Trivia / The Man with the Golden Gun

  • Artistic License Physics: a 95% efficient solar cell is still way outside the reach of science, even decades after this movie was made. To put things in perspective, early 21st century solar cells achieve around 25% efficiency. Assuming the technology was released in the Bond universe after the events of this movie, it would have, as stated in the movie, ended the energy crisis, but to such an extent that it would have put every other kind of energy out of business practically overnight.
  • Blooper: Saida's mirror gets pushed out of alignment during a fight scene, bringing the camera crew into view.
  • Creator Backlash: John Barry regretted adding a whistle to the stunt listed in Do a Barrel Roll.
  • Creator Killer:
    • After being behind several well done Bond movies including Goldfinger, the tepid reaction to this movie ensured Guy Hamilton wouldn't be involved with another Bond movie, and he did not quite enjoy the success he once had (Golden Gun is one of only two films in the Bond canon that actually killed a non-actor's career; Die Another Day is the other).
    • It was also the last film Harry Saltzman was involved in before he dropped out of the series; Saltzman only oversaw two more films past Golden Gun before he died.
  • Fake Nationality: Marne Maitland, who played the Portuguese Mr. Lazar, was Anglo-Indian.
  • Fountain of Expies: Scaramanga ranks with Goldfinger and Blofeld as one of the most recognizable of all Bond villains.
  • Star-Making Role: Herve Vilechaize's role as Nick Nack made him famous. In fact, prior to this movie, Villechaize was so poor that he was living out of his car in Los Angeles!
  • 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  The martial arts school also points itself to the Kung Fu craze of the 70s.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alice Cooper wrote a theme song which was turned down in favor of Lulu's theme.
    • In an interview recorded in 1974 (among the Special Features on the Blu-Ray) Herve Villechaize mentions that a part was being written for him in Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted adaptation of Dune.

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