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The Man with the Golden Gun

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United Kingdom, United States, Thailand · 1974
Rated PG · 2h 5m
Director Guy Hamilton
Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams
Genre Adventure, Action, Thriller

A golden bullet has 007 engraved on it as it smashes into the secret service headquarters. The bullet came from the professional killer Scaramanga who has yet to miss a target and James Bond begins a mission to try and stop him.

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IGN by

Roger Moore's second outing as 007 does not do the subject matter justice. Or the character. Or any paying member of the audience.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Roger Moore is a pastry chef's idea of James Bond; but Christopher Lee as the archetype of the evil antagonist makes this 007 outing just about bearable.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Rarely does The Man with the Golden Gun take anything seriously. Mary Goodnight is as clumsy as they come. Pepper and Nick Nack are cartoonish. There are more jokes-per-minute than in any other Bond film. Even John Barry's score is less earnest than usual, and the opening song is ridiculous.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Enjoyment requires denying the increasingly problematic truth about Bond: As heroes go, 007 represents a bygone notion of the privileged white man taking what’s his and leaving destruction in his wake.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Roger Moore already seems winded in his second outing as Bond. And the film's comedic approach to martial arts justly rankles true 007 afficionados. Compensation comes in the form of Christopher Lee's delicious take on evil as Scaramanga and Herve Villechaize's verve as Nick Nack, Scaramanga's dwarf manservant.

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