Man with the Golden Gun (50th Anniversary Repackage) [Blu-ray]
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The character of James Bond had been revamped in "Live and Let Die" in an attempt, I suppose, to dissociate Roger Moore's interpretation of Bond from that of Sean Connery's. In "Live and Let Die" gone were the "Martinis shaken not stirred," the Dom Perigone, Bond's virility, worldliness and sardonic wit. Even his wardrobe was over-the-top.
In "Live and Let Die" gone also was John Barry's score, Desmond Lewelin as Q, M's briefing at "Universal Exports" headquarters, the gambling casinos, engagingly futuristic and lavish sets, the sensuous and worldly bevy of Bond women.
"The Man with the Golden Gun" opens with Maurice Binder's gun barrel trademark, accompanied with the "James Bond Theme" this time played on strings, instead of guitar. That was a real innovation by John Barry, which he continued to use for Roger Moore. It was clearly evident Barry was back.
The first camera shot is of a surrealistically exotic locale on a beach where a beautiful girl towels down a tall ark man emerging from the water. The man is Scaramanga, the Man with the Golden Gun. John Barry's familiar background music accentuates the Epicurean surroundings and the film immediately looks like it has returned to more familiar Bondian territory.
As the film unfolded many of the aforementioned elements missing from "Live and Let Die" returned. There also seemed to be a more substantial plot as it initially unfolded. However, there were still undesirable elements that crept into the film as it progressed.Read more ›
Bond appears to be destined for an assassin's bullet when a gold one appears at headquarters with his name on it. With the help of the "Q" branch, it is determined that the source of the bullet and threat is coming from a mysterious gun for hire named Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). The search for Scaramanga leads Bond to Hong Kong and Macau and eventually to small islands in "red" China territory.
Actually the first half of the film is pretty convincing and set up pretty well. Then, out come the gags and J. W. Pepper (Clifton James), the dufus sheriff from Louisiana who is in the far east on vacation. Sure he is. Bond is also on the lookout for a small device which is some kind of trigger for harnessing the Sun's energy as a power source. Gee, 40 years later we still haven't figured it out.
All of this gobbledygook is just the lead-in to Bond and Scaramanga's eventual gun fight. You'll have to guess who wins. While Lee is very effective as a villain and Bond babes Maud Adams and Britt Ekland add visual spender, on the whole, "Golden Gun" must be considered one of the weaker Bonds.
This Blu ray transfer comes in 1080p with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. In general, the film looks pretty good. The colors are excellent and the night time scenes are well presented. Close ups are very good. Some of the scenes appear a little soft and you will see appropriate grain throughout. The audio was a little disappointing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best of the 23 Bond movies but not bad either. If you have ever visited Thailand...this one is a must.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Robert S. Hoover
Roger Moore is a boob. Going through the 007 series with my 17 year old daughter, we agreed to skip him.Published 1 month ago by Mark Staneart
I've watched this film a couple of times and what is the most memorable about it is the golden gun and the third nipple. I can remember no more. However it can entertain.Published 2 months ago by Product Tester
Forever a classic. Some film makers (not using names) need to follow in these footsteps & stop making garbage cinematography.Published 2 months ago by Joseph Green
Christopher Lee is the best part of this movie, hands down. Roger Moore (while being a nicer person than Sean Connery) is more slapstick and cheese than other Bonds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samantha from Saturn
Classic James Bond. For basic entertainment value, this movie ranks highly. Plenty of action, adventure, and great characters. The cinematography is also first rate. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger Weston