REVIEW: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

goldengun-posterJames Bond (Roger Moore) is led to believe that he is on Francisco Scaramanga’s (Christopher Lee), the world’s most expensive and deadliest assassin’s, hit list and Bond must hunt him down before Scaramanga gets to him first.

I loved the opening sequence at Scaramanga’s home, it was clever and tense and different to anything else seen in the Bond films before. Christopher Lee was brilliant (as always) and Scaramanga pretty much stole the Bond film from James Bond. He’s charming, intelligent and lethal – every time he was on screen the film becoming instantly more compelling.

There isn’t really any gadgets or flash cars in The Man with the Golden Gun – in fact I’m pretty sure all Bond had is his gun and a small plane.

The Bond girl this time around was Mary Goodnight (Britt Eckland) an M16 agent stationed in China and she has to be the stupidest MI6 agent in history. She’s accident prone, has to rely on Bond to save her, almost kills him a few times and is generally incredibly useless. I’m not sure if she was supposed to be comic relief but it was more insulting than anything else.

Another bit of comic relief was the reappearance of J. W. Pepper (Clifton James) who was in Live and Let Die. The first time he appeared I thought it was going to be a small cameo and it was actually quite fun – the second time he made an appearance wasn’t so fun as it went on a lot longer and got on my nerves after a while.

The Man with the Golden Gun isn’t the greatest Bond film, it’s a bit dull compared to some of the others, but Christopher Lee is the best thing about the film – and is better than Bond in every way. 2/5.

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