The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
A thoroughly middle-of-the-road Bond film.
CW: Violence including violence against women, casual sexism, and sexual harassment.
This week, Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?! returns to the relatively safe harbor of mediocre Bond films. ‘Cause let’s be honest, anything would have been an upgrade from the garbage pile we witnessed last week. Roger Moore is really making his own space as Bond, and Christopher Lee really sells Scaramanga as a classic villain of the franchise, third nipple and all. On the other hand, both our Bond ladies are thoroughly one-dimensional, either the butt of jokes or the subject of Bond’s and Scaramanga’s violence. And then there’s the Wonderful World of Disney shooting gallery for Scaramanga…it’s just a bit much. it all evens out to middle this week as we review The Man With the Golden Gun!
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Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme," written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Excerpt taken from “You Only Live Twice,” written and composed by Leslie Bricusse and John Barry, and performed by Nancy Sinatra. ℗ 1967, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Clip from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service © 1969 United Artists Corporation and Danjaq, LLC.
Clips from The Man WIth the Golden Gun © 1973 United Artists Corporation and Danjaq, LLC.
Clip from Fantasy Island © Sony 1978 CPT Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Clip from Mulan © 2004 Disney, All Rights Reserved.
Excerpt taken from from "The Man with the Golden Gun," written and composed by John Barry and Don Black, and performed by Lulu. © 1974 Chelsea Records, United Artists Records.
Excerpt taken from from “Man with the Golden Gun," written and performed by the Alice Cooper group. ℗ © 1973 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Excerpt taken from from "Nobody Does it Better," written and composed by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, and performed by Carly Simon. © 1977 Elektra Records, United Artists Records.
Excerpt taken from “Thunderball” written and performed by Johnny Cash. © 1965, 2011 Sony Music Entertainment.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.