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The Man With the Golden Gun

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Man With the Golden Gun
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Francisco Scaramanga is a hit man who is known by the golden gun and gold bullets he uses on his targets. James receives a message supposedly from Scaramanga saying that he is his next target. So M decides to relieve Bond of his duties until the danger has been neutralized. James feels that the mission he was on is of the utmost urgency and decides to go find Scaramanga himself. He thinks he found him only to discovers that Scaramanga is not after him. A scientist is working on a device that can make harnessing the sun's energy possible. Now, James faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Scaramange for the device.
Title: The man with the golden gun
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2006, p1974.
Edition: Widescreen, ultimate ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (125 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1974.
Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Contents: [disc 1] Feature film
[disc 2] Special features.
Summary: Francisco Scaramanga is a hit man who is known by the golden gun and gold bullets he uses on his targets. James receives a message supposedly from Scaramanga saying that he is his next target. So M decides to relieve Bond of his duties until the danger has been neutralized. James feels that the mission he was on is of the utmost urgency and decides to go find Scaramanga himself. He thinks he found him only to discovers that Scaramanga is not after him. A scientist is working on a device that can make harnessing the sun's energy possible. Now, James faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Scaramange for the device.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman ; screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz ; directed by Guy Hamilton
Credits: Editors, John Shirley, Raymond Poulton; directors of photography, Ted Moore, Oswald Morris; music, John Barry; screenplay, Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz.
Performers: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize, Clifton James.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation, Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English or French dialogue ; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Thai ; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Solar energy Research Drama. Scientists Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Great Britain. MI6 Drama. Intelligence service Great Britain Drama. Assassins Drama. Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Action and adventure films.
Feature films.
Spy films.
James Bond films.
Topical Term: Solar energy
Scientists
Man-woman relationships
Intelligence service
Assassins
Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Publisher No: 5043713
152791
106000
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May 19, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Somehow I'd missed this one at the theaters. Uses the regular formula, but ... not the best of the Bonds. Glad I saved the money. Good scenery of Thialand though.

Jan 18, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is the 9th installment of the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as James Bond.
Released in 1974, it was loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel of same name.
Bond is sent to destroy the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun,
while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga---the "Man with the Golden Gun."
The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz.
Apparently both men were mixed up in confusion with Thailand and Japan because two Japanese sumo wrestlers appear without any reasonable reason.
Bond tries to win the fight with one of the wrestlers to twist his "sumo thong" so that his squeezed balls could give him an unbearable pain.
If you can reasonably appreciate the art of sumo wrestling, you certainly know that it is impossible to squeeze his balls by twisting his "sumo thong."
Compared to the Bruce Lee movies, fighting men in the film are third-rated---if not fifth-rated.
So the kung-fu fighting scenes are not so exciting.
No wonder it is the fourth-lowest-grossing Bond film in the series.
However, one of the amazing and exciting scenes is a car chase, in which Bond sees Scaramanga driving away and steals a showroom car to give chase.
Coincidentally seated next is Sheriff J.W. Pepper, who apperaed in "Live and Let Die" as a parish sheriff in Louisiana and who basically plays
as a comic relief, especially and memorably for his somewhat bigoted attitudes and his tendency to speak loudly about whatever is on his mind.
Bond and Pepper follow Scaramanga in a car chase across Bangkok, which concludes when Scaramanga's car transforms into a plane, which flies him,
Nick Nack (Scaramanga's sidekick) and Mary Goodnight (Bond's British assistant) to his private island.
The film as a whole seems somewhat like a comedy rather than a serious blood-chilling spy movie.

Aug 15, 2013
  • briar6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

have not seen it yet

Aug 21, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well, it's alright... it's certainly got all the right things in it, so it *should* work...

Yet it doesn't quite.

I blame the film editing and the script editing. There's just a bit too much of everything thrown in together here and not enough binding material. Imagine going to Dairy Queen, ordering a Blizzard™ that has five different things in it, but only about 20% of the ice cream you normally have. The result is much like this: all of the cool stuff but not enough reason for it being there.

We've got girls (two), we've got evil people (two major, several minor), briefings with M (oddly two of them), Q (but no gadgets for Bond, only for Scaramanga, which is *very* weird), nifty locations (four at least), a car chase (including insane corkscrew thing which was done for the simple reason they could), a boat race, Sheriff Pepper shows up again (because they could), and there's a gigantic laboratory with solar-powered gun (which doesn't get used except for one demonstration and doesn't have a visible light beam for some reason).

The reason for all this, initially, is that 007 has a death threat issued against him by Scaramanga. Then, later, M tells Bond to find this death threat guy because he's killed a Solar Power Research Engineer, so the world is in peril of that technology being... well, sold to the highest bidder by Scaramanga. As opposed to... erm... sold to the highest bidder by a government, probably. So... not much danger, really. It's a bit of a McGuffin really: the man is bad and he's done something wrong!

Then suddenly Bond has to go it alone without telling M what he's doing in order to keep things from the Chinese, so we're back where we started, and that way we get to see the big fight at the end. ...cause otherwise we wouldn't have a movie.

Christopher Lee is so very good with what he's given to do, which is a shame as *everyone* gets so little to do in this. The chase scenes and locations get the glory, really.

I could take at least 20 minutes out of this merely my tightening up the editing, and the result would be more action packed and probably more interesting to watch. We're given far too much opportunity to think about things before they happen, establishing shots are held too long, there's too frequent use of switching back and forth between characters as they look for each other, too many alternate angles are explored without benefit of suspense; even the appearance of the character Chu Mi seems to be there simply because it fits a pre-determined pattern.

Bleah. Still, it could have been worse; not much, but some.

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