The Man With the Golden Gun


James Bond (Roger Moore) learns that Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the world’s greatest hit man, has been paid to assassinate him; Bond goes after this man who kills with a golden gun. The ninth film in the series brings back the redneck sheriff from Live and Let Die; there’s plenty of humor in this very entertaining chapter that also features an outstanding car chase. Lee plays the assassin with three nipples the sinister way he plays Dracula, and that’s a perfect approach; Herve Villechaize is amusing as his little malignant assistant. However, Britt Ekland is the worst kind of Bond girl, a complete bimbo.

1974-Britain. 125 min. Color. Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman. Directed by Guy Hamilton. Novel: Ian Fleming. Song: ”The Man With the Golden Gun” (performed by Lulu). Cast: Roger Moore (James Bond), Christopher Lee (Francisco Scaramanga), Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight), Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Clifton James… Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn.

Trivia: Jack Palance was allegedly offered the part of Scaramanga. Adams also played the title part in Octopussy (1983). Followed by The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Quote: “Humiliated chefs! Outraged tailors! Jealous husbands! The list is endless!” (Lee on who would want to assassinate Bond)

Last word: “I so wanted to be a Bond girl after seeing Ursula Andress in ‘Dr. No’ and those beautiful locations, that I read the book ‘The Man with The Golden Gun’ and called Cubby Broccoli’s office to see him. I was already an established actress then. I had dressed as a secretary (this was early 70′s) in a plain skirt, a white blouse and my hair in twist. Cubby said that the script wasn’t finished yet and they based the story more on the title. As I was leaving, Roger More came in and said hello. Very handsome. I had to go to the States to do a movie for 6 weeks and on the plane back to Britain, I read that another Swedish girl had been cast in the new Bond film. I was devastated! As soon as I got home my agent called and said Cubby Broccoli wanted to see me. I naively thought he was going to apologize for me not getting the part. As I waited in his office he suddenly walked in and said ‘You are Mary Goodnight!’ I asked about that other Swedish girl and he said that is Christopher Lee’s girlfriend. I couldn’t have been happier meeting and working with Maud Adams, we have been the closest of friends ever since.” (Ekland, Media Mikes)


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