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Moonraker (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  29 June 1979 (USA)
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James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corinne Dufour (as Corinne Clery)
Geoffrey Keen ...
Toshirô Suga ...
Chang (as Toshiro Suga)
Emily Bolton ...
Blanche Ravalec ...
Dolly - Jaws' Girlfriend
Irka Bochenko ...
Mike Marshall ...
Col. Scott (as Michael Marshall)
Leila Shenna ...


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Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Moonraker  »

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$34,000,000 (estimated)


$62,700,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Many military nerve gases are designed to be absorbed by the skin as well as by breathing them, specifically to make a mere gas mask useless. As Q could not have known what other toxins were in the laboratory, they would have put Bond, the Minister and M in full length protective suits not just gas masks. See more »


[first lines]
Captain: How are we doing, Richard?
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[Filmed at ...] Pinewood Studios (London) and on location in Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, U.S.A. and Outer Space! See more »


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Not all that bad...
3 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Considered almost unanimously as one of the worst films in James Bond series, it is time for Moonraker to have a defender. On my opinion, this is Moore's best fourth outing as 007(may be not saying too much, but there are three films left), and a very entertaining sci-fi film. Critics argue that humor plays a strong hand in this movie-strong to such a degree that Bond character loses all personality, becoming blurred in an impressive set of FX and stunt men. I reply: certainly there are flaws, some of them (particularly Jaws conversion towards the end) very ridiculous. But there are good points, too. Remember that pre-credit scene, which was ACTUALLY shot in the air, the motorboat chase or the final space battle, one of the most spectacular moments of the entire series, (yeah, it was unrealistic, OK, but tell me how much realism you can find watching other Bond movies which are frequently referred to as" the best". Think of Goldfinger or You only live twice)

However, Moonraker does not compare to Octopussy or TSWLM, because of a sometimes plodding pacing, due to the addition of unnecessary scenes, especially during the first half, when James is Drax's guest in California. The love story is a mere and inferior copy of TSWLM. And, while in other Moore's films the blend of humor and Bond's trademark coolness worked smoothly, here Bond is not given a scene to show, not necessarily ruthlessness, but a bit of harshness, as we could see in FYEO or Octopussy.

Following Moore's outings will feature Cold War elements which seem to fit more with the character, and better screenplays from Richard Maibaum,the series' screenwriter who was mysteriously absent here.

But action remains mostly exciting, sometimes brilliant, and highlights what could have been a mediocre entry.

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