Bond (Moore) learns that the lethal assassin, known as Scaramanga (Christoher Lee), is out to kill our hero. Bond teams with agent Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) to track him down. Their travels bring them face to face with Nick Nack (Fantasy Island's Hervé Villechaize), Scaramanga's faithful servant and Andrea (Maud Adams), Scaramanga's tough but haunted lover and assistant (Adams returns to the series a second time as the title character in Octopussy). And speaking of returns, Clifton James, the southern sheriff J.W. Pepper from Live and Let Die, pops up out of nowhere on vacation. As It turns out, Scaramanga is holding the world's energy hostage, when he commendeers The Solex Agitator and only wants to face Bond in a duel
Made at the height of the 70's energy crisis, this film has all of the Bond trademarks, and director Guy Hamilton knows what he's doing for a fun ride. I have to say though, this time, the villian saves the film--Lee and Moore have a great time battling each other and a plot that loses its way at times. As fun as a Clifton James return may have been back then--it's totally wasted here and now seems quite inappropriate today.
The extras on the special edition DVD are pretty good. They are set up the same way as on most other discs in the series. The audio commentary from Hamilton, the Cast and Crew, is culled together from various sources, taken for what it is, the track is solid. Far better though are the two documentaries on the disc.Read more ›
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.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! BUY IT!
This film is a brilliantly surreal entry into the Bond series. It's a clear departure from Connery's films, where he had to stop the KGB from destroying the world. Moore is called in to stop an overpaid hitman and his midget from selling solar power to the UN (or something similar.) Adapted as I am for describing awesomeness, I can't begin to describe this film's grovvy factor, but I can tell you it's somewhere between ChocoTacos and regular tacos.