The Man With The Golden Gun [DVD]
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DVD Special Features :
Audio Commentary featuring Director Guy Hamilton, the Cast and Crew
"Inside The Man with the Golden Gun" Documentary
"Double-O-Stuntmen" Documentary: a look at the greatest stunts and stunt
Performers in the Bond films
Original TV Ads
Collectable "Making Of" Booklet
1.77:1 widescreen 16:9 version
The British spy with a licence to kill takes on his dark underworld double, a classy assassin who kills with golden bullets at £1 million a hit. Roger Moore, in his second outing as James Bond, meets Christopher Lee's Scaramanga, one of the most magnetic villains in the entire series, in this entertaining but rather wan entry in the 007 sweepstakes. Bond's globetrotting search takes him to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and finally China, where Scaramanga turns his island retreat into a twisted theme park for a deadly game of wits between the gunmen, moderated by Scaramanga's diminutive man Friday Nick Nack (Fantasy Island's Hervé Villechaize). Britt Ekland does her best as an embarrassingly inept Bond girl, a clumsy, dim agent named Mary Goodnight who looks fetching in a bikini, while Maud Adams is Scaramanga's tough but haunted lover and assistant. Clifton James, the redneck sheriff from Live and Let Die, makes an ill-advised appearance as a racist tourist. He briefly teams up with 007 in what is otherwise the film's highlight, a high-energy chase through the crowded streets of Bangkok that climaxes with a breathtaking mid-air corkscrew jump. Bond and company are let down by a lazy script, but Moore balances the overplayed humour with a steely performance and Lee's charm and enthusiasm makes Scaramanga a cool, deadly, and thoroughly enchanting adversary. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
'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.Read more ›
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Roger Moore hams it up as 007 A great laugh from start to finish by my favourite bond of all timePublished 1 day ago by Beni14