The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) Tidbits

  • Maud Adams was twice a Bond girl; she was also the girlfriend of Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun.
  • Britt Ekland, real name Eklund, is the ex-wife of Peter Sellers who starred in the spoof of Casino Royale
  • Roger Moore told the producers he was considering retirement after this film, so they screen-tested other actors, including James Brolin.
  • The barrel-roll car jump, the best thing about the movie, was tested mathematically on a computer beforehand–the first time such modeling was used for a stunt.
  • The Solex was inspired by the energy crisis of the 70’s
  • Scaramanga’s base was actually a volcanic rock island called Khow-Ping-Kan in the Phang Nga Bay of Thailand
  • Christopher Lee is the cousin of Ian Fleming.
  • Britt Ekland was pregnant during the shooting
  • Felix Leiter is a main character in the book version, yet he does not make an appearance in the film version.
  • The name Scaramanga came from a Greek man Fleming knew named Pandia Scaramanga whom he met on the island of Hydra and in whose island house he stayed in. Fleming actually asked permission to use the name, letting him know that he would be a villain. Mr. Scaramanga, being a superstitious man, replied: “I certainly do not mind your using my name but please do not kill me.”
  • The scene where Scaramanga and 007 stand back-to-back, with their guns drawn, is a reference to the John Wayne western The Comancheros (1961). The only difference was that Nick Nack counts to 20, instead of 10.