The Man With The Golden Gun

Year: 1974
Production Co: Eon productions
Studio: MGM
Director: Guy Hamilton
Producer: Albert R Broccoli/Harry Saltzman
Writer: Tom Manckiewitz
Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewellyn
This would have been a Bond film that came right before the every-ten-year 'reboot' the kind when the studio and producers get all fired up with doing after Bond gets just too ridiculous and over the top. In this case, the clincher would have been the huge unfolding satellite dish that sprouts from the crest of one of the iconic rocks of Phi Phi Island, Thailand, home of villain Scaramanga (Lee).

It's a personal vendetta against Bond as our hero received bullets inscribed with his number, a gift from the enigmatic, three-nippled assassin. Bond tracks Scaramanga and his creepy cohort (Herve Villechaize from Fantasy Island) to their very Bond-esque hideout and does battle with the cigarette-packet, DIY pistol of his nemesis on his own soil.

All the fixtures are in place, and it was an age where you could enjoy a Bond film without being made to feel guilty because it was a bit silly, without all the fanboy critics and producers wanting to ground it so much.

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