TV spot of 1974: “James Bond on the job. The girls are willing. The pace is killing. You’ll meet old friends and new enemies. The action is spectacular reaching a new high for 007. Don’t miss Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun.”
It’s the 9th James Bond film with Roger Moore being in the lead for the second time. Bond travels through Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, secluded islands of Thailand in the search for a solar energy weapon while being hunted by Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), he is the man with the golden gun..
When the MI6 receives a golden bullet with the 007 code engraved, James Bond is immediately taken from his mission to find the scientist who is in the possession of the powerful solar weapon. The golden bullet can only be originated from the notorious assassin Francisco Scaramanga who carries the golden gun. James however, decides to find the assassin before he finds him and starts the hunt for the fortunate man (who receives as much as one million Dollar for one elimination).
You should see the movie yourself if you are curious of the sequel, by all means it is what you can expect from a James Bond movie: lot’s of action with fancy gadgets (at that time), tempting women and excitement.
A preeminent theme of The Man with the Golden Gun is the energy crisis of 1973 which was still present in Brittan when the movie was released. Another remarkable aspect of the movie is the martial arts – which was a popular trend during that time – with several kung-fu scenes shot in Asia.
What others say
Reviews comparing this movie with other James Bond movies consider the movie as relative talkative and remarkable are the comic aspects of the movie such as the henchman of Scaramanga which is the funny, but also cruel, dwarf Nick Nack. A surprising twist is the role of James Bond whose life is in danger as he is being haunted instead of rescuing another. Lee (displayed as Scaramanga) is posited as James Bond alter ego and James Bond himself is more cruel than before, slapping a beautiful woman in her face and admitting that he wouldn’t mind killing cool-headed.
The scenery are stunningly and therefore a valuable feature to the movie. James Bond visits Bangkok including a boat chase through the klongs, the network of canals and the floating market. Furthermore there is a kick box match, shot in the capital but most stunning is the Ko Khao Phing Kan island located in the Phang Nga Bay between Krabi and Phuket. Many tourists want to see the ‘James Bond island’ with it’s overwhelming limestone rock formations. Another stunning island nearby is Koh Yao Noi featuring an idealistic beach resort amidst nature: Paradise @ Koh Yao.
Facts and figures
Release date: Dec. 18, 1974
Duration: 123 min.
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Written by: Tom Mankiewicz and Richard Maibaum
Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize, Clifton James, Richard Loo, Soon-Tek Oh, Marc Lawrence, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Marne Maitland, Desmond Llewelyn, James Cossins, Yiu Lam Chan, Carmen du Sautoy, Gerald James, Michael Osborne, Michael Fleming