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Where all the other Bonds end . . . this one begins! See more »
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roger Moore ... James Bond

Lois Chiles ... Holly Goodhead

Michael Lonsdale ... Hugo Drax

Richard Kiel ... Jaws

Corinne Cléry ... Corinne Dufour (as Corinne Clery)

Bernard Lee ... M
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Frederick Gray

Desmond Llewelyn ... Q

Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Toshirô Suga ... Chang (as Toshiro Suga)
Emily Bolton ... Manuela
Blanche Ravalec ... Dolly - Jaws' Girlfriend
Irka Bochenko ... Blonde Beauty
Mike Marshall ... Col. Scott (as Michael Marshall)
Leila Shenna ... Hostess Private Jet
Anne Lonnberg ... Museum Guide
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Pilot Private Jet (as Jean Pierre Castaldi)

Walter Gotell ... General Gogol
Douglas Lambert ... Mission Control Director
Arthur Howard ... Cavendish
Alfie Bass ... Consumptive Italian
Brian Keith ... U.S. Shuttle Captain
George Birt ... Captain Boeing 747
Kim Fortune ... R.A.F. Officer
Lizzie Warville ... Russian Girl
Johnny Traber's Troupe ... Funambulists
Nicholas Arbez ... Drax's Boy
Guy Di Rigo ... Ambulanceman
Chris Dillinger ... Drax's Technician
Claude Carliez ... Gondolier
Georges Beller ... Drax's Technician
Denis Seurat ... Officer Boeing 747
Chichinou Kaeppler ... Drax's Girl - Signora Del Mateo
Christina Hui ... Drax's Girl
Françoise Gayat ... Drax's Girl - Lady Victoria Devon (as Francoise Gayat)
Nicaise Jean-Louis ... Drax's Girl (as Nicaise Jean Louis)
Catherine Serre ... Drax's Girl - Countess Labinsky
Béatrice Libert ... Drax's Girl - Mademoiselle Deradier (as Beatrice Libert)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Adam ... Man at St. Marks Square (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Airola ... Drax Radarman 2 (uncredited)
S. Newton Anderson ... Samuel (uncredited)
Jenny Arasse ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Michel Berreur ... Venice Boat Pilot (uncredited)
Daniel Breton ... Fighting Monk / Spatial Base Guard (uncredited)

Albert R. Broccoli ... Man at St. Marks Square (uncredited)
Dana Broccoli ... Woman at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
Guy Delorme ... Tree Assassin (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
Benoît Ferreux ... Moonraker Pilot (uncredited)
Patrick Floersheim ... Moonraker Pilot (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
David Gabison ... Technician in Drax Launching Site (uncredited)
John Gant ... Venice Coffin Assassin (uncredited)

Lewis Gilbert ... Man at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
Richard Graydon ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
Rika Hofmann ... Model (uncredited)
Peter Howitt ... Rio de Janeiro Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Dominique Hulin ... (uncredited)
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse ... Sailor at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
Carlos Kurt ... Airport Metal Detector Guard (uncredited)
Melinda Maxwell ... Drax's Girl (uncredited)
Marc Mazza ... Technician in Venini Laboratory (uncredited)
Alexandra Middendorf ... Moonraker Launch Technician (uncredited)
Patrick Morin ... Painter at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Astronaut (uncredited)
Daniel Perche ... Drax Radarman 1 (uncredited)
Jacques Pisias ... Waiter at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
Jean Rupert ... Technician in Venini laboratory (uncredited)
Marc Smith ... Tannoy voice (uncredited)
John Sullivan ... Space Fighter (uncredited)
Victor Tourjansky ... Man with Bottle (uncredited)
Jean Tournier ... Painter at St. Mark's Square (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Corinne Dufour (voice) (uncredited)
Herma Vos ... Astronaut (uncredited)
Malcolm Weaver ... Space Fighter (uncredited)

Paul Weston ... Space Fighter (uncredited)

Michael G. Wilson ... Man Outside Venini Glass / NASA Technician / Man on Bridge (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
Christopher Wood (screenplay)

