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The Man with the Golden Gun
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth James Bond movie and the second to feature Roger Moore. It contains some iffy material, but it's fairly mild and should be OK for teens. It shows guns and shooting, dead bodies with bullet holes and a little blood. There's fighting and car chases. We get sexual innuendo and several sexual situations. Nudity is frequently implied. Language is limited to "goddamn," "hell," "damn," and "ass." Pepsi signs are shown. Characters briefly smoke and drink. Fans of the Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings films may be drawn to this movie thanks to the presence of Christopher Lee as the villain. The movie is rated PG but might be closer to a PG-13 today.
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What's the story?
James Bond (Roger Moore) receives what looks to be a death threat: a golden bullet with "007" engraved on it. It can only have come from the legendary assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who uses a golden gun and charges $1 million per job. Bond decides to go after him, even though Scaramanga is a ghost; no one knows where he is or what he looks like. The plot grows more complicated when Scaramanga's sidekick Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize) steals a key piece of a solar power station. Bond must get it back while defeating the villains. Unfortunately, Bond and his MI6 helper Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) wind up imprisoned on Scaramanga's island, and the hunter is on the hunt.
Is it any good?
Though it's not one of the very best Bond films, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is still an enjoyable thrill ride, thanks in part to its top-notch cast. The suave Christopher Lee is a snaky, silky low-key bad guy, and future Fantasy Island star Herve Villechaize is his polite but vicious sidekick. Britt Ekland and Maud Adams are fine Bond girls, though they don't have the chance to show much strength. Throughout, Hamilton keeps up the pace and includes a number of solid chase scenes, fights, and exotic locations.
Director Guy Hamilton, of Goldfinger, returned to direct this ninth James Bond adventure. It was Hamilton's fourth and final time out on the series, and it was Roger Moore's second time in the lead role. He hadn't yet sunk into the silliness of his later films, although this movie does contain the unfortunate return of the comical redneck sheriff Pepper (Clifton James) from the previous film, Live and Let Die. (This time the sheriff is on an unlikely vacation in Thailand.)
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? How many characters have to die so Bond can save the world? Are there any consequences?
Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why, or why not?
What are the sexual situations in this movie like? How much is shown or not shown? How effective are these choices?
How are women portrayed in the movie? Are they realistic? Strong?
What makes a good movie villain? Are the villains in this movie appealing? What about their personalities makes them interesting?
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