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Re: AJB live commentary on THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

Yeah it definitely feels like two plots cut-and-shut together.

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Re: AJB live commentary on THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

Barbel wrote:

Bond/Scaramanga as two halves of the same coin heading for a duel - Mankiewicz
Solex + energy crisis - Maibaum

Maibaum replaced Mankiewicz (it had been the other way round on DAF) whose relationship with Hamilton had deteriorated after 3 movies together.

And then Mankiewicz came back in to do another layer of work on Maibaum's re-drafting! Lee seemed dramatically more committed to the mano-o-mano duelling side of things. Topical though the energy crisis was in the 70s, one sympathises with Lee as he performs Mankiewicz's casually disinterested dialogue about the technical aspects of the solar power stuff, along the lines of "You really know far more about it than I do, Mister Bond", and "Science was never my strong suit!" Scaramanga is the charismatic figure, there; Bond, the techno-bore.

Critics and material I don't need. I haven't changed my act in 49 years.