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The Man With The Golden Gun (Special Edition) (1974)

Roger Moore , Christopher Lee , Guy Hamilton  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Ian Fleming, Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Charles Orme, Harry Saltzman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RG63
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man With The Golden Gun (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Inside The Man With The Golden Gun Documentary
  • Double-0 Stuntmen Documentary
  • Exciting Still Gallery
  • Original TV Ads & Radio Spots
  • Collectible Making-Of Booklet

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The British superspy with a license to kill takes on his dark underworld double, a classy assassin who kills with golden bullets at $1 million a hit. Roger Moore, in his second outing as James Bond, meets Christopher Lee's Scaramanga, one of the most magn

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond May 26, 2001
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I know this one doesn't usually appear near the top of many critics' Best Bond Movie lists, but it's near the top of mine. Roger Moore was really in his prime in this one, and this was one of his tougher, more physical Bond performances. Moore has always been suave, and he posesses perhaps the best comic timing and delivery of any of the Bond actors, and he uses that well in Golden Gun. Also, in regards to the melody of the title song, and it's use throughout the movie, this is, IMO, the most effective scoring in the whole Bond series. There are great, exotic locales, exciting stunt sequences, and definitely one of the strongest villains in the whole series. I thought Lee's character of Scaramanga was perhaps a bit more realistic than many Bond villains, as he was more of an intelligent, psychotic loner rather than some megalomaniac set on world domination As a fan of the series, I also appreciated the Bond vs. Scaramanga final showdown as a nice change of pace from the common large scale "good commandos" vs. "evil army" battle that's used in a lot of Bond films. I also find the J.W. Pepper character to be one of the funniest in the series, so his appearance was a plus for me--this Bond movie had just enough humor to enhance the action and make it fun, without it going overboard and getting too cheesy, as they did with some of the later Moore movies. I just found this movie to be incredibly entertaining, and it just had that great Bond "feel" to it. Great picture and sound on the DVD, and a really cool documentary on the stuntmen and stunts from the whole series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Heals Old Wounds September 28, 2000
When I first saw "The Man with the Golden Gun" on its release I had mixed reactions about it. "Live and Let Die" had been such a departure from the James Bond we had been used to seeing, it was good to see some of the old elements return to this film.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Bomb July 5, 1999
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This film is a turkey. Plain and simple. I made the mistake of reading the book first, then seeing this movie. First of all: the Bond girls. First there is Mary Goodnight. Though a strong character in the book, she is a buffoon in the movie. She spends a lot of time scantly clad or trapped in a closet or the trunk of a car. At least she's pretty. Then there's Andrea Anders. She's not as pretty, but at least defend herself. However, she gives Bond some info about Scaramanga, and is bumped off. Another thing: the title character. Christopher Lee's Scaramanga just doesn't seem threatening, and at some points, we pity him. Nick Nack (a miniature Oddjob) steals the show. Even the 360-Degree car jump, the best stunt in the film, is ruined with a slide whistle-like sound effect. (Jeers for bringing back J.W. Pepper.) I do give the makers of this movie credit for one thing: they recovered from this dud and made "The Spy Who Loved Me", one of the best in the series.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The stangest Bond film of all April 4, 2005
`The Man with the Golden Gun' is an interesting Bond film that stands out from the rest although not necessarily for good reasons. There is a definite cheapness to the film that becomes apparent right from the opening scene which features a gun battle between Scaramanga and an unremarkable thug. The gunfight is held in Scaramanga's funhouse which looks like the set of a 1960's freak out movie. At one point the gangster is startled by a quintuplet of mechanical wax manikins dressed like prohibition era gangsters including Al Capone. The problem is that when the manikins' fire blanks at the thug Capone CLEARLY blinks... TWICE. Rather than pony up for actual wax manikins or re-shoot the scene they kept it as is. Near the end of the battle Christopher Lee's Scaramanga does some kind of sliding move down an incline in order to quickly retrieve his Golden Gun. The stunt looks ridiculous and that's the problem with the film, lots of parts look cheap and silly. Even the title song seems goofy. The song is sung by `Lulu' and features double entendres like `HE has a powerful weapon' and `he COMES just before the kill'. The pinnacle of silliness has to be the corkscrew jump half way through the film. It's one of the most amazing stunts in film history and the first one ever calculated on a computer. Unfortunately it's ruined by the playing of a cartoon slide whistle as the car soars and spins.

Want to know how cheap the film is? Bond's car is an orange AMC Hornet Hatchback.

Somehow, miraculously Roger Moore and Christopher Lee manage to retain their dignity throughout all the silliness. Christopher Lee's Scaramanga is nothing like the book version but in this case the movie vastly improves on the original character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bond in action !!
Great Bond movie and always one of my favorites.
Published 28 days ago by Retired _NG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like James Bond this one was a little different but a good movie
Published 1 month ago by Darnay Curry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Bad
Not too bad I guess. It's another James Bond movie. What can I say. We prefer the James Bond movies with Sean Connery. This one did have some good parts to it though. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Dunbar
4.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore was actually a very good 007.
Beautiful women. Despicable villain. Pretty good casting of 007. All the bases for a Bond movie are covered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by louisc
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond, James Bond, you never get tired of ...
Bond, James Bond, you never get tired of watching these films, I will get my money's worth out of this DVD.
Published 2 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars it is my Favorite because it is linked to Live and Let Die
Oddly enough, this movie almost broke the Bond franchise.
It did not play well at the Theaters

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Published 2 months ago by Javelin SST72
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
CD in good shape, no problems
Published 2 months ago by Show Stopper
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Great, I have all the entire in my collection. Just waiting for the next ones to come to the movies, thanks
Published 2 months ago by Gregory Broussard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bond with a twist
It's refreshing to watch a movie where acting, not visual effects prevail. Roger Moore is my favorite Bond of all.
Published 3 months ago by Mark D Perrin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid, if Slightly Bland, Return to Bond's Roots
A nice return to form for the series, after wading in cheese up to their knees with the preceding Live and Let Die. Read more
Published 3 months ago by drqshadow
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