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James Bond Movie - The Man with the Golden Gun

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Info

Release Date (UK)December 19th, 1974
Release Date (US)December 19th, 1974
DirectorGuy Hamilton
Film Number9 of 23
Running Time125 Minutes
Previous FilmLive and Let Die
Next FilmThe Spy Who Loved Me

Table of Contents

Cast

CharacterActor
Francisco ScaramangaChristopher Lee
Andrea AndersMaud Adams
Nick NackHervé Villechaize
Mary GoodnightBritt Ekland
Sheriff J.W. PepperClifton James
LazarMarne Maitland
Hai FatRichard Loo

Regulars

CharacterActor
James BondRoger Moore
MBernard Lee
Miss MoneypennyLois Maxwell
QDesmond Llewelyn

Plot

The Man with the Golden Gun opens with a game of death. A gangster named Rodney is invited to Francisco Scaramanga's private island, with a challenge to kill him. Rodney gets a fully loaded gun, while Scaramanga gets only one golden bullet. But, Rodney is lead into a fun house, and Scaramanga has the advantage, killing Rodney and winning another of his games.

Back in London, Bond is confronted by M, who tells him that MI6 has been sent a golden bullet with 007 engraved onto it. Believing Bond is the next target, M sends him to find Scaramanga first. During his search, Bond meets a belly dancer with a golden bullet as her lucky belly button charm. After trying to discreetly take the bullet, a thug gets in the way, and Bond ends up swallowing it.

Bond tracks the bullet back to a specialized gunsmith in Macau, and discovers that he delivers golden bullets anonymously, dropping them in a basket at a casino. Bond follows the next step in the pipeline, and discovers that the bullets are picked up by Andrea Anders, Scaramanga's girlfriend.

Although initially very strong, Bond manages to get information out of Anders. He learns that Scaramanga will be at the Bottoms Up club in Hong Kong, and heads over to surprise him. However, always two steps ahead, Scaramanga has his sights on Bond. He shoots past him to kill energy scientist Gibson, allowing his man-servant/sidekick Nick Nack to collect the valuable energy Solex agitator.

Bond is arrested for the assassination by Lieutenant Hip. However, it turns out that Hip is helping Bond out of the situation, by taking him to a wrecked ship that has been converted into a HQ for MI6. Bond meets M and Q, who brief him to retrieve the Solex agitator from Scaramanga. Bond suspects that millionaire Hai Fat financed the assassination, and poses as Scaramanga to get into his palace, complete with a fake third nipple, courtesy of Q.

Hai Fat, who had already met with Scaramanga in person, knew Bond's identity, and captured him. Fat intended for Bond to fight to death with his martial art experts, but Bond fights cheaply and manages to escape. Fat is then killed by Scaramanga, for being incompetent at dealing with the problem.

Bond is then surprised by Ms. Anders, who makes a midnight visit. She pleas with him to kill Scaramanga, revealing that it was her that sent the engraved bullet to MI6. Bond goes to a Sumo Wrestling event the next day, to collect the Solex agitator, that Anders has stolen from Scaramanga's safe.

Bond arrives to find her dead, and loses both the agitator and his clumsy assistant Mary Goodnight. Following her to Scaramanga's island, Bond receives a warm welcome and a tour, before Scaramanga challenges Bond to an old fashioned duel.

Following his usual tricks, Scaramanga disappears into his fun house before Bond turns around to shoot. Although Scaramanga has the advantage, knowing the tricks and layout of his fun house, Bond manages to out smart him. Scaramanga happens to have a life-size mannequin of Bond, for target practise, and Bond stands in its place, providing him the surprise needed to kill Scaramanga. He and Mary Goodnight take the agitator and escape the island just before it explodes.

Music

The Man With The Golden Gun Soundtrack
Track #SongAuthor
1The Man With The Golden GunLulu
2Scaramanga's Fun HouseJohn Barry
3Chew Me in GrislylandJohn Barry
4The Man With The Golden GunJohn Barry
5Getting the BulletJohn Barry
6Goodnight GoodnightJohn Barry
7Let's Go Get 'EmJohn Barry
8Hip's TripJohn Barry
9Kung Fu FightJohn Barry
10In Search of Scaramanga's IslandJohn Barry
11Return To Scaramanga's Fun HouseJohn Barry
12The Man With The Golden Gun - RepriseJohn Barry

Trivia

Box Office

Opened in # TheatresUnknown
Production Budget$7 Million (~$35.6M with inflation)
Worldwide Gross$97 Million (~$448.2M with inflation)

Crew

DirectorGuy Hamilton
EditorRaymond Poulton
John Shirley
ProducersAlbert R. "Cubby" Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
WritersIan Fleming (Original Novel)
Richard Maibaum (Screenplay)
Tom Mankiewicz (Screenplay)
ConductorJohn Barry

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