The Man with the Golden Gun

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Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 05/12/2009 Run time: 125 minutes Rating: Pg… More >>

The Man with the Golden Gun

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  1. As a super-fan of the Bond films since seeing Dr. No in 1963, this is my least favorite official Bond film. (Obviously the 1967 mess “satire” Casino Royale was worse and I’m also not a great admirer of the Connery Thunderball-remake Never Say Never Again.)

    This 2nd Roger Moore Bond is just a mediocrity. There are no great action scenes and a pretty unexciting conclusion. The only positive thing is the great Christopher Lee’s portrayal of the villain Scaramanga. As many have written, he is far more interesting than Roger’s Bond. (Lee was also Ian Fleming’s cousin and Fleming originally wanted him to portray the first Bond film-villain, Dr. No.) Britt Ekland’s Mary Goodnight is one of the most annoying Bond leading ladies ever. Whether its prancing around in a bikini or getting locked in Scaramanga’s trunk, this alleged agent assigned to assist Bond is an utter moron. Maud Adams secondary leading lady, (this Bond film’s sacrificial lamb,) is far more interesting.

    As an indication of just how silly this film is, we again run into Sheriff J.W. Pepper, the red-neck sheriff from the previous Bond, Live and Let Die, on vacation with his wife trying out American Motors cars in Thailand. This leads to this obnoxious character being part of a car chase that provides the only interesting scene in this film: an incredible stunt involving a car doing a complete somersault from one end of a broken bridge to another. Unfortunately this scene lasts about 5 seconds. Really, the only thing this film has to offer is some very nice location work in Thailand and surrounding islands, Christopher Lee and a pretty good John Barry score.

    This film opened the Christmas season of 1974, against some tough competition: Towering Inferno, G-dfather II, Earthquake, Murder on the Orient Express, Airport 1975, Young Frankenstein, etc. For a Bond film, it did not due well. However it did have one positive effect, it led 3 years later to one of the most lavish and enjoyable Bonds in the series (and Roger Moore’s best,) The Spy Who Loved Me.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Martial Arts Schoolgirls, great cast and locals make this Asian Adventure, Bond Style overcome its own badness. Camp rules script with Arcade sets and Cheesy dialog; but Barry’s score glues it together with Moore’s intent Bond and some Broccolli.

    PQ and Sound shows what a restoration can do. BD Blast A1
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I have to say I was very impressed with the image transfer on this movie. It feels like watching a new movie all over again. The scenery and detail are stunning. Not the best Bond movie but certainly held my interest whenever I saw Maud Adams.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Except for the title song which is dreadful, this is a very good movie. Roger Moore in his second outing as Bond is still playing 007 in a tough manner. A lot of action in this movie and a great car stunt as well. This Bond is much better than normally reviewed.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Don’t listen to the clowns who can’t let go of Connery, TMWTGG is one of the hottest Bond films. The worst to me is Licence to Kill and Tomorrow Never Dies.

    I find it odd that the Bond Blu Rays from the late 70’s and the 90’s picture quality is not as clean as you would expect, but the 60’s and earl 70’s are on point! This film quality is what I would have to call perfect. It has film grain, but yet the detail is high and 3D. This is the way a BD should look. This is perfect. Do not hesitate on this one.

    My only complaint is that they did not release a 4th set and I had to buy the 2 new ones seperatley which broke up my collection appearance. I am not sure why this was done, but I don’t like it. I prefereed them individually, but the box set was always cheaper.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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