This week our James Bond rewatch series brings us to 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun, the ninth entry into the franchise and the final effort directed by Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die).
Roger Moore's second turn as Bond sees him settling into the role with greater confidence, even if he's unfortunately saddled with one of the most forgettable and uninspired scripts in the whole series.
The high-points sadly have to compete with some extremely tough lows, particularly where it pertains to the overall plot, the movie's female characters and a tone that wavers all over the place.
Moore certainly appeared in sillier Bond films later in his tenure, but at least some of them had a far firmer handle on what they wanted to be, whereas this was honestly just a mess.
It's certainly one of the more "skippable" Bond movies if you're just cruising through the classics, and at times comes dangerously close to beating Diamonds Are Forever at its own awful game...
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