Genre Guesstimation – Gold (1974)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“Can you stop this madness?” – Rod Slater

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – The manager of a gold mine finds out that the corporate owners have hatched a plan to ruin the prices on the stock exchange.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my quest to find Oscar nominated films that I had yet to see.

Roger Moore is one of my favorite James Bind’s and this film ironically feels very much like a Bond film in many ways.

The fact that the plot was used a decade later in A View To A Kill (1985) (one of my favorite Bond guilty pleasures) also got me intrigued with the way they did things here.

Unfortunately, the characters are entirely seen as being superficial and that doesn’t help make things more enjoyable to watch.

The film was nominated for Best Original song for the song Wherever It Takes Me, which was written by Elmer Bernstein but failed to win.

The film has a great cast in addition to Moore with Susannah York, Ray Milland and John Gielgud, but none of them help make this any more watchable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Roger Moore was reluctant to accept the role at first, owing to the character being a cigarette smoker (he had recently quit smoking cigarettes, and gravitated to Monte Cristo cigars). As it was necessary for Rod Slater to smoke cigarettes rather than cigars, Moore’s objection was overruled, though his smoking scenes were reduced to a bare minimum. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. Great premise that is done much better a decade later as a Bond film!

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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