The Man with the Golden Gun
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The Man With the Golden Gun, Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond (Live and Let Die was the first), whisks our hero off to Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and then the South China Sea in search of a solar energy weapon. His opponent is Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who rules the roost on a well-fortified island. Scaramanga's aide-de-camp is Nick Nack, played by future Fantasy Island co-star Herve Villechaize. Britt Ekland plays the bikinied Mary Goodnight, whose clumsy efforts to help Bond thwart Scaramanga are almost as destructive as the elusive solar device. The Man With the Golden… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Roger Moore's interpretation of Bond is blandness personified."
‑ , Time Out
"This one has all the right ingredients to be a great Bond flick, I mean Christopher Lee is the main villain! I don't exactly know how they screwed this up, but they did."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Perhaps the most inconsistent of all James Bond pictures, with some outstanding moments and sequences sitting quite blithely next to absolute rancidity."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Even the theme song sung by Lulu is a real lulu."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The best Bonds, like the car that twirls, were sly without quite getting silly. The best Bonds also had Sean Connery, whose absence is sorely felt here."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"If you enjoyed the early Bond films as much as I did, you'd better skip this one."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"This is Bond by numbers: the fast cars, fast boats and fast women are all here, but there's little imagination at work."
‑ , Total Film
"the first film that actually allowed Moore to get into the role without having to live up to Connery"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It is proof that exotic locations, girls, one-liners and a couple of car chases don't necessarily add up to a decent Bond film."
‑ , Film4
"The comparatively spare arrays of mechanical devices seem more a cost-cutting factor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Man with the Golden Gun certainly isn't worth $1 million, but it's fine for the price of a video rental."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Why did a tale that could've been a bit ragged - and a nice stretch for Moore - become simply a so-so romp? Chalk it up to the franchise's nervous need to capitalize on other genres' zeitgeist -first, blaxploitation, and here, martial arts."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A diverting but typically silly Roger Moore entry in the Bond canon. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Roger Moore's Bond has got a rough deal over the year, but whilst this takes itself a little too lightly it has a lot going for it."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
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