HOLLY GOODHEAD, PhD (Lois Chiles), in "Moonraker
", played, essentially, a double role in the Moonraker Case: as liaison officer from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to the Drax Corporation, and as a special agent of the Central Intelligence Agency. While NASA was willing to trust Hugo Drax and his ostensible--and ostentatious--munificence in developing the Space Transport System program, the CIA was not. They prevailed upon Dr. Goodhead to investigate Drax' motives further, and even supplied her with certain personal-defensive equipment that would be the envy of MI-6.
The CIA developed their suspicion when some person or persons unknown--who turned out to be Drax Corporation black-ops men--literally hijacked a Moonraker space shuttle right off the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on which it was riding at the time, killing its RAF crew and destroying said aircraft. The problem: not a trace of the Moonraker remained. The British, realizing their own embarrassment, sent an expert operative of their own: Commander James Bond
, RNVSR, alias
Agent 007--the two zeroes meaning he had killed, and had full authority to kill, on active service.
At first Dr. Goodhead felt that, even if the British MI-6 took the Moonraker disappearance seriously, James Bond likely did not. Certainly he came across as most un-serious. At first. But when the two encountered one another in Venice, and Bond made a point of demonstrating his knowledge of her self-defense equipment, the two agreed they ought to co-operate in their investigation of Drax and DraxCorp.
Dr. Goodhead rapidly developed evidence that Hugo Drax had an operation going on that extended far beyond the U.S. space program. And when she developed that evidence, Drax had her taken and brought to his secret launch base in South America. She resigned herself to dying in the line of duty--her only regret then being she would never know why.
Several events turned that around. First, Drax and his new chief executioner, Jaws, ushered none other than James Bond into the meeting room where they had confined her. Drax announced that she and James would burn to death under the fire from the engines of a Moonraker-marked Moonraker Five, the fifth of six that were taking off that day from that secret base. But of course Drax couldn't hang about to see his work through. That gave Bond, who had some self-defense equipment of his own, time to blow off a ventilation grille and lead her into a ventilation duct before Moonraker Five took off. They then made their way to the service tunnels, where they ambushed, knocked out, and took the places of the pilot and co-pilot of Moonraker Six. They carried the impersonation all the way--even to boarding the shuttle and riding it into space--"riding" because Moonraker Six had a pre-programmed flight plan to follow, so they wouldn't have to risk detection by flying it themselves and not knowing where
Happily, Dr. Goodhead knew how to fly a Moonraker shuttle. So it was easy for her to manage the jettisoning of the solid-rocket boosters, and then of the external tank, at the proper time. Bond, however, sat before that part of the pilots' console that included the cargo-bay monitors. He switched one on, and discovered they were carrying no cargo, but only passengers--technicians, in an exact 1:1 M:F ratio. Bond observed that the entire operation had the look and feel of Noah's Ark--assembling perfect physical specimens and transporting them all into space.
Dr. Goodhead next got a shock when she saw their destination: a city-sized space station that she could plainly see--but did not register on radar
. That could mean only one thing: that station had a radar jammer on board. That in turn meant that Drax had hostile intent. But of course. Why else try to kill them?
Eventually they docked with the station and heard all the details: Drax intended these perfect physical specimens to breed an entirely new human race. And what of the old one? Drax had prepared fifty globes of orchid-derived nerve gas that would kill people but not animals. And while they talked about it, he started to launch those globes.
Dr. Goodhead and Commander Bond had to do something about this, and fast. First they made their way to the control center for the radar jammer, where Bond cold-cocked the technical crew, and Dr. Goodhead put in a sequence of commands that disabled the radar jammer permanently. Naturally, Drax' metal-mouth chief executioner collared them and brought them before Drax. He proposed to toss them out an airlock. But then Bond observed that any member of the station's crew that did not meet Drax' exacting physical standards would be subject to summary execution. Including Jaws, and the equally strong young woman Jaws had met in South America and encouraged to come with him. And so Jaws rebelled. That rebellion seemed short-lived. But disabling the radar jammer had already produced a result: the United States Air Force had launched a shuttle to investigate a space station that had suddenly appeared in orbit. Drax ordered his crew to fire on it with a laser cannon--but Bond jumped for a nearby control panel and hit a button labeled EMERGENCY STOP. That triggered a set of attitude jets that threw everyone into decks and bulkheads, and then left them all weightless.
Drax sent out several laser-armed soldiers in EVA suits. But the shuttle carried two platoons of similarly armed United States Marines. They met Drax' space soldiers in battle and actually managed to defeat them. Before Drax' crew could restart the rotation, the Marines had forced the airlock and docked with the station, so they could attack from two directions at once.
In the pitched battle that followed, the station began to tear itself apart. Bond assured Dr. Goodhead that the globes still aboard the station would break up, and their deadly contents burn, so they could harm no one. But that left the globes Drax had launched before the battle. Bond shouted to Air Force Colonel Scott to get all his mean off the station at once. He then suggested to Holly that they commandeer Moonraker Five--Drax' shuttle. Moonraker Five carried a laser, so they could chase down those globes and blow them up, one by one. They managed to get aboard the shuttle--but couldn't break it free, because the docking mechanism was jammed. Bond asked Jaws, still aboard the station, to help them get loose. This Jaws did. He didn't seem to mind riding the station's main module down to earth--he and his girlfriend seemed fit enough to withstand that and escape alive.
Then Holly didn't have time to think about anything else except chasing those three nerve-gas globes. The laser controls were in front of Bond's seat, and he dispatched the first two of them easily. But then the laser's automatic targeting system malfunctioned--so Holly had to pilot the shuttle dangerously close to the atmosphere long enough for Bond to get a clear shot by eye.
They made it, with about five seconds to spare. Then Bond suggested they could land easily, either at Vandenberg, or White Sands, or Edwards AFB. But Holly begged Bond to "take her around the world one more time." So they did one ninety-minute orbit--and celebrated their victory in a most intimate fashion.