Ian Fleming  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
William P. Cartlidge .... associate producer
Michael G. Wilson .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Jean Tournier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Glen 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Weston Drury Jr. 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop 
Max Douy 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Costume Design by
Jacques Fonteray 
Makeup Department
Monique Archambault .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Mike Jones .... hair: Roger Moore's
Pierre Vadé .... hairdresser (as Pierre Vade)
Jacques Michel .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Boulic .... assistant unit manager: France
Terence Churcher .... production manager
Chris Kenny .... unit manager (U.K. )
Robert Saussier .... unit manager (France )
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton .... production manager
Roberto Bakker .... production manager: Latin America (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... assistant director: second unit
Meyer Berreby .... assistant director: second unit
Chris Carreras .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... assistant director
Ernest Day .... second unit director
John Glen .... second unit director
Gareth Tandy .... assistant director: models
Lamar Boren .... underwater unit director (uncredited)
Barbara Broccoli .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director: space battle (uncredited)
Stefano Priori .... additional assistant director: action unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Ernest Archer .... assistant art director (as Ernie Archer)
Pierre Charron .... set dresser
David Coley .... carpenter: 1st assistant to Harry Laing
Jacques Douy .... assistant art director
Serge Douy .... assistant art director
Louis Duquenne .... construction manager
John Fenner .... assistant art director
Marc Frédérix .... assistant art director (as Marc Frederix)
Alain Guyard .... buyer
André Labussière .... set dresser (as Andre Labussiere)
Harry Lange .... space art director
John Lanzer .... buyer
Raymond Lemoigne .... props (as Raymond Le Moigne)
Jean-Pierre Nossereau .... buyer (as Jean Nossereau)
Michael Redding .... construction manager
Pierre Roudeix .... props
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Frank Walsh .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Gérard de Lagarde .... sound assistant (as Gerard De Lagarde)
Dino Di Campo .... dubbing editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer
John Iles .... consultant: Dolby
Catherine Kelber .... dialogue editor
Jean Labourel .... sound assistant
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects (as Jean Pierre Lelong)
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief re-recording mixer
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Allan Sones .... dubbing editor
Nigel Galt .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Parnell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
René Albouze .... special effects (as Rene Albouze)
Charles-Henri Assola .... special effects (as Charles Assola)
John Evans .... special effects
Serge Pouvianne .... special effects (as Serge Ponvianne)
John Richardson .... special effects
Ron Cartwright .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Chris Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Anton Furst .... special effects (uncredited)
Marc Ratcliffe .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jean Berard .... visual effects (France )
Robin Browne .... optical effects cameraman
Bill Hansard .... process consultant
Peter Lamont .... visual effects art director
Louis Lapeyre .... process effects (France )
Derek Meddings .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Wilson .... visual effects cameraman
Keith Holland .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen .... visual effects assistant camera (uncredited)
Michel Berreur .... stunts
Daniel Breton .... stunts
Claude Carliez .... stunt arranger: France
Claude Carliez .... stunts
Guy Di Rigo .... stunts
Dorothy Ford .... stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts
Richard Graydon .... stunts
Bob Simmons .... action sequence arranger
Paul Weston .... stunts
Don 'Tweet' Caltvedt .... skydiving stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... stunts (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Richard Kiel, cable car sequence (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunt double: Roger Moore, cable car sequence (uncredited)
Reg Harding .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Jake Lombard .... skydiving stunt double: James Bond (uncredited)
John Long .... stunt glider pilot (uncredited)
Ron Luginbill .... skydiving stunt double: Jaws (uncredited)
Peter Munt .... stunt double: horse stunts (uncredited)
Claude Pillas .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Dinny Powell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Richard Kiel (uncredited)
B.J. Worth .... skydiving stunt double: pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Delattre .... camera operator
Michel Deloire .... camera operator
James Devis .... camera operator
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... camera grip (as Chunky Huse)
Alec Mills .... camera operator
John Morgan .... camera operator
Patrick Morin .... still photographer
Jacques Renoir .... camera operator: second unit
René Strasser .... key grip (as Rene Strasser)
Jacques Touillaud .... gaffer (as Jacques Touilland)
Pierre Boffety .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lamar Boren .... photographer: underwater unit (uncredited)
Rande DeLuca .... aerial parachute photographer (uncredited)
Phillip Grosvenor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Peter Versey .... assistant camera: model unit (uncredited)
Richard Vidal .... electrician france (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Baudot .... wardrobe mistress
Jean Zay .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Peter Davies .... assistant editor
John Grover .... assembly editor
Luce Grunenwaldt .... assistant editor (as Luce Gruenwaldt)
Mike Round .... assistant editor (as Michael Round)
Alan Strachan .... assembly editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Andy Armstrong .... assistant location manager: Brazil
John Comfort .... location manager: USA
Frank Ernst .... location manager: Brazil
Philippe Modave .... location manager: Italy
Music Department
Monty Norman .... composer: James Bond theme
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Dominique Bach .... secretary to producer
Brian Bailey .... production accountant
Reginald A. Barkshire .... production coordinator
Paul Beugin .... production accountant: France
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main titles
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Eric Burgess .... space consultant
Gilles Durieux .... unit publicist
Simone Escoffier .... production secretary
Josie Fulford .... continuity
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Marguerite Green .... production assistant
Vernon Harris .... script editor
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Steve Swan .... unit publicist
Marie-Christine Adam .... stand-in: Ms. Bochenko (uncredited)
Jeremy Coote .... runner: uk (uncredited)
Tony Dyson .... robotics (uncredited)
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... consultant: aviation (uncredited)
Steve Gadler .... stand-in: Mr. Moore (uncredited)
A.N. Other .... stand-in: Mr. Llewelyn (uncredited)
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist: Italy (uncredited)
Denis Seurat .... stand-in (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs .... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Pinewood Studios  sound re-recording by (as Pinewood Studios {London})
  • S.I.M.O.  sound re-recording by (as S.I.M.O. {Paris})
  • Studio Davout  music recording at (as Studio Davout {Paris})

