With Skyfall dropping in theaters in just a few months, along with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, a close friend and fellow film nerd, Brandon Peters, has generously offered to do a comprehensive review of the entire 007 film franchise. Today is the eigth entry, with a full review of one of the very worst films in the franchise, The Man With the Golden Gun. I hope you enjoy what is a pretty massive feature leading up the November 9th release of Skyfall. I'll do my best to leave my two-cents out of it, give or take a few items I have up my sleeve (including a guest review from my wife as she sings the praises of her favorite 007 film, you won't believe what it is). But just because I'm stepping aside doesn't mean you should, as I can only hope for robust discussions in the comments section. Without further ado...
The Man With The Golden Gun
Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Maud Adams, Britt Ekland, Herve Villechaize
A duel between titans…my golden gun against your Walther PPK.
It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the force, but by our skills with a lightsaber.
Bond Girls: Mary Goodnight, Andrea Anders
Car: AMC Hornet
Locales: Hong Kong, Bangkok
Odd Villain Trait: Scaramanga has a 3rd nipple, Nick Nack is a dwarf
Song: “The Man with the Golden Gun” performed by LuLu
Right on the heels of Live and Let Die and a year later, James Bond returned in The Man With The Golden Gun (MWTGG). This is the film almost killed the 007 franchise. I’m sure down the road a reboot or additional film(s) would have eventually been made, but this one almost stopped it dead in its tracks. A lot of the film’s plot feels very tired and the movie isn’t very colorful regarding its performers and action. There’s not very much fun to have in this one.