Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Man with the Golden Gun

Continuing my quest to watch all of the Bond films in order, we watched The Man with the Golden Gun. Released in 1974, this is the ninth spy film of the British James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the British secret agent James Bond.

Filmed during the 1973 oil crisis, the film features a plot about solar lasers and circuitry. An adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of same name, the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device which can harness the power of the sun. He teams up with agent Mary Goodnight against Francisco Scaramanga – The Man with the Golden Gun. The action culminates in a duel between them.

The film was shot on location in Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, and Phuket. The scenes featuring the island hideout of Scaramanga are pretty spectacular and were filmed in Phang Nga Province in Thailand. The wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth in the Hong Kong harbor is also used as a location.

In addition to Roger Moore as James Bond, the cast includes Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga (an assassin), Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight (Bond's assistant in the Far East), Maud Adams as Andrea Anders (Scaramanga's mistress), and Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack (Scaramanga's servant).

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