Harry Hamlin is an acceptable hero in this boldly old-fashioned tale. A supporting cast boasting of Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Maggie Smith and Burgess Meredith helps a lot. Yet the real stars are the creature effects provided by stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen, which are often impressive.
I have read many books and critics of the Bond movies and Man With The Golden Gun is never listed as a favorite. Its usually listed near the bottom of the list. I, however really like this one. Its one of my favorite Roger Moore Bonds and ranks high on my overall Bond list also. Christopher Lee is a wonderful villan. The movie is great fun and not to be taken seriously.
This is not one of the best Bond films, but also not one of the worst. I have to admit I liked it a lot more when I first saw it years ago and find that it has not aged all that well. Its a good introduction for the Roger Moore Bonds though. It gives you a good idea of the direction the series will be taking.
Years ago I would have probably put Goldfinger on the top of my favorite Bond lists. However with time I find that it has not aged as well as some others. It does have my favorite Bond, Sean Connery. Some of the best villans in the series. Plus who could forget Honor Blackman as #!@%*# Galore and Shirley Eaton being covered in gold paint. I like it a lot but it trails From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I think I would even place it below Dr. No.
From Russia With Love is probably the best in the Bond series. Its almost my favorite, being topped only by On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Rosa Kleb is one of my favorite villans. This one really sets the standard.