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Mission: The Man With The Golden Gun
Released: December 19, 1974
Bond: Roger Moore
Director: Guy Hamilton
Budget: $7 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $97.6 Million
Running Time: 125 Minutes

Villain: Francisco Scaramanga
Organization: Self-Employed
Scheme: The theft and misuse of a Solex Agitator
Henchmen: Nick Nack
Girls: Mary Goodnight, Andrea Anders
Allies: Hip, JW Pepper
Bond's Kill Count: 1
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Fan Reviews:
Andy Phillips
Let me begin by saying that this is easily the worst movie in the entire official (and even unofficial) James Bond series. It is so full of self-parody and silly characters that you would almost believe you were watching a spoof.

An omen of what is to come is provided by the pre-credits sequence, a dull affair featuring a confrontation between a man (it's difficult to give a better description since no mention of him is made elsewhere in the movie) and the assassin of the title. A song with woefully terrible lyrics follows, and the rest of the movie is even worse.

The plot might have been a pleasant change from the usual rule-the-world so often found in the James Bond movies of the 70s, but here we get a confused mismash about a fabled assassin, Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee, putting in a performance which is one of the rare saving graces of this movie) who someone has apparently payed one million dollars to in order to remove Roger Moore's 007. There is also a flimsy connection with the energy crisis and a missing solar cell with 95% efficiency. It's as much of a mess as it sounds.

Bond is "helped" in his task by Mary Goodnight (Ekland), whose character couldn't possibly be any closer to the stereotypical bimbo. During the course of the movie she gets locked in both a closet and a car trunk, blunders around a control room accidentally setting off a laser and serves no purpose in enhancing the plot whatsoever. Maud Adams (later to star in Octopussy) is a much more stronger and useful character, but she hardly features in the movie. Scaramanga's lackey is a dwarf called Nik-Nak, who rather fittingly is also possibly the silliest henchman in the series, serving up annoyance and weak dialogue in equal measures.

Worse still is an almost total lack of action throughout the whole movie. There is but one fight sequence about fifteen minutes in (not counting a ludicrous scene where two teenage girls beat up several dozen trained martial artists -- another misguided attempt at humour). The solitary car chase might have been a highlight, but the "action" is interrupted on a frequent basis by a redneck sheriff (J.W. Pepper, played by Clifton James of Live and Let Die "fame") yelling stupid comments out of the passenger window. He is easily the most irritating character in a James Bond movie. Even his presence could have been made bearable by one of the most impressive car stunts in cinematic history, a 360 degree twisting loop jump over a broken bridge -- could have been, except somebody got the idea to dub a mocking whistle tone over the final print. On top of that debacle, the whole end of the film is an anticlimatic sequence in Scaramanga's "funhouse".

The only good thing that came out of this movie was that the producers had to make the next film in the series (the infinitely superior "The Spy who loved Me") a great film in order for the Bond franchise to survive.

The final rating -- an unsurprising 001

Scott Powell
This was Roger Moores' second appearence as 007 in the series,and my personal favourite. In my opinion, it illustrates one of his best performances as Bond and proves to Bond lovers that Moore is just as capable of putting on a show as Sean Connory was. This film was what really gave Roger Moore a reputation as an actor to take seriously. "Live and Let Die" was his premiere but many were feeling at that time, uneasy about Connorys' leave.

The plot in T.M.W.T.G.G is not too thick or complicated.Just Bond action and Bond fun! A man named Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) is the villain. He's a talented hit man who uses an actual golden gun in all his killings. Bond is next on his list! Roger Moore steps in as 007 to investigate the missing of a fellow Secret Service agent in which Scaramanga is suspected. It doesn't take long before Bond realizes that he's on Scaramangas' list, and as the story unfolds slowly and properly without any serious confusion, we're introduced to a cast of memorable characters like the unforgettable Nick Nack; Scaramangas' "little" sidekick, Goodnight; a S.S agent sent to work with Bond who falls in love with him.(as most women do), Scaramangas' lover played by the beautiful Maud Adams(seen also in "Octopussy" 1983) whom Bond uses to get the solex agitator, and of course, what Bond movie would be complete without the wit and gadgetry of the respected and memorable "Q"?

From start to finish, this blockbuster pulls out all stops. The great musical talent of John Barry and Moores' humor, charisma, and ability to light up the screen in his special way make The Man With the Golden Gun a must see for any Bond fan!

Larry Flohr
After a british agent is murdered, Bond is sent out after Scaramanga, and soon realizes that he is next on his list. This movie is by far the worst in the series. It has practically no plot, and Nick Nack was a Joke. The best stunt was the bridge scene, and that was ruined by a corny sound effect. ** out of ******* stars.
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