The 9th James Bond movie. This was a project in the wakes of production immediately following LIVE AND LET DIE, and also marking the end of the partnership between producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Fortunately their last effort in this film combines the essential cutting-edge gadgetry, beautiful women, and astonishing action sequences beautifully mixing intrigue and excitement in the story. This also brought relevance to the Cold War-era in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE with the Solex Agitator weapon, and a unique theme in 007's duel with a mesmerizing villain in contract hitman Francisco Scaramanga, as portrayed by Christopher Lee. After a decade of appearances as Hammer Films' Count Dracula, and a close partnership with Roger Moore, Lee brings the usual deadly authority to the role he has perfected over and over again. The real treat is two gorgeous Bond girls in Britt Ekland and Maud Adams, who later appeared in OCTOPUSSY.
THE ASSIGNMENT: Bond's search for a missing solar-energy scientist is placed on hold when a golden bullet engraved with the initials 007 arrives at headquarters. M takes this as indication that Francisco Scaramanga, the highest paid assassin in the business, has Bond's number. Bond is ordered to either resign or hunt Scaramanga. His only lead is the death of Agent 002. His search begins in Beirut, with contacts ranging from a belly dancer to a gun maker to Scaramanga's mistress Andrea Anders. Things gradually become more complicated as Scaramanga is watching Bond's every move. When Bond makes contact with M in the Hong Kong harbor, he learns the scientist developed a small solar agitator into pure energy, and is planning to defect to the East. He met his death at Scaramanga's hands, and now the solex is for Scaramanga's own deadly purposes.
THE VILLAINS: Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga, Herve Villechaize as midget assistant Nick Nack, Richard Loo as Hai Fat, and Chan Yiu Lam as Chula the ninja.
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