The Golden Gun is the signature weapon of killer assassin Francisco Scaramanga. It first appeared as the titular weapon in Ian Fleming's posthumously published 1965 novel, The Man with the Golden Gun. In the novel it is merely a gold-plated .45-calibre revolver. In the 1974 film adaptation, the weapon is a custom-built, single-shot pistol assembled from four seemingly innocuous golden objects: a pen, a lighter, a cigarette case and a cufflink. Its popularity led to appearances in most of the James Bond video games.
In Ian Fleming's novel, the Golden Gun is a gold-plated Colt. 45 that carried gold dum-dum bullets with silver jackets. Scaramanga also carried a golden derringer whose bullet was coated with snake venom, as a backup weapon.
For the film, it is a single-shot weapon that fires a custom-made 4.2-millimeter (.165 calibre) golden (23-carat gold with traces of nickel) dum-dum bullet. Scaramanga used the Golden Gun in numerous assassinations of officials, political enemies, gangsters, and even a 00-Agent, Bill Fairbanks (002). Scaramanga later used the Golden Gun to kill British scientist Gibson and his own employer, Hai Fat. When Scaramanga was killed after losing a gun duel with James Bond, and his island destroyed, the Golden Gun was presumably also lost.
In London, a golden bullet etched with '007' is received by MI6; it is believed to have been sent by Scaramanga, but because no one knows of his appearance outside of having a third nipple, M relieves Bond of his current mission involving tracking an energy scientist named Gibson.
At a hint from Moneypenny, Bond sets out unofficially to locate Scaramanga, first by retrieving a spent golden bullet from a belly dancer in Beirut. He traces the bullet to a gun maker in Macau, and forces him to reveal how he ships the bullets. Bond follows the shipment carried to Hong Kong by Andrea Anders, Scaramanga's mistress. At her Peninsula Hotel room, he coerces her to expose information about Scaramanga, his appearance and his plans. She directs Bond to the Bottoms Up Club where Scaramanga snipes Gibson when he steps outside, and Scaramanga's midget assistant Nick Nack steals a small device called the Solex Agitator off his body. Bond, who had pulled out his pistol outside the club, is arrested by Hong Kong police lieutenant Hip. But instead of going to the station, he is transported to the wreck of RMS Queen Elizabeth in the harbour where he meets M and Q, and is assigned to work with Hip to retrieve the Solex.
Bond travels to Bangkok to meet Hai Fat, a wealthy Thai entrepreneur suspected of arranging Gibson's murder. Posing as Scaramanga by showing off his fake third nipple, Bond is invited to dinner, but his plan backfires because unbeknownst to him, Scaramanga himself is operating at Fat's estate. Bond is captured and placed inside Fat's martial arts academy, where the students duel to the death and then are instructed to kill him. Escaping with the aid of Hip and his nieces, Bond speeds away on a motorised sampan along the river, and reunites with his assistant, Mary Goodnight. Scaramanga subsequently kills Fat with his golden gun and assumes control of his empire and the Solex.
100-word review: Bond is sent after a stolen device that could solve the energy crisis, but also be used destructively. He's hindered by the titular golden gun wielder, elite assassin Scaramanga, who's got a bullet with James' name on it. Hard to believe this was directed by the same guy who did Diamonds Are Forever, because although The Man with the Golden Gun isn't much more sensical, it's a whole lot more streamlined. Satisfying Bond shenanigans, classic title song, droll comedy... if only they'd 'fix' Goodnight's character; how many more of these will end with Bond and 'his' girl drifting at sea.
The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth film in Eon Productions series of James Bond spy films, and the second to star Roger Moore as the dapper MI6 agent. It is a loose adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel of the same name, and sees Bond's life threatened by the infamous assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the titular "man with the golden gun" who charges a million dollars a shot for his services.
Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize) holds a Derringer on Bond, causing Bond to quip about the originality of "a gun in a bag of peanuts". Note: In the novel version of the film, Scaramanga also uses a gold plated derringer as his back up gun during the climax, which also housed one bullet as with the film's custom golden gun.
A giant 'prop' gun, the Solex Laser Gun is a piece of Hollywood Fiction. It is seen obliterating 007's Republic RC-3 Seabee amphibious Seaplane and is purely custom prop work (with a healthy helping of Special effects). Originally, the script called for the laser beam to be a "golden beam of laser light". However, time and budget constraints prevented the effect from being fully developed, and the sequence was eventually shown with no beam at all (which, ironically, is more realistic), which lent some confusion to Scaramanga's line, "So you see, I now am truly... The Man with the Golden Gun." 781b155fdc