Countdown to Skyfall: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Countdown to Skyfall: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)

BOND: Roger Moore

DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die)

BOND GIRL(S): Britt Eklund (Goodnight); Maud Adams (Andrea)

COOL GADGETS: Sacramanga's titular golden gun is probably the coolest (it breaks into 5 different pieces), but it's actually another "tit" that steals the show: an imitation third nipple.

THEME SONG: "The Man with the Golden Gun," sung by Lulu.  Don't know who Lulu is?  Yeah, you're not alone.  Undeniably catchy tune despite some truly dumb-ass lyrics.

IMDB PLOT SUMMARY: Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him.

ICONIC MOMENTS: The loop-de-loop car jump is a fantastic stunt on its own, but the horrific whistle sound effect that accompanies it is what makes it a classic Bond moment, for better and for worse.

FUN FACTS: Bond girl Maud Adams would later appear in a different role in Octopussy.  Britt Eklund used to be married to Peter Sellers.

VERDICT: Golden Gun tries to ape many of the moments that made Live and Let Die so popular.  Extended chase sequence in the middle of the film?  Check.  More Sheriff Pepper?  Check.  This time though the filmmakers replace the Blacksploitation elements with Kung Fu.  It doesn't work.  Few things do here actually.  Goodnight is one lousy and annoying Bond girl who causes more trouble than she's worth - this becomes obvious when she sets off a weapon by backing into it with her butt.  The cheese factor is high in Golden Gun.  Christopher Lee is always a great screen presence but his Sacramanga villain is toothless and doesn't really get to do much.  The most distinguishing character trait given to Sacramanga is a third nipple (not unlike Chandler Bing).  More threatening and entertaining is Sacramanga's henchman, Nick Nack (played by Fantasy Island's Herve Villachaize).  Nick Nack owns this movie.  Apart from him, this is substandard Bond.  Even Moore phones it in here, and is already starting to look old and tired (which doesn't bode well for the 5 more movies he has to go).

GRADE: C-

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