Has James Bond met his match? Maybe. The assassin Scaramanga speaks softly and carries a golden gun-and if you're not careful, his car will go all Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the most inopportune times. Roger Moore tackles the energy crisis and the man out for his blood in this 9th installment of the franchise, which includes the-woman-who-would-be Octopussy, Maud Adams, and diminutive henchman Nick Nack, played by future Fantasy Island star Herve Villechaize.
Top 10 Fun Facts
- Actor Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. We'd cry "nepotism," but we're not about to offend a guy with a golden gun.
- Language lessons: the canals and waterways seen in the film are called "Klongs" in their native Bangkok, which is nowhere near the Klingon home planet of Qo'noS.
- The name of the film's villain comes from a real acquaintance of Ian Fleming named Pandia Scaramanga. The man agreed to let Fleming use his name, so long as the character wasn't killed... uh-oh.
- Puns on the cutting room floor: earlier versions of the script included a business partner for the character of Hai Fat. His name? Lo Fat.
- Method acting: Britt Ekland claimed to be terrified while filming her character's escape from Scaramanga's island - the moment when she slides to the floor and 007 has to hoist her back up was the real deal.
- Was it duty free? Christopher Lee's golden gun was confiscated by US Customs as he was on his way to LA to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. At least they could carry more than 3 ounces of liquid back then.
- Turn down service optional: after shooting was completed, the cast and crew learned that their accommodations in Thailand had actually been a bordello.
- Sightseers, take note: Phang Nga Bay in Thailand is also now referred to as James Bond Island - even though in the film it appeared as the setting of Scaramanga's beach house.
- Listen carefully and you'll hear music from Live and Let Die when that film's character J. W. Pepper makes an appearance in this film. We might have gone with the "I'm a Pepper" jingle instead.
- Movie magic: Scaramanga's flying car didn't take flight until it met the editing room, where the editor switched to a shot of a radio-controlled model plane-car.