The one withChristopher Lee driving the flying car.In this ninth James Bond film, MI6 receives a gold bullet with "007" etched into its surface. M believes this to be a message from Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), a KGB-trained assassin (because we need to add the Commies into the mix somehow), announcing that Bond is the killer's next $1 million hit. Oh, there's also a missing solar power device needed to prevent an impending energy crisis.This was the first Bond movie allowed to be screened in the Kremlin, where a Russian official told Cubby Broccoli that the KGB clearly didn't train Scaramanga very well. Possibly because there is only one mention of them in the entire movie. (Red China, on the other hand ...) It's also the last film that Harry Saltzman worked on.
This film contains examples of:
Action Girl: In a delightful subversion of the Faux Action Girl trope, two karate-kicking schoolgirls save Bond from a gang of mooks while he looks on in appreciation.
Adaptation Decay: The only things this film has in common with the novel are the villain being a crack shot named Fransico Scaramanga, and the fact that he uses a gold-plated gun. That's it.
Affably Evil: Scaramanga. Nick Nack is also quite cheerful, courteous and pleasant.
Asian Drivers: For the most part averted, but one driver in the car chase through Bangkok is so distracted cursing out Scaramanga that he drives his car onto a fruit cart and crashes into another car.
Auction of Evil: Though only if you consider multinational power companies evil. Scaramanga intends to sell the secret of the Solex Agitator to the highest bidder, granting them a monopoly. Or he'll take money from the Arab oil companies to keep solar power off the market.
Badass Driver: Bond, who performs a whole manner of (very real) stunts in the car chase. Scaramanga for that matter (in fact, Christopher Lee was credited as a stunt driver).
Ballistic Discount: Bond questions a gunsmith about a custom bullet he made by, in part, threatening to shoot him with a rifle the man is making for a customer who has lost 2 fingers on his right hand and needs something custom balanced. Apparently, the rifle fires an inch below the target for people with 5 fingers. Bond proves this by shooting at, and missing, the gunsmith's wedding tackle.
Bavarian Fire Drill: Bond attempts (and succeeds) to masquerade as the villain, Scaramanga, to a Thai entrepreneur — by actually pasting a third nipple on himself and hanging out proudly by the pool. He's gambling on the idea that that the entrepreneur and Scaramanga have never actually met in person, and that the entrepreneur would only know Scaramanga by his identifying physical oddity. The plan actually works but then Bond gets found out and used for practice by a Thai krabi krabong school. Turns out, Scaramanga was RIGHT THERE!
Bond takes up Hai Fat's invitation to join him for dinner in his mansion while pretending to be Scaramanga, not knowing that the real Scaramanga had already gotten in touch with the guy. When he arrives there late at night, he's incapacitated by some guards in an ambush. As they're about to kill him, Hai Fat forbids them from doing so because he doesn't want Bond killed in his home. They'll just take him somewhere else to finish him off right? Nope. Hai Fat has Bond placed in a krabi krabong school to... get beaten up? Maybe?
Justifiably invoked by Scaramanga late in the film; he freely admits that he could have used his solar-powered laser to blow up Bond's plane before he even landed on the island, but chose not to do so because of how unsatisfying it would be.
Convection Shmonvection: We're told that the beam of concentrated sunlight, which goes through open air with no isolation from the machine's operator, heats up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Bond later has it lit up a few centimeters from his face.
Slightly averted, at least by this trope's usual standards. Bond is clearly shielding his face and in considerable discomfort from being so close to the beam. He really should be bursting into flames from his proximity to that much heat, but it's notable that he's affected by it as much as he is.
Cool Plane: The Republic RC-3 SeaBee seaplane which Bond uses to fly to the Supervillain Lair, donated by a wealthy American James Bond fan (though only on the condition he fly it himself. Which he did, all the way from the United States to Thailand).
Death Ray: One of the few supervillain tropes in this movie.
Scaramanga: Now that's why I call solar power.
Bond: That's what I call trouble.
It "realistically" fires an invisible laser beam, but this only occurred because the special effects team didn't have the money to make the "golden beam of laser light" the script called for.
Defictionalisation: The Bottoms Up strip club kept the same interior used in the film until it closed in 2004. The island which is Scaramanga's hideout (Ko Tapu or Nail Island) was virtually unknown to outsiders — it's now called James Bond Island and is an overcrowded tourist attraction (much to the annoyance of Christopher Lee when he took his wife there). Longtail boats are also referred to as "James Bond boats" in Thai tourist advertisements.
Dragon-in-Chief: Scaramanga. Hai Fat refers to him as his "junior partner", and 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. But there's a reason he's not the title character.
Dumb Blonde: Mary Goodnight, the most blatant example in the whole Bond series. Especially bad, considering she's supposed to be a trained agent herself.
Evil Counterpart: Scaramanga is essentially Bond if he were a freelance killer with fewer scruples.
Evil Laugh: One of the features of the funhouse is a recording of Scaramanga doing a deranged version of this.
Evil Pays Better: This is part of Scaramanga's 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".
