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0031 Film Review The Man With The Golden Gun

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Few will argue that MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN is silliest of all James Bond motion pictures. From return appearance of Sheriff JW Pepper to ridiculous martial arts fight where two schoolgirls best dozens, this 007 adventure consistently skirts self-parody. Yet, after dreariness Of Live and Let Die, upbeat change-Of-pace is refreshing. And, while million-dollar-ashot hitman isn't typical Bond villain, he's closer than anyone from previous film. This is Roger Moore's second outing as Bond, and, while he still hasn't fully grown into role, he's more comfortable here than in Live and Let Die, showing signs of unique characterization. All regular supporting players are back: humorless M, crusty Q, and ever-faithful Moneypenny. MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN has two plots that eventually dovetail into one. Main Story Deals WITH Bond's Attempts To Find Ace Hitman Scaramanga Before Elusive Assassin Fires Bullet WITH 007 At It. Meanwhile, Scaramanga and British government are both in pursuit of vital component for solar energy converter. Hundreds of millions of dollars are stake, since whoever builds this converter will have carte blanche where solar power is concern. Christopher Lee, consummate bad Guy from horror films, infuses Scaramanga WITH sinister demeanor. In fact, although MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN is overflowing WITH Lee never participates. Scaramanga is play straight: egotistical hermit who kills for sport and harbors secret for 007. There are two Bond girls: Britt Ekland as Goodnight, 007's inept assistant, and Maud Adams as Andrea, Scaramanga's mistress. Herve Villechaize is on hand Nick Nack, right-hand MAN to Scaramanga. Soon Taik Oh is Hip, local contact. Clifton James makes encore appearance as buffoon JW Pepper, this time vacationing in Far East. He joins Bond in one of film's best sequences, spectacular car chase that ends WITH Scaramanga literally flying away. Rarely do MAN WITH GUN take anything seriously. Mary Goodnight is as clumsy they come. Pepper and Nack are cartoonish. There are jokes-per-minute than in any other Bond film. Even John Barry's score is less earnest than usual, and opening song is ridiculous. Regardless, and despite unnecessarily protract denouement that had me wondering if film was ever going to end, MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN is still fun. It's about as far from Ian Fleming's vision of superspy as filmed interpretations have ever get, but for those expect light, totally-unbelievable escapism, this movie does its part. Yes, it's weak entry in series, but there's enough good, totally silly stuff here to keep it from absolute bottom. MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN certainly isn't worth $1 million, but it's fine for price of video rental.

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