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.
- Antagonist Title/Character Title: He's the titular "Man with a Golden Gun."
- Badass: His confrontation with Bond in the climax demonstrates that he's not your average Dirty Coward villain.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
- 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 Pays Better: Scaramanga invokes this in his Not So Different speech to Bond to illustrate the one difference between the two men as Scaramanga sees it. He can afford to live on an island paradise because he gets paid a million dollars per assassination contract, while Bond, as Scaramanga puts it, "works for peanuts; a hearty 'well done' from the Queen and a pittance of a pension."
- 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.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Scaramanga's gun fires a 4.2mm bullet. A caliber that small (.165) has no stopping power to speak of unless you hit a point guaranteed to be an instant kill, which he always does.
- 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.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: As mentioned above, he often wears a white suit, possibly in contrast to Bond's usual dark suits, or maybe as a reference to Bond's iconic white tuxedo from Goldfinger (Moore's Bond dons a white tuxedo briefly in this film).
- Not So Different: Scaramanga genuinely admires Bond's skill as an assassin.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Before starting the duel, Scaramanga has lunch with Bond. Superbly parodied here.
- 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.
- Scaramanga Special: The titular Golden Gun. Scaramanga combines specially designed parts disguised as a pen, a cigarette lighter, a cigarette box and a cuff link. The Trope Namer and Trope Maker.
- The Starscream: He overthrows Hai Fat and takes over his company.Scaramanga: "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.
- Wicked Cultured: As portrayed by Christopher Lee, Scaramanga is an urbane sophisticate who indulges in A Glass of Chianti.
- 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.
- Affably Evil: He's quite cheerful, courteous and pleasant. He's also the Big Bad's manservant.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He is comical, but he was about to kill Bond with a pitchfork before Hai Fat intervened.
- Dastardly Dapper Derby: He wears a small bowler hat at times.
- 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.
- The Dragon: He's Scaramanga's right hand man.
- Dragon Their Feet: Pissed off that Scaramanga's base blew up (since it was to be his after his death), he attacks Bond and Goodnight as they make their way back to civilization on the junk.
- Dragon with an Agenda: A weird subversion, in that the agenda is part of his job. He hires various assassins to kill Scaramanga to whom he can pit his skills against. If one of those assassins ever succeeds, Nick Nack will inherit all of Scaramanga's belongings.
- Nobody Here but Us Statues: He and the sumo wrestlers pull that trick in Hai Fat's house to ambush Bond when he goes through its garden.
- 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.
- The Ditz: Her defining characteristic seems to be her profound stupidity and/or silliness. Crosses into Too Dumb to Live after she tries to put a tracer in Scaramanga's car and ends up captured by him.
- Dumb Blonde: The most blatant example in the whole Bond series. Especially bad considering she's supposed to be a trained agent herself.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Scaramanga forces her to wear a bikini - a rare justification, it's so she can't have concealed weapons, a legitimate concern as Goodnight is (at least supposed to be) a trained agent.
- The Klutz: She bumbles and fumbles at seemingly anything she does through the film.
- Last Girl Wins: In the book, she was the last Bond Girl.
- The Load: She shows to be a liability to Bond on many occasions, especially at Scaramanga's island.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: For all her character's faults, a bikini-clad Britt Ekland is still a bikini-clad Britt Ekland, and it's still a spectacular sight.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- Too Dumb to Live: She puts life and limb at risk by doing things that one would think that someone who isn't even a trained agent, like herself is supposed to be, would know to not do.
- 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.
- Human Ladder: Bond stands on his shoulders to get a view into Hai Fat's residence. Despite seeing loads of security, Bond hops the wall and lets himself in.
- 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."
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: Andrea pulls a gun on Bond when he walks in on her in the shower.Bond: A water pistol?
- Cartwright Curse/Death by Sex/Disposable Woman: She gets killed by Scaramanga after having sex with Bond.
- Femme Fatale: She certainly gives the vibe, and milks it for all its worth when she visits Bond.Anders: You can have me too, if you like. I'm not unattractive.Bond: At last you're starting to tell the truth.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Justified and deconstructed. As shown in the movie, Scaramanga pretty much has her as his Sex Slave, and she wans to get freed of him. It's later revealed that she actually was the one who sent the gold bullet to MI6 and not Scaramanga, so that Bond would kill him.
- Ms. Fanservice: The pre-credits sequence has a lovely shot of her in a swimsuit.
- Sex Face Turn: Despite their rocky start due to Bond being unusually a Jerkass (even by his standards), she truly switches sides after he seduced her. She later claims to actually been attracted to him before it happened.
- Sex Slave: She has a luxurious life on Scaramanga's secret island, but she is virtually his slave.
- 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 Fancy House: He has one, wide enough to build his own mausoleum within its domains.
- 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.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hai Fat is the one who is actually after the MacGuffin, has most of the mooks, and his company paid for and built Scaramanga's evil lair.
- Retirony: He's been building a mausoleum for himself. Scaramanga kills him and has him put in it.
- Smug Snake: He treats Scaramanga, a Professional Killer, with quite some disdain. This proves to be his eventual undoing.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Scaramanga kills Hai Fat to usurp control of his enterprise and take the Solex. See Retirony above.
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.
- Butt Monkey: He gets it worst here, as in his last scene, Pepper is arrested by the Thai police, and as far as anyone knows, he's still in Thai prison.
- 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.
- Deep South: Probably the biggest example of this in the James Bond franchise.
- The Ditz: He still isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer...
- Fat Idiot: ... nor the slimmest, while on it.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: To the surprise of no one, he's this in Thailand.
- Large Ham: He's still at itJ.W. Pepper: I know you!''' You're that secret agent! That English secret agent from England!
- The Load: During the car chase.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Just like last time, pretty much his entire screentime is him making oddball and/or hysterical antics.
- The Sheriff: A loud, angry Deep South sheriff.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He tries to throw his weight around the Thai police. It doesn't work.
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 Belly Dancer 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.
- Belly Dancer: Saida is a Beirut belly dancer.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She speaks in a thick French accent.
- Innocent Bystander: She gets caught in the middle of a brawl in her dressing room in which some mooks (who apparently aren't related to the villains of the film) attack Bond.
- Ms. Fanservice: About par for the course for a belly dancer. Saida was originally written as overweight and wearing excessive make-up, but the producers decided to cast a woman closer to the classic Bond Girl.