The scene where Mary Goodnight's bikini-clad butt keeps knocking against the Big Red Button activating the killer laser. Sure, it's a Crowning Moment Of Stupid, but who's going to argue with a tight close-up of Britt Ekland's booty?
Were it not for the ripples of the water in the pool, Chu-Mi's one appearance would constitute full-frontal nudity.
Going Commando: Bond encounters Chu-Mi, a beautiful Thai girl swimming in Hai Fats' pool, who invites him to join her.
Bond: I don't have any swimming trunks.
Chu-Mi: Neither do I.
Go-Go Enslavement: Scaramanga forces Mary Goodnight 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.
Two young karate-kicking Asian schoolgirls aid Bond from within a fight against a couple of mooks and near the end of the battle, one of the mooks gets kicked in the balls from behind by one of the schoolgirls, which causes Bond to be most impressed by it.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Scaramanga's golden pistol is constructed from what appears to be an ordinary gold cigarette case and lighter, a gold pen, and a cufflink, thus enabling him to take it out and assemble it in full view of his victim without them realising what he's doing until it's too late.
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.
Keep in mind though that in this one, he also has a target on his back from the beginning, so like most other people who are being threatened, he's understandably willing to go to extreme lengths to save his hide. Of course, it still doesn't justify everything he does, but it's got to play a part in some of his actions.
Kidnapped by an Ally: Bond doesn't find out that Hip is an ally until well after being arrested by him.
Kingpin in His Gym: Scaramanga has a warped relationship with his diminuative manservant Nick-Nack; in the event of his death, Nick-Nack inherits everything...in return for Nick-Nack actually trying to kill him by hiring the best assassins in the world for Scaramanga to pit his skills against.
Land Of Dragons: Two different locales, actually, none of them the mainland. The first is Hong Kong, the second is Scaramanga's island lair, somewhere in the Chinese-controlled part of the South China Sea.
Load-Bearing Boss: Averted. Scaramanga's death has no impact on the collapse of his lair, which was the result of Goodnight shoving Scaramanga's technician into a liquid helium vat, which destabilized the power station.
Missing Trailer Scene: The original theatrical trailer contained scenes from the showdown on the beach between Bond and Scaramanga that were cut from the final release.
Mooks: Averted. As opposed to several other Bond films, Scaramanga's hideout is staffed by only two henchmen. Both of them live longer than their boss does, and one even makes it all the way through!
Played straight with Hai Fat, who has several armed guards at his home and an entire school of homicidal martial artists.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The movie could have ended about 40 minutes earlier if Goodnight hadn't tried to put a tracer in Scaramanga's car. She had the solex and Scaramanga wasn't particularly interested in hunting down Bond at this point. They could have just walked away and let him be.
Also, the Collapsing Lair is due to Goodnight pushing a mook into a liquid helium tank.
Nobody Here but Us Statues: Rather convenient for Scaramanga to keep a statue of James Bond in his funhouse of death. And that his statue looked like Roger Moore rather than Sean Connery or George Lazenby.
Nick Nack and the sumo wrestlers pull the same trick in Hai Fat's house to ambush Bond.
Product Placement: Tabasco Sauce. And AMC Motors, which is why Bond isn't booting around in an Aston Martin or BMW in this one. Also an early example of the series' long-standing love affair with Sony.
Arguably not, as the pen clip is in the correct position for a sight (although he only aims obviously with it once.)
Skinny Dipping: Bond finds a woman swimming naked in a swimming pool. She invites him to join her, and he politely declines until she asks again. The people he was waiting to meet interrupt him before he can cast off his clothes.
Sleeping Dummy: Referenced — When Mary Goodnight is hiding under the covers, James Bond tells Andrea Anders that he was using the Sleeping Dummy trick.
The Starscream: "Mr Fat has just resigned. I'm the new Chairman of the Board."
Also Nick Nack, who hires various assassins to kill Scaramanga so he can inherit his money.
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.
It actually is a strip club, but Scaramanga doesn't perform.
Tempting Fate: Hai Fat building his own mausoleum. And an In-Universe example — Scaramanga has left Nick Nack all his money in his will. Nick Nack in return arranges for various Professional Killers to murder his boss, which helps Scaramanga cope with his ennui. Nick Nack could of course simply poison his champagne, but he's actually quite loyal, and genuinely angry when Bond kills Scaramanga.
Well, he's probably more mad that Bond (or rather, Goodnight) blew up his inheritance than anything else. As for poison Scaramanga's will might just be that specific - Nick Nack only gets it if he, Scaramanga, is murdered by another gunman.
Ten Paces And Turn: Subverted - it's 20 for a start. Scaramanga disappears while Bond's back is turned, leading to a hunt.
Theme Tune Cameo: A piano version and a jazz version plays in Scaramanga's funhouse.
Unintentional Period Piece: Besides its '70s fashion, the film dates itself with its extensive talk about the energy crisis, and MI6's use of the wreck of the Queen Elizabeth as covert headquarters. note Declared a shipping hazard and dismantled for scrap between 1974 and 1975, with the unsalvagable remains of the hull completely submerged on the seabed The martial arts school also points itself to the Kung Fu craze of the 70s.