James Bond is back for another mission and this time, he is blasting off into space. A spaceship traveling through space is mysteriously hi-jacked and Bond must work quickly to find out who was behind it all. He starts with the rockets creators, Drax Industries and the man behind the organisation, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again. Written by
Producer Albert R. Broccoli called Steven Spielberg requesting permission to use the indelible 5-note leitmotif from his Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Broccoli wanted to use it as the entry code for an electronic laboratory door lock in a scene in Moonraker (1979). Some years later, Spielberg called Broccoli requesting permission to use the 007 theme music for a scene in a movie he was producing titled, The Goonies (1985). Broccoli pointed out that there were more than 5 notes in the 007 theme music. Spielberg suspected the producer's tongue was firmly planted in his cheek as he continued to banter. He was right. The Steven Spielberg/Cubby Broccoli connection has another twist - an interest in directing a Bond film while in negotiations with Broccoli until Star Wars producer/creator George Lucas offered the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). See more »
When Drax' thugs "hijack" the shuttle, they are seen flipping a variety of switches and controlling various systems to "fly" the shuttle away. The shuttle's electrical power is provided by on-board fuel cells that operate only just before launch, thus it has no electrical power when piggybacked on its 747 transport. See more »
How are we doing, Richard?
We should pass over the English coast 15 minutes ahead of time, sir.
Wow! With this load on our back, that's good going.
Just trust the RAF, sir.
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This highly underrated Bond film ... works extremely well for several reasons.
This highly underrated Bond film, the eleventh in the series and fourth with Roger Moore, has Bond investigating the disappearance of a U.S. Space Shuttle. This film works extremely well for several reasons: first, because Bond keeps his cool and escapes from so many deadly situations; second, because it is the most humorous of all Bond films, especially because of "Jaws" falling in love and its containing the best of Bond's one-liners; and third, because of the special effects the creators gave the film riding on the coat-tail of "Star Wars", released two years earlier. All eight Bond films released since this one (up to "Tomorrow Never Dies" did not gross nearly as much earnings at the box office (when figures are adjusted for inflation).
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