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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Christopher Lee ... Scaramanga
Britt Ekland ... Goodnight
Maud Adams ... Andrea Anders
Hervé Villechaize ... Nick Nack (as Herve Villechaize)
Clifton James ... J.W. Pepper
Richard Loo ... Hai Fat
Soon-Tek Oh ... Hip (as Soon-Taik Oh)
Marc Lawrence ... Rodney
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Marne Maitland ... Lazar
Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
James Cossins ... Colthorpe
Yao Lin Chen ... Chula (as Chan Yiu Lam)
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Storyline

Scaramanga is a hitman who charges one million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realizes that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown? Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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He never misses his target, and now his target is 007. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Thai | Cantonese

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's The Man with the Golden Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Andaman Sea, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,972,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,972,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | 3 Channel Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Britt Ekland had been interested in playing a Bond girl since she had seen Dr. No (1962), and contacted the producers about the main role of Mary Goodnight. See more »

Goofs

When Andrea opens the shower door a flesh-colored pad covering her breasts is visible under the towel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francisco Scaramanga: Nick Nack! Tabasco!
Nick-nack: Right away, Monsieur Scaramanga.
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Crazy Credits

THE END of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond will return in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS/Fox video release is missing John Barry's score in the following scenes:
  • Bond's entrance into Hai Fat's home.
  • Bond's encounter with the two sumo wrestlers.
  • Bond's arrival and escape from Hai Fat's karate school.
  • Bond and Lt. Hip's pursuit of Scaramanga after the kickboxing match.
  • After Scaramanga murders Hai Fat and his following line 'He always did like that mausoleum... put him in it'.
  • Source music is also missing when Bond orders Phuyuck.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Bond #9: Scaramanga turns on the light
9 July 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The killer Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) uses a special golden gun for his assignments and has a rare birthmark on his chest. That's about the only things the movie has in common with the novel which played in the Caribbean region whereas the movie takes us to Thailand where Scaramanga secretly works with solar energy. Casting Herve Villechaize was an attempt to create a sidekick for Scaramanga like Oddjob had been to Goldfinger - a bit too silly in the end. Being a child of its time, "The Man With the Golden Gun" couldn't resist some kung fu - you see better martial arts in Hong Kong productions, though. Somehow parts of the movie seem too artificial, especially the mirror labyrinth where Scaramanga likes to practice the art of killing. But the beautiful islands will stick to your memory, and there is the most fabulous car stunt so far! There's an interesting promo photo for the movie, by the way: Lee and Moore back to back, gun in hand. This is not just a duel, this is also illustrating the idea of Scaramanga being a "dark Bond", his mirror image as a bad guy with the same skills, but different ideology. "We have so much in common, Mr Bond", Scaramanga says. "Ours is the loneliest profession."


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