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When men were men and only the villains didn't smoke,
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Gold certainly comes over better in widescreen than it does in the cropped and edited TV and Public Domain prints that have been floating around for years. The first of Roger Moore's trio of South African shot adventures (along with Shout at the Devil and The Wild Geese), it's very much of its time: this being the mid-70s, the villains are easy to spot - they're the ones who wash their hands, don't smoke and aren't any good in the sack - while the good guys aren't afraid of a little dirt or sleeping with the boss's wife. Along with Moore the credits are littered with many of the regular Bond team most of whom would go through the same flooding-the-mine routine again in A View To a Kill - but then, since the film's hiking-up-the-price-of-gold premise is borrowed from Goldfinger (albeit a tad more credible than setting off a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox), there's no real cause for complaint. Like Elmer Bernstein and Jimmy Helms' title song, it's not subtle but it's an entertaining two hours if it catches you in the right mood.
Finally available in its original widescreen ratio on an English-friendly DVD in Germany and in a UK release from SlamDunk Media after years of terrible fullframe releases from Public Domain labels, there are no extras apart from a poorly reproduced stills gallery. Odeon's 2013 Blu-ray release also offers the film in its original 2.35:1 ratio in a good but not outstanding transfer, faring better on the extras front - the original theatrical trailer and a 45-minute mid-80s US documentary on Roger Moore.