When you have done many movies with the same hero there comes a time when the audience asks “when is the hero going to meet it’s match, it’s equal, someone who can match him or her.” Well this may be one of the closet answers to said question in the next Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun.” It is not the best Bond film, however the villain has gone down in history as one of the best.
Roger Moor returns as 007 who has been taken off his current assignment of locating a man that may solve the energy crises because of a threat to his life by famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) aka The Man with the Golden Gun, a famed killer who uses golden bullets and charges $1 million per bullet. Not one to back down Bond goes to find Scaramanga, and he gets help from M (Bernard Lee) Q (Desmond Llewelyn) Bond’s assistant Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) and Hong Kong Lieutenant Hip (Soon-Tek Oh) when it turns out Bond’s missions are more closely related than originally thought. Scaramanga also has some help in the form of his henchman Nick-Nack (Herve Villechaize) and his lover Andrea Anders (Maud Adams.) About as far as I can go without spoiling.
Now my views on Goodnight will be later, and boy there is a lot I have to say about her, so I’m going to move on to the rest of the characters. Scaramanga has been named as one of the best villains in a Bond film, well with Christopher Lee is it a surprise? Nick-Nack was a pleasant surprise in the film, I actually enjoyed him a lot. The other characters were also interesting. One of my favorite scenes is the boat and car chases in Bangkok it was such a joy to watch. However as I’ve said this is not the best Bond film, the writing is not up to par with other films and some of the humor doesn’t hit. Would I recommend this film though? if you like a good villain then yes.