Juck’s Thoughts on The Man With the Golden Gun

I’m in the process of watching every Bond movie, from the first to the most recent. I will be giving my thoughts on each film as I go along. Not many people have seen every Bond film, and so I feel that this should be an interesting journey. The franchise has been around for over  50 years for a reason. Let’s get started!

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Most Bond villains have characteristic deformations that set them apart from the average bad guy. In the Man with the Golden Gun, the villain has three nipples. Yes, Scaramanga has three nipples. I kid you not. Three nipples. Although the reality of this deformation perplexes me, and although there are few things stranger thus far into the Bond franchise, the Man with the Golden Gun was a real treat.

Roger Moore was energized in this installment, bringing good humor and charm to the screen. Entirely confident in the role, the man delivered a great performance. I am entirely satisfied with Roger Moore as James Bond.

The fight scenes were well done. I could feel each blow being dealt. Furthermore, the action was cut together properly. I found the watermelon headshot to be particularly enlightening. 

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Scaramanga, played by the late Christopher Lee, is an impressive villain despite the campy weight of his third nipple. He was a substantial, involved antagonist. There were instances where he seemed very much like Bond, making him seem a worthy adversary to the secret agent. To label Scaramanga an anti-Bond would not be a label too far off. Not many Bond films thus far have had a villain that has come across as being so…capable.

I was surprised to notice that Sheriff Pepper makes another appearance in the series. He is certainly more bearable this time around, although his presence is an enigma, as there is no reason for him to be touring a foreign country due to his evident intolerance of foreigners. Regardless, Pepper was fine. Perhaps unnecessary, but fine.

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The Man with the Golden Gun contains one of the greatest pickup lines I have ever heard. I am really going to have to try out, “You really do have a magnificent abdomen” on a lady some time soon. I will inform you of the results.

It is rare that I comment on the appearance of the Bond girls, but I must make an exception for Mary Goodnight, played by Britt Ekland. She was easy to look at.

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This installment in the Bond franchise was a jolly good time. It was paced well, it contained great action sequences, and it displayed Roger Moore as a believable James Bond. The Man with the Golden Gun is a strong Bond film that is certainly setting up Roger Moore for many more successes as Agent 007.

~Juck

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