British secret agent James Bond (Roger Moore) is called into his superior's office one day and is taken off his current case. What was he working on? A solution to the energy crisis. Well. Thank goodness we took care of that way back in 1974, so we don't have to deal with it today, eh? Bond has been taken off the case because a golden bullet was mailed to MI6 with his agent number: 007. This is a big deal because only one man in the whole world is known to use gold bullets, and that is the international assassin known as Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Nobody knows what he looks like, where he lives, or what job he will do next. All that is known is that he has a third nipple and is one of the most dangerous men alive with a gun in his hand. Naturally, Bond decides to track down this Scaramanga. While this does end up being a fairly globe-trotting event, at its core, The Man With the Golden Gun is about James Bond facing off against one particularly challenging foe. Who will win in a duel to the death, Bond or the titular character? Okay, there's not a whole lot of suspense, given that there have been another dozen Bond movies after this one, but it's still an interesting idea.
|"Now...look at the camera, and say 'Charlie's Angels!'"|
Since this is a James Bond movie, it has a pretty substantial supporting cast. The regular MI6 people show up --- Desmond Llewelyn (Q), Bernard Lee (M), and Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny) --- and they do their typical tour of duty. The Bond girls in this film are Maud Adams as Scaramanga's girlfriend and Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight, Bond's assistant in Asia. Adams is okay, showing a surprising amount of depth (sometimes she looks upset, or even uncomfortable!) for a Bond girl.
|Rubbing a gun all over your lover's face: not as sexy as it sounds.|
|Roger Moore with his leading ladies.|
|The sound effect for this shot was a slide whistle. Seriously.|
|Oh, and Bond gets protected by schoolgirls, too.|
- When Bond asks who would want to pay Scaramanga's $1 million fee to kill him, M suggests "humiliated tailors." Huh?
- Scaramanga's home has two walls covered with mounted insects behind glass. It's never mentioned, but it's a weird detail.
- Where did the guitar go in the James Bond theme? They replaced it with horns!
- An international custom weapons dealer allows Bond to turn his own display merchandise against him. Is this his first day, or something?
- How did this movie get a PG rating? There is the requisite naked silhouette girl in the opening credits, a topless (with long hair) waitress, the naked Chew Mee in a swimming pool, and Maud Adams naked behind shower glass.
- Bond only sleeps with two women in the film. One of them has sex with him as a form of payment.