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ian Fleming's Moonraker" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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126 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2015) | Malaysia:18PL (original rating) | Malaysia:PG-13 (re-rating) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2000) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1979) | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: audio commentary) (2009) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1993) (2001) (2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Roger Moore's distaste at the shooting scene is quite genuine. In his autobiography, Moore expresses an extreme dislike for bloodsports and a reticence about guns.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Bond is in one of the corridors of Drax's space station as the station rattles from the attack, many of the "metal" walls flex as if made of foam or rubber.See more »
[first lines]
Captain:How are we doing, Richard?
RAF Officer:We should pass over the English coast 15 minutes ahead of time, sir.
Captain:Wow! With this load on our back, that's good going.
RAF Officer:Just trust the RAF, sir.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
At least I shall have the pleasure of putting you out of my misery., 5 June 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Moonraker is directed by Lewis Gilbert and adapted to screenplay by Christopher Wood from the novel written by Ian Fleming. It stars Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel and Corinne Dufour. Music is scored by John Barry and cinematography by Jean Tournier.

Bond 11 and 007 is tasked with finding out what happened to the Moonraker space shuttle that mysteriously disappeared up in space. His investigation takes him to the billionaire builder of the craft, Hugo Drax, where Bond discovers a fiendish plot to start a new world of perfect human beings.

At the end of The Spy Who Loved Me we were told that James Bond would return in For Your Eyes Only, but the gargantuan success of Star Wars and a rekindling of all things sci-fi led Albert Broccoli to send 007 out into space! Armed with a $30 million budget and using only the core base plotting of Fleming's novel, the makers crafted what many feel is the runt of the James Bond litter. The money "is" up there on the screen, it's excess overdrive, outlandish from start to finish and actually is very very entertaining. The problem is that in James Bond terms it barely feels like a Bond movie, it actually could be any bloke propelling the story, this is a guy reliant on gadgets and not his brain or brawn, quipping away purely for the sake of a cheap laugh. Ultimately it's a cash in, both in terms of the sci-fi boom hitting the late 70s and of the James Bond name.

If judged away from the Bond universe on its own popcorn terms, film is a blast, literally. As a whole it's a bit choppy, but many of the parts desperately trying to make up a cohesive blockbuster are great entertainment. Mid air scrap for a parachute, a cable car sequence brilliantly realised, centrifuge chamber peril, boat chase, laser fight and much space age malarkey, the film is chocked full of crowd pleasing moments. In fact it's often mistaken as being a film set in space, when in fact the action doesn't move up there until the last half hour, the previous hour and a half is spread out over France, Italy, Brazil, USA, Gutemala and of course England. The score and the title song, however, are very much Bond. With Barry and Bassey back respectively, film is filled with appropriate atmospheric space strains and a hauntingly emotive theme song.

Charaterisations are a mixed bag. Lonsdale's Hugo Drax is one of the better Bond villains, dignified, well educated and wallowing in a life of luxury, he's perfectly understated in Lonsdale's hands and in fact steals every scene he shares with Moore's Bond. Holly Goodhead (Chiles) is a bold Bond girl with many skills, she's a scientist and an astronaut, attractive and decently played by Chiles, if a touch unmemorable in the Bond girl universe. Kiel is back as Jaws, with the makers choosing to make him some love sick puppy dog, where once was a unique villain, now is cypher for slapstick and a crappy flip-flop of plotting, while the "love interest" for Jaws, Dolly (Blanche Ravalec), is cringe worthy. Sadly this would be the last appearance of Bernard Lee as M, but he leaves a favourable mark, as does Desomond Llewelyn as Q, but once again Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) is all too brief, the flirt and banter she used to share with Bond now seems long gone.

With a committed Bond fan base trudging through the turnstiles to see the latest instalment, the sci-fi fans intrigued by the themes of the story, and the general blockbuster loving crowd, Moonraker made a colossal $203 million at the worldwide box office. Making it the highest grossing Bond film so far, a record that would stick until Brosnan's debut in 1995. While critical notices were not as bad as some would have you believe, the critics clearly judging it on non Bond terms. Broccoli took notice of the fans, though, who were upset by the lack of respect to the serious side of Bond. He promised things would be different for Bond 12. 7/10

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