramanga.

The action sequences seem lacklustre somehow & dont have the usual excitement to them & Clifton James returning as the annoying Sheriff J.W Pepper is an awful mistake.

Maud Adams fares slightly better as Andrea Anders, Scaramangas lover who wants Bond to kill him so she can be free of his clutches, I've met Maud Adams at a 007 convention several year's ago & she was lovely & kindly signed my Man With The Golden Gun film cell.

One saving grace this film has is a magnificent performance by Christopher Lee who is excellent as main Bond Villian Scaramanga, Lee delivers a icy coolness to the character & with just a facial look Lee let's the audience know this villain is a very dangerous threat to 007.

Finally Herve Villichazie as Nick Nack is a great sidekick Villian, Charming yet menacing Villichazie delivers a superb performance & his appearances are one of enjoyment.

Overall this could've been so much better but thankfully a good performance by Roger Moore & Christopher Lee just about make this a above average Bond but changes were on the horizon & Bond's next mission would either make or break the franchise.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars bond is better in blu ray, 19 Mar 2014
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Everyone knows the movie. So I will rate the blu ray .Picture is fantastic and very good sound. If you are upgrading all your bonds like me then this is a very good buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated Bond film ever?, 27 Oct 2013
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I'll start by making one thing clear: this definitely still isn't the best Bond film, but after all the negative things I've read about it from critics and Bond fans alike, I was quite surprised at how great I thought it was when I finally watched it.

The first thing about this film that sets it apart from most of the others, or to begin with at least, is how unconventional the plot is for a Bond film; after the usual pre-credits sequence, the story begins with 007 being called into M's office with a warning that he has been targeted by the notorious assassin, the titular 'Man with the Golden Gun', aka Francisco Scaramanga. Realising that the only thing that can give him the advantage over such a renowned killer is to "find him first", Bond sets out to track down the assassin before said assassin can get the drop on him.

Many of the scenarios in this film are some of the most hilariously over-the-top of the lot, such as a fight scene in a karate school and a car chase culminating in the villain's vehicle donning wings and flying off into the horizon, but this is one of few Bond films where the story actually had me gripped. This is largely due to Christopher Lee's performance as Scaramanga, who comes across as a sort of 'anti-Bond' in his blend between sophistication and outright ruthlessness, making him a genuinely chilling antagonist.

The only real negative is the film's 'Bond girl', Mary Goodnight. Though she doesn't really show up until a fair way through the film, once she eventually does she quickly establishes herself as one of the worst Bond girls of the lot. While she came across as an attempt by the producers to create a more 'sympathetic' female lead who the audience actually felt for, she ended up being more of an annoyance than anything else, as well as being pretty much the perfect archetype for a "hopeless female sidekick".
Another much-complained-about sequence in the film is the infamous corkscrew stunt, which many fans claim was ruined by the unnecessarily slapstick sound effects, but I wasn't too bothered - the stunt would have been better without the effects for sure, but it's nowhere near as bad as everybody seems to make out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man With the Golden Gun, 2006 double disc Ultimate Edition - Bond finally has an adversary worthy of him, 27 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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For superspy James Bond's ninth big screen outing we were given quite a treat. In Christopher Lee, who plays the titular villain, the producers finally gave Bond an adversary worthy of him. There are two aspects that come together to make Scaramanger the greatest Bond villain. Firstly, it is a well written part, and allows us to get to know the man and what makes him tick, giving him a depth not usually seen. Secondly, there is the excellent performance from Christopher Lee. Lee has showed time and time again with his horror films that he is capable of wringing a decent performance from the most unworthy of material, but when he is given something meaty to work with, as here, he really rises to the challenge and excels.

In this outing, Roger Moore's eyebrow is warned that renowned hitman Scaramager might beout to get him, and sets off to get the man with the golden gun first. He soon gets tangled up in a plot involving a device which can convert the sun's energy to electricity with incredible efficiency, and which will end the world's dependence on oil. The plot resonated back then due to the energy crisis, and still does today with our environmental problems.

Scaramanger regards Bond's involvement as a game, a meeting of two sportsmen, a challenge to be overcome. It is interesting to see Bond in comparison, ruthlessly determined to get the mission completed with no room for sportsmanlike games. The face off between the two men over dinner, where Scaramanger tries to make out that he and Bond are just two sides of the same coin is as good as it gets.

