Metals form metallic bonds which explain many of their chemical and physical properties.
This is most familiar in the solid state but metallic properties are still quite recognizable in the liquid state e.g. mercury and molten iron.
However, gaseous metals are much less familiar and it is not obvious whether they would still have a distinct metallic behaviour. For example, is there a distinction between gas and plasma for a metal?
This article mentions that the metallic bond persists in the liquid state but says nothing about the gas state: Metallic bonding at Chemguide.
So, do metals retain any distinct metallic behaviour in the gas state?
Note that I am not asking only about the electrical properties. My main question is whether the gas consists of neutral atoms, small molecules, or positive ions in a sea of electrons?