Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton, 1974) Review

*DING* Controversial Bond review number 3! This is considered one of the worst Bond films of all time. I mentioned in my last review that the Bond series began to get pretty damn silly when Roger Moore took the reigns as Bond and this is considered the stupidest of them all. Did you notice I increased the 'Controversial Bond review counter (trademark Opinionated Movie-Goer 2012)' by one...that means I have a different opinion than the norm. Why? Let's find out!

A master assassin by the name of Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) possesses a unique golden gun which, when match with his expert skill, allows him to take out anyone in a single bullet. He has his eyes on his next target: James Bond (Roger Moore). Bond is called into service in order to investigate the death of a scientist linked with a solar panel experiment which Scaramanga has hijacked. Bond's new girl is Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), a Secret Services staffer.

I actually like this film. Yeah. This may shock some people considering that this is considered the worst but, nope, I do actually like this film. I think that Christopher Lee as Scaramanga is a great addition to the Bond rogues gallery and the eponymous golden gun is fantastic and one of the best things in the Bond franchise. Roger Moore brings back his suave yet comical charm that, yes, is very stupid in this film but by this point, I've come to accept the more comedic take on the franchise. This film also has one of the greatest stunts in film history: the 360 flip in a car. It is incredible!

There are problems though. Goodnight is a pretty incompetent and gets in more trouble than it's worth. It's forgiveable as there are much worse Bond girls. Another annoying person is Nick Nack, Scaramanga's henchman played by Herv√© Villechaize...he is very annoying. Watch it and you'll see why in the first couple of minutes. They also brought back J. W. Pepper (Clifton James) from Live and Let Die. Apparently he was popular...okay then...

The Man with the Golden Gun really doesn't deserve the hate that it gets. I do enjoy this film and was one of the most suspenseful Bond films (especially that climax!). Trust me, this film isn't as bad as everyone says it is. I would recommend you check it out if you like Bond films...the Roger Moore ones (it's weird going from Casino Royale to this one, I can assure you).

Verdict:
7/10
A misunderstood film. While it isn't the best, it definitely doesn't deserve the hate it gets.

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