The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)


Assassin Francisco Scaramanga, known as "The Man With The Golden Gun", has stolen a device which will allow him to control solar power for criminal purposes. Bond is assigned to stop him, but Scaramanga's Golden Gun has 007 in its sight.

Release Data
UK: 19th December 1974 (PG)
USA: 19th December 1974 (PG)
World Premiere: 19th December 1974 (Odeon Leicester Square, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 25th December 1980, IITV
US TV Premiere: 16th January 1977, ABC

Running Time: 125 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Budget: $7m
Worldwide Box Office: $97.6m
US Box Office: $20.1m
US Admissions: 10.25 million
UK Box Office: N/A

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Roger Moore
Mary Goodnight
Britt Ekland
Francisco Scaramanga
Christopher Lee
Andrea Anders
Maud Adams
Nick Nack
Herve Villechaize
Lt. Hip
Soon Taik Oh
Sheriff J.W. Pepper
Clifton James
Bernard Lee
Miss Moneypenny
Lois Maxwell
Desmond Llewelyn

Producers: Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman
Director: Guy Hamilton
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Tom Manckiewicz
Composer: John Barry

Scaramanga's Island, Chinese waters; London, UK; Beirut, Lebanon; Macau, China's Guangdong Province; Hong Kong; Bangkok, Thailand.

Pre-Credits Sequence
A waiter serves champagne to a couple and welcomes an old American man. The American is a hit man who is paid with an envelope full of cash. It turns out later that the servant hires people occasionally to keep his master sharp. The man is taken to a house full of wax works where he and the servant's master will duel. The servant goes to a control room to monitor the house whilst the two assassins do their business. The hired killer loses, and we see the servant's master shooting the fingers off a James Bond waxwork.

The title is used as a nickname for the villain Francisco Scaramanga, but it was originally the title of Ian Fleming's final James Bond novel.



Cut Scenes & Alternate Versions
The original teaser trailer features a short scene not used in the final film: While Bond is chasing Scaramanga on his island, he throws a Molotov cocktail and shoot it to explode into a ball of flames.

The airing of this film on "The Bond Picture Show" on ABC have edited Chu Me's rear nudity when James Bond meets her in Scaramanga's swimming pool. More waves were added to the water to obscure it.

The first American TV broadcast on ABC in the 1970s featured alterations to the opening credits to obscure partial nudity.

On the MGM DVD release, the complete ending to John Barry's score is heard when Bond kills Scaramanga in the fun house. On previous releases, the score is stopped abruptly when Bond fires, diminishing the effect.

Best Line
Bond: "I've never killed a midget before, but there can always be a first time!"

Bond: "Who would spend $1 million to kill me?"
M: "Jealous husbands. Outraged chefs. Humiliated tailors. The list is endless!"

Best Mistake
At the start, a rival assassin attaches a silencer to his gun, yet when he fires it the gun sounds normal.

Distinguishing Feature
Christopher Lee (Scaramanga) was a distant cousin of Ian Fleming and had originally been asked to play Dr No.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 2
Martinis: 0
Kills: 1
"Bond, James Bond": 2

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