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The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Preceded by: Live and Let Die (1973)
Succeeded by
: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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Director:
Guy Hamilton
COUNTRY
UK/USA
GENRE
Spy/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mannen med den gyldne pistol

RUNNING TIME
125 minutes

Producer:
Harry Saltzman
Albert R. Broccoli

Screenwriter:
Richard Maibaum
Tom Mankiewicz


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
James Bond Roger Moore ˝
Francisco Scaramanga Christopher Lee ˝
Mary Goodnight Britt Ekland
Andrea Anders Maud Adams ˝
Nick Nack Hervé Villechaize
J. W. Pepper Clifton James ˝
Hai Fat Richard Loo -
Lieutenant Hip Soon-Taik Oh ˝
Rodney Marc Lawrence -
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell -
Lazar Marne Maitland -
Q Desmon Llewelyn -
M Bernard Lee -

 

Review

Director Guy Hamilton later said that this was the only Bond film he regretted making, and it's hard to fault him for that sentiment because not much is working in this, Roger Moore's second outing in the series. The main plot takes 007 on a tour of Southeast Asia in pursuit of a villain of unclear background, motivation and, for most of the picture, relevance. Christopher Lee rivals Moore in everything from sophistication to harmlessness. It's like watching a discarded James Bond script being read out loud. Neither the two leads or any of the film's other anemic elements are able to make this entry in the series come alive. Bond himself is a stiff know-it-all who obviously looks down on all the secondary creatures who cross his path in here, meaning women, Asians and Americans. And speaking of the latter, Clifton James, as the Louisiana sheriff who by chance becomes Bond's henchman for a while, is probably the most annoying 007 accomplice of the entire series. He's an unfunny bully who seems to have been included only to make Bond's otherwise lame one-liners appear a little less insulting. Only the ever-dependable Soon-Taik Oh comes away from this picture with any sort of dignity. The worst 007 of the Moore era, it's a film that looks and feels a lot older than it actually is.

Copyright © 04.07.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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