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
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!
After a british agent is murdered, Bond is sent out after Scaramanga,
soon realizes that he is next on his list.
This movie is by far the worst in the series. It has practically no
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.