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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

After receiving a golden bullet with James Bond’s code “007” etched into its surface M relieves Bond of a mission locating a British scientist, Gibson, who has invented the “Solex agitator”, a device to harness solar power, thereby solving the energy crisis. The bullet signifies Bond is a target of assassin Francisco Scaramanga and Bond sets out unofficially to find him. From a spent golden bullet, Bond tracks Scaramanga to Macau, where he sees Scaramanga’s mistress collecting golden bullets at a casino. Bond follows her to Hong Kong, where he witnesses the murder of Gibson and the theft of the Solex agitator. Bond is subsequently assigned to retrieve the agitator and assassinate Scaramanga.

Bond meets with Hai Fat, a wealthy Thai entrepreneur suspected of arranging Gibson’s murder, and is captured, but subsequently escapes. He tracks Scaramanga to an island in Red Chinese waters, where the two men fight a duel: Bond kills the assassin.

James BondDirectorProducer(s)Writer(s)ScreenplayEditorMusicTheme songBudgetGrossDistributed ByReleasedRunning Time
Roger MooreGuy HamiltonHarry Saltzman, Albert R. BroccoliIan FlemingRichard Maibaum, Tom MankiewiczRaymond Poulton, John ShirleyJohn Barry"The Man with the Golden Gun"
John Barry, Don Black (Composers)
Lulu (Performer)
$7 million$97.6 millionUnited Artists19 December 1974 (London, premiere)125 minutes