The Man with the Golden Gun

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when the "gangster guy" is taking on Scaramanga, Scaramanga slides down a ramp to get his golden gun. If you look closely, he has roller skates on. (00:07:05)

Correction: He is not wearing roller skates. It is an illusion caused by the reflection of his white boots against the glossy black slide/stairs.

Corrected entry: As Scaramanga turns the laser gun towards the plane you can see that the gun never points at the plane, while he turns it and when he shoots. The perspective shows that the gun never points closer to the plane than some 30 - 40 m behind it.

Correction: From the angle of the viewer, it is impossible to see exactly where the gun is aiming.

Corrected entry: In the scene with the Portuguese gunsmith, the gunsmith says that the rifle is designed for the pressure of three fingers, and that's why Bond hits an inch too low. Well, maybe at the distance to the target disc, but not on all distances. Right at the nozzle you wouldn't hit an inch too low, and at further distances you'd hit lower. So when Bond shoots at the gunsmith's groin, he wouldn't hit an inch too low, since the guy is standing much closer than the target at the firing range.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Actually, at the distance between the gunsmith and 007 when he fired the rifle, the bullet would have been below line of sight (LOS). The bullet actually drops when it comes out of the barrel, then typically crosses and rises above LOS 25-55 yds downrange, depending on the load.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film the gangster screws a silencer on his gun, but when he fires the sound effect is for an unsilenced gun. (00:03:00)

Correction: A silenced gun does not sound like a quiet "poof" like it is portrayed in many movies. A silenced gun is only a few decibels quieter than an unsilenced gun, so the sound used here is very accurate. Most movies make a serious mistake by making a silenced gun make a very quiet "poof" sound. Comparison video:

Corrected entry: During the car chase Bond makes a wrong turn and ends up at the wrong side of the river. He corrects his mistake by using a collapsed bridge to jump across the river. A few shots later you see that three police cars following Bond made the same mistake. However, they arrive only a few seconds after Bond at the place where Scaramanga is changing his car into an airplane. It's very unlikely that they all jumped across the river.

Correction: The original three black-and-white police cars come to a stop after the gray '55 Chevy crashes and turns over, and the police all exit their vehicles. The police cars seen later on the wrong side of the river may or may not be the same three. But the ones that arrive at the end of the chase are definitely not the same three cars as the originals because two of these three are red-and-white. As such, there are at least 5 and as many as 9 police cars involved in the chase, only 3 of which we see at any one time.


Corrected entry: When Scaramanga aims at Dickson outside the Bottom's Up Club, we see him with his eye very close to the gun. It is impossible to aim accurately with a gun if your eye is next to it. You will need a lot longer distance - by holding the gun in straight arms.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Not impossible at all; especially if he's trained himself to shoot that way. The golden gun itself may have required a much shorter than normal eye-to-barrel distance in order to be aimed properly. There is no gunsight on the rear of the pistol (a modified cigarette lighter) and the forward gunsight is the clip from the pen that is used as the barrel. With only the penclip to use as a sighting reference it may have been necessary to hold it close to the face, and holding it closer would help to steady the weapon.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the film, the "gangster" character is shown entering Scaramanga's lounge to wait for him. He racks the slide on his pistol, and then turns out the lights. When Scaramanga enters the darkened room a few moments later, the gangster racks the slide again, alerting Scaramanga to his presence (and presumably ejecting the first cartridge he had already chambered - a ridiculous waste of ammo).

Correction: The gangster pulls the slide to load the first bullet into the chamber, but the second click is him pulling back the hammer.

Corrected entry: When Bond is taken to the karate class, one of the "students" is performing a kata, which is a sort of a "karate dance". In a kata one starts and finishes at the exact same place, but the one in the film starts the kata at the center of the platform, and finishes it the the right end of it. (00:52:05)

Correction: Character mistake - the karate student is doing the kata wrong. I have seen this happen with even experienced practitioners, sometimes people just mess up.


Correction: The most obvious explanation is that Bond himself called in (while off-screen) to report his mission completed, but that for some reason he could not talk to M at the point. M is then simply returning his call on the phone number Bond left, to get a more detailed report.


Corrected entry: When Bond and Lt. Hip are in the car, and find out the Goodnight has the car keys, they try to quickly acquire another car; leading to Bond stealing one from the AMC Dealership show room floor. Are we to believe that a highly trained and resourceful secret agent like James Bond can not do a simple thing like "jump starting" the first car's ignition?

Correction: The car belongs to the Secret Service, and Bond is well aware that it has been fitted with securty devices to prevent it being 'hot wired'.

Corrected entry: Why does 007 have a punch up at the night club where Saida is performing? At that point in the film nobody is after him (including Scaramanga as it was Andrea who sent the bullet to him).

Paul Bessant

Correction: The men who attack Bond are with the man in the audience who is presumably Saida's lover. He jealously watches her dance towards Bond, and is no doubt angry that Bond then follows her back to her dressing room.

Corrected entry: In the shot where J.W. Pepper and his wife get off their tour boat, the wife wants to buy one of the carved miniature elephants. J.W. says "Those are damn Democrats". In actuality, the elephant represents the Republicans; the donkey is the Democrat.

Correction: Actually, what JW says is "Elephants? We're Democrats, Maybelle", which is why he objects to his wife buying an elephant statue.

Correction: Not likely - do you think they shot off the real Roger Moore's fingers? Remember, the whole area is on a huge raised scaffolding, movement around the room could cause the dummy to sway.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: On Scaramanga's Island. When Goodnight knocks the guard into the "pool" of liquid helium, a sign above it states: "Absolute Zero Must Be Maintained" even today absolute zero hasn't been achieved, let alone maintained.

Correction: Bond films frequently deal with technologies that do not exist, as do many other films; this is simply an example of that. Films are not required to deal solely in things that are actually possible with the technology available in the real world at the time the film was made. It's that whole "fictional" thing.

Tailkinker Premium member

Fiction or not, reaching absolute zero is impossible no matter what the technology, so the original correction is accurate in that sense. What the "Absolute Zero Must Be Maintained" sign probably means is that it must be maintained to within a specific bound, so it shouldn't be raised above a threshold else criticality or whatever occurs.

Corrected entry: In the end when Bond and Goodnight are sailing away, Nick Nak starts throwing wine bottles at them. Only problem is that the when the bottles smash, there is no wine that spills out. Who would store empty wine bottles in a wine rack? (01:56:00)

Correction: Still, it is a character decision, and not necessarily a mistake. People throughout history have used staffage like this to decorate empty shelves. Charles Dickens, for one, had several fake books in his library that were nothing but covers without content.


A hitman that makes $1m a hit would not use empty bottles.

Continuity mistake: During the chase scene with the police, Bond swerves past a driver in a dark green 1956 Plymouth Savoy. As the police cars pass the Plymouth, the scene cuts to an inside shot of the car with the driver yelling, then the driver loses control of the car and rolls it over. The car that crashes is a green 1955 Chevrolet 210 series, not the 1956 Plymouth.

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Trivia: When J. W. Pepper first notices Bond going by on the boat, some oriental music plays - the tune is the theme to Live And Let Die (this was the previous film where they first met). (01:00:00)

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Question: Does Nick Nack die? Did he suffocate in the suitcase?

Answer: Likely not. He's still screaming that he'll get Bond as the junk sails away at the end. Presumably, either he and Bond came to an arrangement after the film or Bond turned him over to the authorities. At the VERY end of the movie you see Nick Nack is actually suspended high on the mast of the junk.

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