A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
Scaramanga is a hit-man who charges a million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realises that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown? Written by
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The corkscrew car jump was apparently conceived several years before the movie went into production. Researchers at Cornell University were studying rollover collisions for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and they did a computer simulation of the barrel roll stunt used in the film. Race car driver Jay Milligan, who is the promoter of the American Thrill Show during the 1960s and 1970s, with the sponsorship of the American Motors Corporation, performed the barrel roll stunt, known as the Astro Spiral Jump, and it debuted on January 12, 1972, at the Houston Astrodome, using an AMC Javelin. Milligan was contacted by Albert R. Broccoli during an American Thrill Show performance in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he wanted the stunt performed in a James Bond film. Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli allegedly took out patents and copyrights on the stunt, as they did not wish it to appear in another movie before they had used it. The three hundred sixty-degree car-spiralling jump over a canal, was performed in just one take by uncredited British Stuntman 'Bumps' Williard as eight cameras simultaneously captured the spectacle. So potentially hazardous was the nature of the stunt, divers, ambulances, and cranes were on standby alert, in case of any catastrophic consequences. The stunt was so rapid, that the film is shown in slow motion. Williard was given a large bonus for completing the jump on the first take. Jay Milligan performed the driving stunts with the AMC Hornet used in the film. AMC provided fifteen vehicles used in the film (some of them where AMC Matador police cars). There were two AMC Hornets used for the spiral jump stunt, and one of them is owned by Jay Milligan, which is the back-up vehicle, while the other one is in a museum. The jump is also credited with being the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer modelling. See more »
Gold, especially pure gold, is a very soft metal which is damaged easily. It's hard to imagine a worse material to use as bullet casing which requires a very robust metal to withstand the explosion of the gunpowder used to propel it. See more »
Roger Moore's second outing as Agent 007 puts him against the evil trick shot artist/assassin, Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Hailed by many Connery fans as the film that marked the downfall of the 007 franchise, 'The Man With The Golden Gun' turns out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the entire series and one of the 'better' Roger Moore films. 'Gun' does take some getting used to, in fact, more times than not, you need to see it a few times to really begin to enjoy the film.
The cast is great, one of the better ones of the entire series. There are two leading ladies in this film, the wonderful Maud Adams, who would later star in Octopussy (1983), and the terrible Britt Ekland who just acts so dumb and hopeless that it almost angers viewers. The villain Scaramanga is top notch as well as his comical, yet silently evil assistant, Nick Nack, played by French painter Herve Villechaize. The plot of the film is very interesting, the locals are exotic (which is always an extremely important part of a bond film), and Roger Moore continues to develop his character from a Connery-clone to putting his own, charming spin on 007.
All-in-all, 'Gun' is another good 007 adventure and is quite possibly the 4th best Roger Moore Bond film. Any fan of the series should give it a second look before they hail it as 'bad'.
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