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     Mary Goodnight 

Mary Goodnight
"Oh, darling, I'm tempted. But killing a few hours as one of your passing fancies isn't quite my scene."
Played by: Britt Ekland

Field 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. Is an competent agent and important character in the books, but is considered to be a truly 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.
  • Adaptational 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.
  • Ascended Extra: In the books, she was the secretary to the 00 section, she had a requisite appearance in the last few of Fleming's novels, and her role in the films was combined with Moneypenny's to create the film incarnation of the latter. In the novel of Golden Gun, she has a much expanded role and eventually gets together with Bond in the end.
  • 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.
  • Informed Ability: Supposedly she's a trained agent; instead, her performance will have one wonder if standards at MI-6 are taking a turn for the worse.
  • The Klutz: She bumbles and fumbles at seemingly anything she does through the film.
  • Last Girl Wins: In the Ian Fleming books, she was the last Bond Girl by virtue of the book she appeared in being the last Fleming wrote.
  • 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!:
    • Goodnight trying to put a tracer in Scaramanga's car ends up with her captured and Bond having to not only rescue her but also retrieve the Solex, since she was carrying it.
    • Also, the Collapsing Lair is due to Goodnight pushing a mook into a liquid helium tank.
  • Sexy Secretary: In the books, she's the secretary of 00 section, and flirts with Bond more than a few times. The 00s have a bet to see who will be the first to have sex with her.
  • 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.

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Bond's Allies

     Lieutenant Hip 

Lieutenant Hip
Played by: Soon-Tek Oh

Bond's local MI-6 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 Muay Thai 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.
  • The Kindnapper: Bond doesn't find out that Hip is an ally until well after being arrested by him.


     Francisco Scaramanga 

Francisco Scaramanga
"A duel between titans... my golden gun against your Walther PPK."
Played by: Christopher Lee

A 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 stepcousin?

  • Adaptational Badass: In the book Scaramanga did have legitimate gunfighter and marksman skills, but was overall simply a mid-level thug who happened to have a streak of good luck that got him prominent enough to be on Bond's radar. In the film he's a full-on Evil Counterpart to Bond with Improbable Aiming Skills who's actually credible when he calls himself "the world's greatest assassin".
  • Actor Allusion: One scene has Andrea walk in on him lying on his back with his hands folded on his chest.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the book, he was an unpleasant, one-dimensional thug. In the film, he's still a villain, but much more charismatic and charming to the point of being a dark reflection of Bond.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He is of Catalonian origin in the novel, while he is British-born in the movie who lived in Brazil.
  • Affably Evil: Unlike other villains, he genuinely respects Bond. It won't stop him from killing him though.
    • He is suave, charming, and very charismatic - until you get on his bad side. It's interesting to note that when he reveals his dangerous side, his eyes take on a very cold look that could freeze anyone where they stand, and make them squirm; he actually manages to startle and unsettle Bond on more than one occasion.
    • Unlike the other villains that Bond has encountered - before and after - Scaramanga is not a terrorist hell bent on world domination or destruction, but an assassin who actually enjoys the thrill of the hunt when on an assignment, or when facing those who have been summoned to try and kill him in his playhouse.
    • The trailer moniker of " The Most Dangerous Man Alive " fits him.
  • Antagonist Title: He's the titular "Man with the Golden Gun."
  • Badass Boast: Gives a brief one when convinces Bond to duel him.
    Scaramanga: A duel between titans. My golden gun against your Walther PPK. Each of us a 50-50 chance.
    Bond: Six bullets to your one?
    Scaramanga: I only need one.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: In the film his bespoke gun and bullets are made of pure gold. In the novel, he uses a somewhat more practical gold-plated Colt Single Action Army revolver firing gold-jacketed silver bullets.
  • Blood Knight: Scaramanga loves a good challenge, to the point that he has Nick Nack hire people to kill him so he can improve his skills.
  • Bond One-Liner: Appropriately as an Evil Counterpart for Bond, Scaramanga gets a couple.
    • After killing Hai Fat.
    Scaramanga: Mr. Fat has just resigned. I'm the new Chairman of the Board.
    • After destroying Bond's plane with a solar-powered laser cannon:
    Scaramanga: Now, that's what I call solar power.
    Bond: And, that's what I call trouble...
  • Circus Brat: He worked and lived in a circus until at least the age of ten, and befriended an elephant. Said elephant's trainer abused the animal and it killed it. Scaramanga committed his first murder when he shot the trainer out of revenge for the animal's death, and continued on this path from then on.
  • Cool Car: An AMC Matador that comes with attachable wings and jet engine!
  • Cool Gun: In addition to being gold-plated, Scaramanga's Golden Gun consisted of an interlocking fountain pen (the barrel), cigarette lighter (the bullet chamber), cigarette case (the handle) and cufflink (the trigger) which could be disassembled and concealed. (Although Christopher Lee claimed it was harder to do than the villain did onscreen.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Scaramanga has a particularly wry sense of humor. He seems to speak for the audience about Hai Fat's decision to send Bond to his dojo rather than simply killing him.
    Scaramanga: What do they teach at that school, ballet dancing?
  • Death Course: Scaramanga keeps a fun house of murder.
  • Depraved Homosexual: The literary version is accused of being so (due to his inability to whistle). 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: He attempts invoking the Not So Different trope on Bond, though 007 considers it nonsense.
  • Evil Counterpart: Scaramanga is Bond without his loyalty to Britain or his (dim) code of chivalry towards women. And unlike Bond, he is unfettered about who he kills.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Christopher Lee stands 6'4", compared to Roger Moore, who stands 6'1". Likewise, in the novel Scaramanga is described as being 6'3" to Bond's 6'0".
  • 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.
  • Fingore: Played with. After killing the thug Nick Nack has sent against him in the opening sequence, he shoots the fingers off a mannequin of Bond.
  • Freudian Excuse: He claims his bloodlust started thanks to a circus wrangler putting down an elephant in his parents' circus. This has its roots in the original novel — one of the odd Bond villains (another would be Dr. No) to have some kind of tragic backstory.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The son of a circus owner who grew up to become the most menacing assassin around.
  • A Glass of Chianti: He likes to drink good wine. Movie version only though.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Instead of killing Bond outright, Scaramanga decides to face him in a duel that leads through the island funhouse. Bond switches places with a mannequin of himself - the same one whose fingers Scaramanga shot off in the intro - and kills Scaramanga when he gets close enough.
  • IKEA Weaponry: His iconic golden gun can be assembled from a pen, a cigarette case, a lighter and a cuff link, all made of gold. This allows him to conceal his weapon of choice on commercial flights. It was custom made by an underground gunsmith, and fires gold bullets in a non-standard caliber. The material allows him to carry it through metal detectors and airport security with relative ease.
  • 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 vital point guaranteed to be an instant kill, which he always does.
    • Downplayed in the novel. Scaramanga is described as a former trick shot artist and one of the world's top marksmen, but this is mostly an Informed Ability. His weapon of choice is also a .45 revolver, which while somewhat impractical is still a fairly normal firearm.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The most dangerous villain Bond has faced since either Goldfinger or Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
  • 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 and even invokes this card, but Bond bluntly tells that he's full of a "four-letter word".
  • 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, he harbors no malice towards Nick-Nack trying to have him killed in order to gain all his money, as it allows Scaramanga to test his skills, have fun and kill people at the same time.
  • Post-Final Boss: He's the villain of the final full length James Bond novel by Ian Fleming (published after his death), which takes place immediately after Jame's climactic final confrontation with Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Again, he *is* James Bond's Evil Counterpart. Of course he would get at least one.
    Hai Fat: Bond doesn't know you're in Bangkok. He's never seen you. But he knows me. That's the problem.
    Scaramanga: There's no problem...
  • Professional Killer: He's one of the world's best hitmen. 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. Hai Fat should've known this.
  • Red Right Hand: A third nipple on his chest.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: In the book his weapon of choice is a gold-plated Colt Single Action Army. Given that this over 100-year old weapon takes forever to reload and requires the hammer to be manually cocked before each shot, it serves a similar purpose as the film version's single-bullet golden gun, as a deliberate handicap to show off the user's absolute confidence in his skills. In the film he uses a SAA to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne for Bond, then reassures Bond that the revolver is merely a "harmless toy".
  • 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.
  • Shadow Archetype: He is Bond without a moral compass, having no real scruples about who he kills.
  • 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 (with a gold plated Derringer as backup), which would still be considered impractical for modern combat (even back in the 60's), and a deliberate handicap to show off his skill.
  • 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.

