Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sir Christopher Lee Week: The Man with the Golden Gun

Welcome one and all to Day 1 of Sir Christopher Lee Week. With the roles of wretched scum and villainy, I thought we would start the week off with a memorable character other than Dracula. Yeah way to branch out I know. The fact that I have reviewed almost all of his portrayals of said character might have been a definitive role in this review but let that not bother you. Instead, I felt a particular Bond villain might just be the ticket to kick this week off right. That being said, Bond is led to believe he is being targeted by the world's most expensive assassin and must get the jump on him before he succeeds in killing Bond. This is The Man with the Golden Gun.

Light Cotton Polyester Blend: Beloved by hit men all over the world.

A million dollars buys a fair amount but one transaction you may not have considered is a hit-man giving you piece of mind. Saramanga (Christopher Lee of Horror of Dracula, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Umbracle, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Three Musketeers, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Ivanhoe, Soul Music and GoldenEye: Rogue Agent) an accomplished marksman created by the KGB is said to require only one shot to complete his contract.

A fellow double 0 turns up dead and Scaramanga is laid the blame with the caliber comes out as gold. Bond (Roger Moore of Ivanhoe, The Saint, Maverick, The Persuaders!, Live and Let Die, The Sea Wolves and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is on assignment to find out what brings an assassin out of the shadows. A golden bullet is delivered to MI6 as a warning to Bond or perhaps a challenge? A brillant new solar power cell called the solex agitator draws in more solar power than any before and could be the next step into eliminating the need for fossil fuels and uranium deposits. Gibson, the scientist trying to give this to MI6 fails to deliver when he is shot by Scaramanga on Bond's watch.

Your timing is appalling.

Assuming all along the target was Bond, Gibson is shot straight through the heart causing instant death. The caliber is identical as the previous of an unusual caliber meaning a superior craftsman made this firearm giving Bond the first lead in his mission. Following a girl that is meant to pick up bullets from the gunsmith to Hong Kong he begins to find out just what sort of a man his opponent is and the drive and ambition he possesses. Will Bond be able to stop this assassin? Can Scaramanga convince Bond to join him in the same line of work?

A few fun facts on the film.

While shooting in Thailand the cast and crew were put up at one of the local bordellos. When going to Johnny Carson Show, Christopher Lee had his Golden Gun confiscated by US Customs until they were certain it was not a real lethal weapon. Christopher Lee wore full body makeup to give off the appearance of a tan.

Herve' Villechaize (Nick Nack) commented to Roger Moore that he could never get a hotel room above the first floor. Baffled at this, Moore asked him why when Villechaize responded with couldn't reach the buttons in the elevator.

I can explain the twin Chinese girls, sir.