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Friday, March 4, 2011

Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

After receiving a gold bullet with 007 imprinted on it, James Bond (Roger Moore) goes to the Far East in search of the professional assassin Scaramonga (Christopher Lee), the notorious "man with the golden gun", who Bond believes has targeted him. The ninth entry in the James Bond franchise is one of the 3 or 4 weakest entry in the series. Moore still hasn't shaken off the ghost of Connery and made Bond his own which he would do in the next entry, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. The overly complicated plot (dealing with a solar device that can harness the sun's energy) is pedestrian and the film makes the mistake of bringing back Clifton James as a racist, redneck sheriff who was so annoying in the previous entry LIVE AND LET DIE, who is doubly so here. Lee, however, makes for a fine villain and his island getaway in the China sea is a small marvel, thanks to Peter Murton's production design. The film, understandably, doesn't seem to have inspired John Barry who gives the film a routine score with a poor title song by a shrieking Lulu. Britt Ekland and Maud Adams are the Bond girls, Herve Villechaize is Lee's malicious handy man. Directed by Guy Hamilton and with Marc Lawrence, Soon Tek Oh, Richard Loo, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn.

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