Rodney's death.

Rodney is a minor villain in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun and possibly the same character in Diamonds Are Forever. He is played by Marc Lawrence.

Film biography

Rodney, a gangster from Las Vegas, travels to a private island off the coast of China at the behest of Nick Nack. Rodney hopes to assassinate master assassin Francisco Scaramanga for a fee. Rodney finds himself a pawn in a live training exercise from Scaramanga. When Rodney's first shot misses Scaramanga, he finds himself lost in a funhouse. Inside the funhouse, encounters an animatronic cowboy and a player piano playing a honky tonk variant of the film's theme. He then encounters another secnario where he is shot and returns fire, but then realizes it was only blanks from more wax figures, these one recreating the Valentine's Day Massacre. He realizes his shot has damaged the wax figure of Al Capone and offers posthumous apologies. As Rodney pursues the assassin Nick Nack mocks Scaramanga which causes unease for Rodney. Nick Nack hides the Golden Gun in an undisclosed location. Rodney gets to the Golden Gun first. Rather than take the Golden Gun for himself, Rodney elects to snipe the point, figuring Scaramanga will soon emerge to claim it. Scaramanga is aware he is checkmated and activates a slide, which allows him to glide quickly and grab the Golden Gun. He takes one shot, which hits Rodney in the forehead, killing him instantly.

Behind the scenes

Marc Lawrence also played the lead gangster in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever opposite Sean Connery. He was best known in that film for the defenestration of Plenty O'Toole, where he remarks he failed to realize she landed safely in a swimming pool. It was unconfirmed, but highly likely he was eventually contacted by Nick Nack to test his skills against Scaramanga.

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