     Nick Nack 

Nick Nack
"I'll get you yet. And I'll enjoy everything you leave me."

Scaramanga'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.

     Hai Fat 

Hai Fat
"May I remind you that you work for me? I took you on as a junior partner to be an occasional convenience, nothing more! I did not hire you to interfere in my affairs!"
Played by: Richard Loo

A Thai 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.
  • Big Fancy House: He has one, wide enough to build his own mausoleum within its domains, a mausoleum he winds up in halfway through the film when Scaramanga shoots him.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Puts Bond in his martial arts school instead of having him killed while he is unconscious. This was one of the reasons Scaramanga pulled the trigger on Fat's job and life, and snarks, "What do they teach at that school? Ballet dancing?" just before killing him.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He thinks nothing of insulting and belittling Scaramanga, oblivious to the idea that Scaramanga is perfectly able and willing to kill him.
  • 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, but becomes a victim of Klingon Promotion midway through.
  • Fatal Flaw: He thought of Scaramanga as a subordinate or junior partner with quite some disdain. The Man with the Golden Gun proves him spectacularly wrong.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has a brief silent reaction that screams this trope when he realizes that Scaramanga is about to shoot him.
  • 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.


Played by: Sonny Caldinez

Scaramanga's maintenance and security officer, responsible for maintaining Scaramanga's solar energy station as well as the rest of his estate.

Other Characters

     Andrea Anders 

Andrea Anders
"I've dreamt about you setting me free..."
Played by: Maud Adams

Scaramanga'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."

  • Alliterative Name: Andrea Anders.
  • Broken Bird: She's unhappy with her lot as Scaramanga's mistress.
  • 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?
  • Death by Sex: She gets killed by Scaramanga after having sex with Bond.
  • Disposable Woman: Scaramanga does not give much thought about her after killing her..
  • 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.

     Sheriff J. W. Pepper 
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     Mr. Lazar 

Mr. Lazar
"Mr. Bond, bullets do not kill. It is the finger that pulls the trigger."
Played by: Marne Maitland

A Portuguese artisan gunsmith based in Macau who manufactures golden bullets for Scaramanga.

  • Ballistic Discount: Bond threatens to shoot him in the groin with the rifle for people with missing fingers he conceived if he doesn't give him satisfying bits of information about Scaramanga.
  • Only in It for the Money: Makes custom guns and ammo for killers and doesn't care how they're used.
  • Rare Guns: Manufactures unique weapons, such as a rifle specifically designed for a client who has lost the index and middle fingers on his dominant hand (the trigger is housed in the butt).


"Ah! I've lost my charm!"
Played by: Carmen du Sautoy

A 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 Scaramanga) 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.


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