The Man with the Golden Gun [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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The British superspy with a license to kill takes on his dark underworld double, a classy assassin who kills with golden bullets at $1 million a hit. Roger Moore, in his second outing as James Bond, meets Christopher Lee's Scaramanga, one of the most magnetic villains in the entire series, in this entertaining but rather wan entry in the 007 sweepstakes. Bond's globetrotting search takes him to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and finally China, where Scaramanga turns his island retreat into a twisted theme park for a deadly game of wits between the gunmen, moderated by Scaramanga's diminutive man Friday Nick Nack (Fantasy Island's Hervé Villechaize). Britt Ekland does her best as the most embarrassingly inept Bond girl in 007 history, a clumsy, dim agent named Mary Goodnight who looks fetching in a bikini, while Maud Adams is Scaramanga's tough but haunted lover and assistant (she returns to the series as the title character in Octopussy). Clifton James, the redneck sheriff from Live and Let Die, makes an embarrassing and ill-advised appearance as a racist tourist who briefly teams up with 007 in what is otherwise the film's highlight, a high-energy chase through the crowded streets of Bangkok that climaxes with a breathtaking midair corkscrew jump. Bond and company are let down by a lazy script, but Moore balances the overplayed humor with a steely performance and Lee's charm and enthusiasm makes Scaramanga a cool, deadly, and thoroughly enchanting adversary. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although "The Man With The Golden Gun" was one of my least favorite in the never-ending series, after suffering through the more glitzy but souless Brosnan 007 entries (with the exception of the excellent "Goldeneye"), I have come to appreciate the earlier films a bit more (even "Moonraker"). This entry is more low-key. Plot wise, it is small potatoes to the more outrageous 007 pictures. I am still a bit intrigued how they manage to make a full length feature out of such a simple story but like every good 007 film, it entertains and gives us the usual- lots of action, nice location shots, beautiful women etc. The action sequences here are less extravagant but there are some highlights - the spiral jump for instance, and the exotic location shots are beautiful to behold- the opening shot is especially gorgeous.
The great Christopher Lee, whom I watched as a kid in the Hammer Dracula movies, remains one of the most likable villians in a Bond picture. Unlike previous bad guys, Lee's Scaramanga towers over Bond and is cool, cunning yet lethal. He also has some of the best lines in the film which Roger Moore admits to almost with envy in one of the film's commentaries (2007 edition- not sure if the more recent releases contain the same commentary).Read more ›
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.
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You just have to have these old James Bond dvds on blueray ! There so much clearer!Published 2 months ago by Mary Dobson
After a shoot out in a fun house a golden bullet is sent to MI6 HQ with 007 printed upon it. It is determined that a contract has been taken out on 007. He is taken out of service. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ellison
This movie was advertised on the website as having English subtitles - it didn't - it only had French and Spanish. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. Roger E. Melley
in the 9th Bond film. Bond (Roger Moore) is targeted for assignation by The Man with the Golden Gun. Roger does a good job yet again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kory Scott
I was very pleased with the man with the golden gun and it completes my collection of James Bond movies.The delivery was on time and in perfect condition.Published 20 months ago by fredbailey
It completed my bond movie collection at the right price. No more can be said, its a movie after all.Published 23 months ago by Carmen Cifelli
The rating is for the movie, not the Blu-Ray. In my opinion, this is another "strange" Bond movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2014 by J. Silva
another great bond movie. good action , good movie picture and sound quality. shipping was spot on and in good conditionPublished on Dec 4 2013 by HOGG
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