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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A silly, spectacular spy-fi adventure.

Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
31 December 2011

I admit it—even at the tender age of eleven, I had problems with the laser battle at the climax of Moonraker, recognising it as a lame attempt by the James Bond camp to jump on the Star Wars bandwagon. I also had issues with the film's many other unbelievably corny moments, especially the pigeon doing a double-take, Bond and Holly Goodhead leaping to safety from a Rio cable car, and the previously emotionless professional killer Jaws experiencing love at first sight.

Over the years, though, my disdain for Moonraker's abject silliness has waned somewhat, with me eventually accepting the camp nature and tongue-in-cheek humour as part of the Bond series' evolution; as Moore grew obviously too old for the part, self-mockery was inevitable, and besides, after Pierce Brosnan drove an invisible BMW and para-surfed a tidal wave in Die Another Day, nothing that Moore ever did as Bond has seemed quite so stupid again!

Nowadays, I watch this one with an admiration for the spectacular sets, gorgeous women, breath-taking scenery, impressive special effects, and an undeniable sense of fun.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

good James bond movie.

Author: kyle-mcdonald from Canada
14 July 2007

This is another good James bond movie and for all the same reasons it has lots of action in it it has a good screen play James bond in space awesome idea roger Moore once again does a great James bond in this movie the acting is good in and the actors are good in it the villains are good again and once again Richard Kiel does a great jaws in this movie. I'm sure you will not be disappointed with moonraker. I'm sure that you will have a good time watching moonraker and you will watch it over and over again. Great adaption of moonraker

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***1/2 out of *****

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Escapist Perfection

Author: Christopher72 from Miami, Florida
6 February 2004

A wise man once said "I may not know art, but I know what I like." The same holds true in film, which is why I dismiss the short and scathing reviews of "Moonraker." Roger Moore's fourth outing as Bond certainly seems to be the most polarizing of the series, which is surprising because it has all the classic Bond elements on a sweeping scope from the opening credits: skydiving sans parachute, hang-gliding, not one but two boat chases, a French chateau, Venice, a Concorde ride to Rio, and finally to earth orbit in a space shuttle. (For you post-Nixon children, the space shuttle was a big deal in 1979, since NASA's didn't actually fly into space until two years later.) And of course, the incredible sets. It's not any more far-fetched than "Die Another Day" (Brosnan's worst!). And it did not have the continuity problems that plagued "Diamonds Are Forever." (Ughh, don't get me started on that one: the reason Connery said "Never again.")

One of the underlying attractions of the Bond films is that they take the average poor schmoe somewhere they would probably never go otherwise. "Moonraker" has that sweeping scope. Granted, it requires a greater suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy (as opposed to the hard-edged examples of "For Your Eyes Only" and "License To Kill"), but if you can get past some of the silliness (such as the visually-stunning yet implausible space battle finale), you can see the really fantastic job the producers pulled off. A megalomaniacal premise in the Bond tradition, solid (if occasionally uninspired) acting, ILM quality special effects, and superb scoring. It is escapism, pure and simple. But then again, all Bond films are, to one degree or another. The fact is, if you want an edgy, realistic spy flick, see "Ronin" with Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno. Incidentally, Michael Lonsdale, the icy Hugo Drax, is in that one, too, in a more human and humane role. For escapist perfection, you have Bond, with "Moonraker" the most expansive example of escapism the series is likely to ever produce.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Nasty Reviewers

Author: MCETXCEM from Morgans Point Resort, TX
22 June 2003

I have read all the comments about James Bonds 11th film **Moonraker** and all I have to say is if you were born after 1962 you should leave this film alone, I love it when the kids today review movies and they just don't get it, you have to have lived in the time when all these movies first came out or you just don't have a clue

I love reading how **Moonraker** ripped off **Star Wars**, actually **Moonraker** was written by Ian Fleming in the late 50's and they adapted the screenplay to make the movie

If you can't enjoy this movie then I truly feel sorry for you, because it has everything you could want in a James Bond film; Beautiful Women, Great Locations, Great Actors, and Great Stunt Work; the opening scene when Jaws pushes James Bond out of an airplane is truly fantastic!!

You young reviewers are truly pathetic!!

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Not so good

Author: henrymadman from United Kingdom
29 September 2007

Moonraker, released in 1979 is the eleventh film in the James Bond series and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. When the end credits rolled for the previous Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, it said: 'James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only; however, the producers chose Moonraker as the basis for the next film, following the box office success of the 1977 space-themed film Star Wars. For Your Eyes Only was subsequently delayed and ended up following Moonraker in 1981.

