The Man With the Golden Gun has so many nagatives going against it it's not even funny.
First off, the story is about the then relevant energy crisis of the 70's.
Secondly, Roger Moore plays Bond terribly here. I don't know what they told him to do but here he comes off as a cad at times with an attitude of toughness when Moore's stregths were his comedy. Scenes of him threaten Ms Anders were a real turn away to the Bond character and Moore is even one of my favorite Bonds. Speaking of being mean to the girls, that brings me to...
Third, Mary Goodnight. Britt Eckland is a lovely Swedish lass but an annoying personality but how bad is a Bond girl when even BOND starts to get fed up with her? Goof on Denise Richards all you want for being completely unbeliveable and having a stupid name, but I'll tell you one thing, she could do her job.
Fourth. The Bond movies at this point were pretty much being made up originally leaving Fleming's books behind. Fleming only got a rough draft completed of the original book and it's regarded as his weakest full length book. A weak movie stems from a weak book.
Fifth. The Sheriff. Live and Let Die brought in a redneck white sheriff named Pepper to offset the issue of the black gangsters being defeated by Bond. Here he's brought back for lame comic effect. Seeing him on a boat and insulting the enemy karate students is one thing but him tagging along with Bond in a car chase is another. 10 to 1 says that studio heads thought this was a good idea.
Sixth. The action is subpar. A long car chase with ugly cars, a karate fight that turns silly after a couple of girls take on a whole class of students and a rather suspense free climax.
Is there anything good? Well arguabbly Christopher Lee is the best thing in this movie and is probably the best villian in the whole series. An improvement over the books version of a world class assassin who has challenged James Bond to a duel. Lee has charisma to spare and could almost be called the evil James Bond.
Maud Adams makes her first appearance here as a Bond girl in the role of Scaramanga's tortured mistress, Ms Anders. Very beautiful and even sympathetic, why wasn't SHE the lead girl?
Herve Villacheze plays a pint sized version of Oddjob as Scaramanga's "heavy." Not to make a pun but don't take him lightly as he shows his mettle in a few scenes. Not my favorite henchman but certainly a memorable one.
Last is the locations, the far Eastern Orient locations are stunning. The islands that house Scaramanga's headquarters are unique and you definetly get that Bond feeling of going to far off locations.
Well 6 bad points over 4 good ones. Thats still a negative. Some people do like this one better then other movies in the series and it's not a boring movie, but it isn't very engaging and what it offers is lack luster (again pardon the pun). After this movie the production team was split and it took a little over two years and a lot of red tape to get back on track. Once back on track though, we got The Spy Who Loved Me. Sounds fair to me doesn't it Mr. Bond?
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