Golden Gun’s 40th anniversary: 007′s sacrificial lamb | The HMSS Weblog

Spot on with The Man With The Golden Gun not being the sum of its parts.
Moore gives an excellent performance. Christopher Lee is charmingly menacing as Scaramanga. The plot was topical for the time (and sadly, today, it is topical again). The locations exotic – islands were even renamed for the movie.
But there is just something wrong with Gun.  Something that alway makes me pass over it when I look at my Bond DVDs … Caroline Munro in The Spy Who Loved Me maybe?
The lackluster humor is the main hate I have for this movie.
J.W. Pepper should have been left in that swamp from Live and Let Die. The Karate twins should have stayed home and Britt Eckland should never, ever scream “James!” at all or drive “infernal bedpans.”
And a whistle on the best car stunt of the 1970s? Dub it out Eon.
And, mostly, when making a James Bond movie, the production should MAKE A BOND MOVIE.
Gun has all the cinema qualities of a CBS Movie of The Week about a cab driver and his drunk wife in Flatbush (but filmed in Burbank). I keep thinking Ed Asner should wander by and share a Shakey’s Pizza coupon with JW’s wife.  
The book was outstanding and could make a good Craig vehicle today. Gun the movie … well, Maud Adams is gorgeous and there’s that ship in Hong Kong Harbor.


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