The 1974 movie, "The Man with the Golden Gun," stars Roger Moore in the ninth James Bond series. Bond seeks a device that can harness the power of the sun in this loose portrayal of Ian Fleming's novel set in southeast Asia. Two parallel plots eventually merge together. In the first, the villain Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee, attempts to kill Bond with a bullet engraved with "007." At the same time, the villain and the British government search for a part to a solar energy converter that will give the owner control of solar energy.
Nick Nack, played by Herve Villechaize, a dwarf who is Scaramanga's servant, hires a gangster, Rodney, to kill the villain. However, Scaramanga turns the tables on his assassin and kills him first. Rodney and Scaramanga have planned this challenge to sharpen the villain's skills. Scaramanga plans to next kill James Bond. Meanwhile, Bond tells his boss, played by Bernard Lee, that Scaramanga charges $1 million for an assassination and uses gold bullets, thus the nickname, "The Man with the Golden Gun." The boss tells Bond to go to Beirut after showing him a bullet with "007" on it. Bond ponders why anyone would want to kill him.
Beirut and Hong Kong
In Beirut, Bond connects with another woman who has kept the bullet that killed her lover, "00." Bond swallows it during an intimate moment with the woman. Bond's associate identifies the manufacturer as a man, Lazar, played by Marne Maitland, from Macau. Bond threatens Lazar who leads him to an order for more bullets. While Bond looses the tail in Hong Kong, he finds Scaramanga's associate and lover. She eventually leads him to the villain who shoots a man. Police arrest Bond as a suspect in the murder of Gibson, a solar energy expert. At a ship, Bond is given a report of the powerful Solex Agitator, a solar energy device. A Chinese gangster has hired the villain but because they have not met face-to-face, Bond successfully impersonates Scaramanaga.
Bond travels to Bangkok, unaware that the villain does know Hai Fat, the Chinese gangster played by Richard Loo. Hai Fat's servants subdue Bond, but they fight, and Bond emerges victorious. He escapes to his hotel. Bond makes a deal with Scaramanga's assistant to kill the villain in exchange for the Solex. However, the villain discovers her betrayal and kills her. Bond confiscates the Solex from her purse. After a wild car chase, Scaramanga takes off in a plane with Bond's assistant on board.
Bond learns the villain has returned to his island and pursues him there. Scaramanga destroys Bond's plane with the Solex. The villain wants to sell the the technology to the highest bidder. He and Bond agree to a match to see who is the best marksman. Bond pretends to be a wax dummy and kills Scaramanga. He finds his assistant and the two escape as the villain's compound is about to self-destruct. However, Nick Nack attacks Bond, who locks him in small cage. The final scene shows Bond and his assistant beginning a romantic encounter, only to receive a phone call from Bond's boss, which they ignore.
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