Characters: The Man with the Golden Gun
Characters specific to The Man with the Golden Gun. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
Played by: Christopher LeeA former Rio Gunman who worked for the KGB before going freelance as a high profile assassin.Christopher Lee found the role to be one of his favorites. Did we mention he was Ian Fleming's cousin?
- Affably Evil: Unlike other villains, he genuinely respects Bond. It won't stop him from killing him though.
- Adaptation Distillation: The literary version is little more than a Spanish gangster. Christopher Lee makes him an urbane sophisticate with a taste for murder.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His gun and bullets are made of pure gold.
- Cool Car: An AMC Matador that comes with attachable wings and jet engine!
- Death Course: Scaramanga keeps a fun house of murder.
- Depraved Homosexual: The literary version is accused of being so. The movie version is a stated heterosexual sadist, though he seems to have a bit of a "guy crush" on Bond.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Hai Fat believes Scaramanga is his Dragon. Scaramanga corrects him most painfully.
- Evil Counterpart: Scaramanga is Bond without his loyalty to Britain or his (dim) code of chivalry towards women. And unlike Bond, he enjoys killing people, and has no real scruples about who he kills.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As per the course for a Christopher Lee villain.
- A Glass of Chianti: Movie version only.
- Kick the Dog: Scaramanga kills his girlfriend more or less so the audience has a reason to hate him. Even then, she's guilty of plotting to murder him.
- Klingon Promotion: Scaramanga takes over Hai Fat's company this way.
- Just Between You and Me: Justified Trope. Scaramanga's plans for the Solex Agitator have no bearing on whether or not Bond or he survives their upcoming duel.
- Light Is Not Good: He often wears a white suit.
- Not So Different: Scaramanga genuinely admires Bond's skill as an assassin.
- Pet the Dog: Genuinely cared for an African bull elephant, his only companion in his youth. Also, harbours no malice towards Nick-Nack trying to have him killed in order to gain all his money.
- Professional Killer: To quote the theme: "One golden shot means another poor victim, has come to a glittering end..."
- Psycho for Hire: Scaramanga does not take lip from anyone. Even employers.
- Red Right Hand: A third nipple on his chest.
- The Starscream:"Mr Fat has just resigned. I'm the new Chairman of the Board."
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: A Chinese junk, that is.
- Weapon of Choice: Scaramanga chooses to use a one bullet gun because extra bullets would imply he misses. He keeps an extra (and normal) gun, of course, plus a sizeable collection. The literary version uses a more conventional gold plated Colt SAA and a gold plated Derringer as backup.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees Bond this way.
Played by: Hervé VillechaizeScaramanga's dwarf manservant. He has struck a deal with him, where he routinely hires killers to take his boss out as a part of his training, and Scaramanga has promised him everything if one were ever to succeed.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He is comical, but he was about to kill Bond with a pitchfork before Hai Fat intervened.
- Depraved Dwarf: Downplayed. He's Affably Evil at all times, but he does work for a renowned contract killer, and does not hesitate to try and kill others when he feels like it.
- Personal Mook: When not trying to get his boss killed, he cooks and serves drinks.
- Poirot Speak: Peppers his speech with French.
- Psychotic Smirk: He usually does this when taunting Bond, and sports one when putting Scaramanga in one of his assassination challenges at the beginning of the movie.
- Punny Name: Nick Nack derives from the word knick-knack, which means a trinket or a small ornament.
- Real Men Cook: Even Bond himself is impressed and insists on finishing the meal before the climatic duel.
- The Starscream: And Scaramanga has no illusions otherwise.
Played by: Britt EklandField agent working in Macau who joins Bond (much to his dismay) to help in the Scaramanga case. She's James Bond's secretary in the Ian Fleming novels. Important character in the books, but is considered to be an idiotic Bond girl in the movie.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Mary Goodnight is described as a brunette in at least one of the novels she appears in. She is blonde in another one, but that appears to be a continuity error.
- Last Girl Wins: In the book, she was the last Bond girl.
- The Millstone: Some Bond girls are ultimately useless. Mary's the one Bond girl who's even worse than that. She contributes to the plot in ways that make her an actual hindrance, which is worse than normal because she's supposed to be a trained agent herself.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: A particularly glaring example. In the original novels, she was a capable and intelligent field agent, and ultimately the girl Bond ends up with in the end. In the film, she's incredibly stupid and an active liability for Bond whenever she's on-screen. Bond acts annoyed with her, justifiably, for almost the entire film.
Played by: Soon-Tek OhBond's local MI6 contact in Hong Kong and Bangkok.
- Badass Family: His nieces have a father who runs a karate school, and it shows.
- Delivery Guy Infiltration: Disguises himself as a popcorn vendor at the sumo match where Andrea Anders is supposed to hand the Solex unit over to Bond.
- Kidnapped by an Ally: Bond doesn't find out that Hip is an ally until well after being arrested by him.
Played by: Maud AdamsScaramanga's mistress. Adams described the role as "a woman without a lot of choices: she's under the influence of this very rich, strong man, and is fearing for her life most of the time; and when she actually rebels against him and defects is a major step."
- Manipulative Bitch: Sympathetic as she is, the entire film is her doing, making Bond assume that Scaramanga was out to get him when he wasn't.
- Suspect Is Hatless: As Bond talks to her about Scaramanga.Bond: How will I recognize him?Anders: Tall, slim and dark.Bond: So's my aunt.Anders: Yes, but how can I tell you? He's not like other men. [gestures toward her chest] He has three...Bond: Fascinating anatomical tidbit. But probably the most useless piece of information I've ever heard. Unless, of course, the "Bottoms Up" is a strip club and Scaramanga is performing.
- You Look Familiar: Maud Adams later played the titular female lead role in Octopussy and had an uncredited cameo in A View to a Kill.
Played by: Richard LooThai millionaire industrialist who hired Scaramanga to assassinate the inventor of the Solex Agitator and steal it.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Hai Fat imagines that he is in charge or at least part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Francisco Scaramanga in their plot to steal the Solex device, but once the assassin has what he wants, he quickly uses his signature weapon to slay Fat and then takes over his company.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Puts Bond in his martial arts school instead of having him killed while he is unconscious.
- Retirony: He's been building a mausoleum for himself. Scaramanga kills him and has him put in it.
Sheriff J.W. Pepper
Played by: Clifton JamesThe uncouth Louisiana sheriff who appeared in Live and Let Die. He took a vacation to Thailand with his wife.
- Comically Missing the Point: When he believes that Bond is talking to his superiors (while he is talking with Mary Goodnight actually, who is trapped inside Scaramanga's car trunk), he takes the microphone and asks "them" to call his wife.
- The Load: During the car chase.
Played by: Marne MaitlandA Portuguese artisan gunsmith based in Macau who manufactures golden bullets for Scaramanga.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost occurs. Bond threatens to shoot him in the groin with his own rifle for people with missing fingers if he doesn't give him satisfying bits of information about Scaramanga.
- Only in It for the Money: Makes bullets for killers, regardless of what they do with it.
- Rare Guns: Manufactures unique weapons, such as rifles specifically designed for people with missing fingers.
Played by: Carmen du SautoyA bellydancer in Beirut, she was with Bill Fairbanks (002) the night he was shot by Scaramanga. She kept the damaged golden bullet as an amulet in her navel until Bond stole it during the brawl in her dressing room.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She speaks in a thick French accent.