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

Roger Moore , Christopher Lee , Guy Hamilton  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RG63
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,968 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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24 of 27 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Middling Bond: An Average Bond, No More, No Less March 29, 2007
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is a bit of an odd entry in the Bond series. Overall, the film feels a bit "cheap" compared to the films that immediately followed it. The sets are not quite elaborate enough and appear flimsy, the locations are not exotic enough, and the villain is no supervillain. Despite these faults, however, I must say that I enjoyed THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN more than its predecessor LIVE AND LET DIE. The film does not feel quite as dated and the filmmakers seemed to have wanted a bit of a harder edge on Moore, now in his second outing. Thus, while THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN certainly fails to make it into the top five of the Bond series, it is no slouch and one of the better Moore films.

After the opening "gun barrel" sequence, we suddenly open up on a beautiful private island beach and get our first glimpse at the film's villain, Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) and his diminutive manservant Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize). Nick Nack plots an assassination attempt against his boss by hiring an assassin to take him out. After a duel throughout Scaramanga's house of mirrors studio, Scaramanga dispatches with the assassin with a single bullet from his trademark golden gun. Apparently, Scaramanga plays such games in order to keep his edge. The scene closes on a life-size replica of Bond himself before fading into the opening titles. The titles are another Maurice Binder treat, featuring the golden gun seamlessly blended with the silhouettes of acrobatic women twirling on its barrel. Despite the artistry, however, the title song is one of the worst in the entire series, with awful lyrics to boot--quite a letdown after the McCartney song in LIVE AND LET DIE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
If you like Roger Moore this is for you.Kid of a follow up to Live and let Die,plus it has it's funny moments.
Published 6 days ago by drs1964
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man With The Golden Gun
This Movie is one of my favorites. If Your a fan of James Bond this is a movie to add to your collection.
Published 27 days ago by Denise M. Bristow
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic but enjoyable Bond
The Man With The Golden Gun features all the standard Bond elements: a crazed villain poised to take over the world, exotic locales, a car chase, and a close escape from a secret... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jon Corelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Bond with Christopher Lee
The Man with the Golden Gun is one of my favorite Bond movies. One of the reasons is Christopher Lee who is perfect to play a Bond villain having played Dracula and other horror... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cagneyfan67
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Moores best
With an excellent soundtrack, and a more serious portrayal of Bond by Roger Moore, this is one of my top 5 Bond movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruby Relic
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Bond
We gave this to my son for Christmas. We love James Bond so we will get alot of bonding time with our 007 movies.
Published 3 months ago by Jacob Fawson
2.0 out of 5 stars The only good thing about this film.......... the performance of Sir Christopher Lee. "Mr Fat has just resigned. I'm the new chairman of the board." AWESOME!
Published 3 months ago by jfehl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I bought this for my 14 year old son, and watched it with him. I had forgotten what a good movie it was! Worth seeing it and all the Bond movies again.
Published 3 months ago by Jerry Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond!
I enjoy movies; James Bond movies are adventurous, exciting & entertaining. All the actors that have played the character James Bond have done a great job.
Published 3 months ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, great quality.
If you're a fan of Roger Moore, or of James Bond, this is a good movie nonetheless. At times more campy, at times less than other Bond movies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin Inman
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