In the film, Bond is set on the trail of a space shuttle that went missing during transport on the back of a plane. He visits the owner of the transport company, Hugo Drax, to investigate further. After befriending space scientist Holly Goodhead and a narrow brush with a centrifuge, Bond follows the trail of clues from California, to Venice, to the Amazon rain forest and finally into outer space in a bid to prevent a genocidal plot to conquer the world.


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Why did this do so bad?

Author: general-melchett from United Kingdom
9 December 2006

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I am very surprised that people call Moonraker the worst Bond - I think it is great. It may be 27 years old now, but Bond's first scene on the plane with Jaws is one that I won't forget and always enjoy watching. It isn't badly done either - I don't understand why Moonraker has lost universal appeal.

This Bond is also full of classic scenes - including the bit where Bond drives the special Gondola through the streets of Italy and the bit where Bond shoots the sniper who is trying to kill him from a tree. The fact that this Bond was filmed in space makes it a true landmark in film-making - even nowadays, filmmakers rarely go beyond the bounds of Earth.

Roger Moore is a good Bond, and one of the most well-known. Richard Kiel is brilliantly menacing as Jaws, who keeps his status as a great baddie throughout the whole film. Bond's best line in this film was "Take a giant leap for mankind", after killing Hugo Drax on his space station and then pushing him into space to his death. With classic quotes, action scenes and Bond's super-spying, why did Moonraker lose appeal with many? I don't care what you lot think - I think Moonraker is a great Bond and one that should be watched many times to appreciate its true glory. Even if it is just to see the ninja get thrown out the clock tower and go crashing into the concert hundreds of feet below, I still recommend you give this one a try. Brilliant! 9/10

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Author: ross robinson from england
15 June 2004

Moonraker was made in 1979, the last movie of the 1970's, i thought it was a good movie to watch, i thought it was great to see Jaws back in the movie. Roger Moore is a fantastic actor i think but i think Sean Connery is the best james bond actor ever than the others who took the part as playing james bond. Roger Moore played james Bond 7 times as he took over the part of playing james bond in 1973 after Sean Connery. His first james bond movie to starr in was Live and Let die, which was released in 1973. The next one was the man with the golden gun which was released in 1974. The spy who loved me was his 3rd bond movie which was released in 1977, Moonrkaer was of course the next title which was released in 1979 (the last in the 70's) for your eyes only was the next one, the first in the 1980's, this one was released in 1981, the next one was octopussy which was released in 1983, the last james bond movie roger moore did was a view to a kill which was made in 1985. I give Moonraker 10 out of 10.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Good 007 film!

Author: Movie Nuttball from U.S.A.
20 February 2003

This James Bond film is cool! the beginning was great! I loved the very

first return scene of Jaws when he pushed 007 out of the plane and I loved how 007 was flying through the air trying to get the bad guy.

I liked how it was edited and how it matched with the Bond theme. Roger Moore was good and Richard Kiel is always good. I was a little surprised when Jaws got his large self a girlfriend and she wasn't bad looking either and I really think Jaws/Kiel is just not a neat person but a handsome man as well. Drax was a good villain. I don't think Moonraker is Star Wars rip off. If you liked all of the other 007 films then you'll really like Moonraker!

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

The best Bond movie

Author: nameeees from Lund, Sweden
26 December 1999

I think that Moonraker is one of the best Bond movies. Roger Moore is very good as James Bond. The movie is an adventure. James Bond travels to many different countries, for example Italy. James Bond is also in space. The movie is very very exciting.

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Great movie, Moore is the best Bond & Jaws the best villian in the franchise

Author: landocolt45 from CT
2 July 2003

This was the first Bond film I saw as a child. I thought Moore was great as Bond & Jaws IS the best Bond villian. The opening scene with the skydiving is arguably the best of all Bond films. Does it have some low points? Of course, as I see all 007 films as having some camp to them. Lois Chiles is not a great actress & the whole laser gun shooting scene was a bit absurd. Other than that, I don't see why people bash this film as much as they do. I still enjoy the film to this day as I approach my 29th birthday. To all the people saying "this should have never been made", think again. The film cost in the 30 million dollar range to make & grossed over 400 million worldwide. I'm sure if you were getting a piece of that action, you would shut your mouth. These are probably the baby boomers who think Connery is the only Bond.

Think again.

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