Sir Roger Moore’s second James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) is paradoxically a classic Double-0 Seven feature that alienated audiences upon its release and threatened to bury the franchise. It is still one of the least financially and critically successful Bond films.
Ian Fleming’s 1965 novel is also often regarded as being his weakest, but the filmmakers tried to save the movie by casting the incomparable Sir Christopher Lee as the villain, Francisco Scaramanga, who is a dark reflection of James Bond.
The films boasts plenty of exotic locations and all of the stunts, humour, and beautiful women that are synonymous with the series, but it feels strangely incomplete, having been rushed into production to capitalise on the success of Moore’s debut as Bond in Live And Let Die (1973).
That said, The Man with the Golden Gun is very much a product of its time and has become a cult classic, even though the franchise needed a soft reboot after its release.
Alike many other Bond films, there is plenty hidden beneath the surface in this one...
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