The Man With The Golden Gun
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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 splender, 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 ›
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Cool yet campy Bond flick seems to borrow very heavily from Bruce Lee's Kung Fu masterpiece Enter the Dragon, which debuted a year earlier. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Elvis Manson
Although it is just okay there are moments that are absolutely great.
Keep in mind this rating is coming from a James Bond fan. This is a fun movie but I would encourage those who are not familiar with the movies to start with a different movie.Published 1 month ago by Russell Enoch
007 has been my favorite movie franchise for years but their are some entries that just aren't as good as others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Garrett
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