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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Reply with quote



Roger Moore's second crack at the role of the legendary James Bond is actually further off the mark than his first try, though the fault doesn't lie entirely with Moore.

Christopher Lee is too Shakespearean for a Bond-film villain, Britt Ekland is too scrawny for a Bond-girl heroine, and Clifton James (again playing Sheriff J. W. Pepper) is almost too red-necked for "Smokey and the Bandit", much less a James Bond movie.

The story centers around the efforts of a million-dollar hit man (Lee) to acquire a priceless micro-chip to be used in his solar-powered laser cannon. There's a reasonable amount of action, most of which is set in the Orient, but nothing as memorable as the previous film's speedboat chase, even though this one has a speedboat chase as well.

The climax is a lackluster, one-on-one showdown between Moore and Lee on the villain's tiny island stronghold. Bond fans felt cheated by the lack of a big battle scene (an oversight which was handsomely corrected in the next Bond outing).

The title theme by British Pop star Lulu is considerably more Bond-like than Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" theme, but it wasn't as successful on the music charts.

The casting of Herve Villechaize as Christopher Lee's valet/henchman was a bad idea; instead of an exciting fight between Bond and an Oddjob-like henchman, the film concludes with Roger chasing Herve around a bedroom and tieing up the little pest in a net!

Directed by Bond-film veteran Guy Hamilton, which is something of a surprise, in view of the movie's faults. Moore's next Bond film, "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a big swing back in the right direction.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lack luster as the movie is I remember it for the locals. The Pussycat Club in H.K., been there; Scaramunga's island in Thailand, been there.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm watching it right now, and you're right, Pye-rate. This movie is so much better than Live and Let Die at presenting the Bond world-hoping locals. I sold the movie a little short in my post.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been to most of the places in Asia in the movie, the movie makes me want to go back.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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IMDB has 129 trivia items for this movie — a surprise in view of the fact that it's such a weak Bond film. Unfortunately there were only three which I found interesting. Sad
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One of the lowest-grossing Bond films. That fact, combined with behind-the-scenes problems, nearly made this the final Bond film, and delayed production of the next entry in the series, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Note from me: Interesting, considering what I just said about it above. Very Happy

In his autobiography, Roger Moore said that when they were filming the boat chase on the klongs, he fell in twice. The first was on purpose (because they told him not to do it), and the second time was by accident. On the second fall, Moore made the mistake of opening his eyes under water, and saw what the local undertakers did with the bodies of the less fortunate.

Note from me: And here we all thought that being a Bond star was all glitz and glamour! Shocked

While on location in Thailand, Roger Moore found a cave full of bats. He couldn't resist seeking out Christopher Lee, telling him what he had found and joking "Master, they are yours to command!" Lee appreciated the joke.

Note from me: This is the kind of trivia item I like — and anecdote about two of the actors. With bats.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe I read that Christopher Lee & Bond author, Ian Fleming, are related.

The gorgeous Maud Adams who plays Scaramunga's mistress would be one of the only actresses who would appear in 2 007 movies.

She would portray an entirely different albeit beautiful woman in Octopussy. In fact,she's the title character.

I also always found the gunfight finale scene to be a disappointing one. Not often that a Bond films drops the ball involving action scenes. They did so this time.

Scaramunga's island setting was always interesting to watch for me. The surrounding rock formations were fascinating to see.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I did like the first scene that took place in the Bottoms Up club! Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just to refresh everyone's memory, here's the bottom JB referred to. Cool
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_The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) - Bottoms Up Club


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