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The Film: Lousy, quite frankly. Throws away a brilliant premise and the best villain of the James Bond series. A decent if uninspiring first act slides into an utterly shambolic second. Clarity is left by the wayside, dignity jettisoned swiftly after. The Villain: Destroys the received wisdom that a Bond film is measured by its antagonist. Francisco Scaramanga is the baddie benchmark. Christopher Lee deserved better. He elevates a terrible film into something vaguely watchable but a wonderful actor is totally squandered. Arguably the biggest crime perpetuated in a Bond flick.
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A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming 's posthumously published novel of the same name , the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga , the "Man with the Golden Gun". The action culminates in a duel between them that settles the fate of the Solex. The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz. The film was set in the face of the energy crisis , a dominant theme in the script. Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released in December The film also reflects the then-popular martial arts film craze, with several kung fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being set and shot in Thailand , Hong Kong , and Macau. Part of the film is also set in Beirut , Lebanon , but it was not shot there. The film was met with mixed reviews, and some critics described it as the lowest point in the canon up to that time. Christopher Lee 's portrayal of Scaramanga as a villain of similar skill and ability to Bond was praised, but reviewers criticised the film as a whole, particularly its comedic approach and the performances of Moore and Britt Ekland. Whilst profitable, the film is the 4th lowest-grossing in the series and its relatively modest returns by comparison with those of Live and Let Die reportedly placed the continuation of the franchise in jeopardy.