My #JamesBond #Bondathon: The Man With The Golden Gun – My Review

Plot – Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him

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Bit late with this one as I watched it last week but here is my review of The Man With Golden Gun.

Roger Moore is back for his second outing as 007 in this movie that sees him up against assassin Francisco Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee.

This was obviously released at a time when Kung Fu movies were becoming a big thing and Bond movie producers seemed to want to cash in on that. They do a half decent job of it I guess, this isn’t the best of Moore’s Bond movies and is, in my opinion, inferior to his previous Live And Let Die.

Moore as James Bond does his best to make the movie better than it is. Always reliable, I love Moore’s 007 and I still love him in this despite the movie not being as good as his last.

Christopher Lee makes a good Scaramanga; he’s a super actor and hams it up nicely as the £1,000,000 a pop assassin.

His henchman is the vertically challenged Nick Nack played by Herve Villechaize. He’s probably one of the most well-known of all Bond movie henchmen.

The “main” Bond girl in this movie is Mary Goodnight, played by the lovely Britt Ekland. She’s ok in the role but seems to spend more time either in a nightie or bikini. Now, to some, this won’t be a problem (at times it probably isn’t to me as she is very lovely) but, I don’t know, I guess it’s just a sign of the times. To be fair, she has more on in this than she does in her turn in The Wicker Man.

There’s also the first appearance of Maud Adams in a Bond movie. Before her excellent turn as Octopussy she played the role of Miss Anders here. Another lovely, she plays her time in the movie well as an ally of 007.

Another ally of 007 is Lt Hip played by Soon-Tek Oh. Bond doesn’t figure out he’s an ally until some time after they meet. Bond and Hip share a good relationship during the movie I think and have some good scenes together.

As we’ve always had so far, Bernard Lee returns as M, Desmond Llewellyn as Q and Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny. As always, they are a joy to watch in their limited screen time.

We also have the return of Clifton James as Sherriff J W Pepper in what is nothing but comedy filler really. Doesn’t add much to the story other than a few laughs. He is very watchable though.

There’s some excellent action sequences in the movie, in particular the cork-screw car jump over a canal. Great looking stunt although slightly spoiled by the awful sound effect added in. A little odd if in my opinion. Another odd thing is how Bond is kind of made to look weak after escaping Hai Fat’s karate school. Having Lt Hips nieces kick bad guys arses, ushering Bond out of the way, makes 007 look a little soft for me. That’s just a couple of little things that don’t quite seem right to me but other than that the movie is ok. It also has one of the greatest names given to any “Bond Girl” (although it’s difficult to call her that) in the naked and swimming, Chew Mee. Great!!

Anyway, as always, no marks out of 10 for Bond movies as I’m a big fan but, even though this is disappointing at times, it’s still an enjoyable enough movie.

Cheers and thanks, as always, for reading………………….

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