Packed full of stunts (including the most difficult car/bridge jump ever filmed) and some great doses of humour to leaven the unusually good plot and serious character development, it's a thoroughly entertaining film. Added into which is the usual excellent score from John Barry, including the innuendo laden title song delivered by Lulu. This is the height of the Roger Moore years as Bond.

This ultimate edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb. The sound has been similarly treated and there is an option to listen to it in 5.1 DTS surround, which is truly exceptional.

As well as the superb presentation of the film, there is also a host of extras, original trailers, informative audio commentaries and the such. These are exhaustive and some of them quite interesting. But these really a garnish for the main course, which is the film itself.

This is an excellent release, and does the film justice. This series of `Ultimate editions' really sets the standard for film releases. It really does not get any better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moore's second Bond outing, 15 Aug 2014
Roger Moore's first outing as James Bond in Live and Let Die remains one of his best and is also one of the more underrated films of the franchise. However, his second outing in The Man With the Golden Gun remains one of the weakest of the entire franchise with too much comedy, some weak side villains and a couple of annoying side characters. Brit Ecklund is a decent Bond girl and Christopher Lee does a good job as the villain, but in the end the film fails to live up to most of the previous films.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity, 31 Jan 2014
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I used to love 'The Man With The Golden Gun' when I was younger. I loved the fact that Tattoo from 'Fantasy Island' was in it and that it was full of humour. As I got older and more critical of films, it's one of the Bond films that I consider to be inferior.
'Live and Let Die' had been a very solid debut for Moore's Bond and it looked like the producers had finally managed to replace Sean Connery with an actor who could put his own mark on the role, but this film is a bit of a step back when it shouldn't have been. The idea of James Bond playing a game of cat and mouse all over south East Asia with the world's most deadly assassin should make for an excellent movie, and for the first 30-40 minutes, it is.
Bond begins his quest to seek out Christopher Lee's Scaramanga by heading to Beirut for a brief romantic liaison with a belly dancer and a punch up with some heavies, before landing in Hong Kong and threatening an arms manufacturer with a rifle designed for a three-fingered 'hoodlum'. He then stalks Maud Adams tragic Miss Anders and gives her a good hiding in her hotel room. Moore actually plays it with some uncharacteristic menace here which is refreshing, and shows a dangerous side lurking underneath the gentlemanly charm. Things start to take a downward turn when we are introduced to Britt Ekland's air-headed Mary Goodnight and the story becomes less of an exciting face off between two equally matched adversaries and more about a monopoly of solar power, which is hardly inspiring. The camp humour then gets ramped up as Bond engages in a fight with two sumo wrestlers and then, a bunch of Kung-Fu experts at a martial arts 'school', with quips coming thick and fast.
How the screenplay managed to descend to that is a mystery, and it turns what had been an absorbing tale into a Blake Edwards-style hokum with the needless return of Sheriff J.W. Pepper.
I give 'The Man With The Golden Gun' the benefit of the doubt due to the performances of Moore, Lee and Adams who do the best they can with the material they've got; a cracking first 30-40 minutes and some decent action sequences and locations. Unfortunately, the combination of over the top humour, Guy Hamilton's flat direction and a storyline that goes off at a ridiculous tangent does make for the weakest entry of the Bond series to that point.
In terms of the Blu-Ray transfer, like 'Live and Let Die', the picture and sound are slight improvements on previous releases, but there does seem to be a gradual deterioration in quality compared to the astonishing Blu-Ray transfers of the first four Bond movies, which now look like they were made yesterday. Extras-wise, it's the same as the 'Ultimate Edition' DVDs (although the extras have been bumped up to HD), with a decent 'making of' documentary and another good commentary from Moore. Whether it's worth upgrading from the 'Ultimate Editions' depends on how much you're willing to spend. At the moment, you can grab Bond Blu-Rays at 2 for 10, so I'd say yes on that basis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the extras??, 1 Jun 2014
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David Renfrew (Argyle, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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A fun little movie where the comedic interludes are barely restrained. Sadly however little survives to provide Patrick McNee with the opportunity to flesh it out in a suitable documentary - an in depth interview with Christopher Lee would have been nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good romp well enjoyed, 29 Jan 2014
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We enjoyed the whole revamped film . The story is very similar to all the bond stories and the girls great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bond movie, 19 Jan 2014
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One of the great Bond movies, it really doesn't get any better than this. The latest poorly acted/written movies with Craig can't hold a candle
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