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This is the most entertaining movie I have ever seen. And I have watched a
lot of movies.
`Moonraker' is perfect in every way. It is much more than just an action movie such as the other Bonds.
This really is a piece of art. Surreal. Ingenious. Stunning.
Where do I start? Well, Roger Moore's fourth 007 epic is indeed a poor affair to say the least. After the success of previous Bond movie 'The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)' the Bond franchisers lose the plot completely with this entry in the long-running series. I'm a die hard Bond fan, I love the films and find it difficult to find fault in them. However, whilst the film has certain redeeming features, in general this is bad!! Moonraker contains the lowest point in which the 007 movies have sunk too - steel toothed villain Jaws falling in love!! Its all too formulaic and is no more than Bond by the numbers. Released in 1979 and the first not to be made at Pinewood studios in England, it cashed in on the space craze which hit the silver screen at the end of the seventies (predominately due to the success of Star Wars). At the time the most expensive Bond film ever made, its not difficult to see that the majority of the alloted budget went to special effects rather than to that of the script! The character of 007 has never been so diminished then it is here in this movie. Bond is now merely a tool that demonstrates gadgets and not quick wits. The film can be entertaining if you can over look previous great 007 films such as 'From Russia With Love' and 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. For its when you compare this offering to those movies you realise how far off the rails the series has gone. Shirley Bassey provides the theme song for the third and final time, its nice enough but not particularly memorable. Bernard Lee makes his final appearance as 'M'. If you're a 12 year-old and you like mindless sci-fi movies that require little attention span, then this is the Bond for you! Sorry to stereotype, but in actual fact most people I've chatted with who like this movie fall into this category. Bond films always provide a sense of deja vu. That's fine by me, its part of the charm of the series, in essence all (bar one or two) follow the same winning story line and it works well. Moonraker stretches credibility way too far without success. Thankfully producer Albert R. Broccoli took heed of this and returned the good commander to earth in 'For Your Eyes Only (1981).
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I grew up watching Bond films as a kid, and that was during the 1980's,
my late mother was a huge fan, and I always heard as a kid that
Moonraker was the worst of the Bond films and then chose to ignore it.
I didn't get around to watching it, until I was almost 27 years old. I'm now 35, I was born in 77 so do the math. Well regardless I think this is now one of my favourite films, not just a Bond film, but a space film. I love everything about this film, it has class, great acting, great special effects(for it's time), and also a great score. I loved all the space scenes, they were reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I know Star Wars is the only reason Bond went to space in 1979, but still, it has great atmosphere, with an awesome technological story. They saved the best for last in this film, and I loved every minute of it.
An arch villain trying to take over the world through some kind of atmospheric plague, creating a new super race. Sounds a lot like the idiot Hitler in WWII. Except this is on a more modern scale.
I love this film for what it is, and love it as part of Bond history. Moore is excellent. I'm also not here to argue what actor played Bond the best, nor am I here to argue the point of what Bond film was the greatest. I just really love this instalment in the Bond series, and will love watching it for years to come.
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"Moonraker" is one of the most awesome movies I have seen in my entire
life. Bond and Space together!!! How can you go wrong?! To review this
movie, let us consider each of the characters.
James Bond (Roger Moore): James Bond is a beast in this movie. I mean, he beats the ninja's ass, he bangs two babes (one while in space), and he saves the world from an evil Nazi from space. What more could he possibly do?
Hugo Drax: He has always been my favorite Bond villain (of course it helps we have the same first name). I mean, to begin with, he is a PIMP. Look at all those girls around him, it is like damn Drax you are fly. He lives in space. He shoots lasers. He wants to take over the world. He likes pressing people to cucumber sandwiches. He feeds his exes to dogs. This man is the coolest dude to ever grace the silver screen.
Jaws: He is my favorite henchman in a Bond film (ever since I reached the Aztec Comples in Goldeneye). I mean, come on, he has freaking metal teeth and is like 8 feet tall. Plus he gets a woman, although I always thought he could do better than Dolly. I love him here. I love him in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (movie and book where he's 'The Horror'). I love him in "Goldeneye" and "Everything or Nothing", too. Here's hoping he's back for Bond 22.
The Girls: I have always thought Bond is at his best when he's with a Russian chick (besides Natalya who Goldeneye 64 convinced me to hate with a passion). Obviously here he isn't but oh well. The girls pass.
The Song: The main song of this movie is freaking sweet. I have the Best of Bond CD and love blasting it through the streets.
Overall: "Moonraker" is awesome. I recommend it to guys who like movies (especially movies with lasers and spacemen).
In my opinion, this is one of Bond's better films with Roger Moore at the
helm. I believe this because I am also a sci-fi fan and I liked the fact
that Fleming incorporated the space shuttle program, which was fairly new at
the time of production. I've always been a bigger fan of Connery over
Moore, but having watched the show just this afternoon on cable reminds me
of my affections for this outing.
Moore follows a shuttle which was believe destroyed on this mission that sends him, once again, to the United States, where his CIA counterpart, for once, is not Felix Lighter (sorry if I misspelled the last name--& I am not going to spoil it for you, either). Among his travels, he encounters many space related problems and his old nemesis, Jaws. Good movie, overall, I think, and I gave it an extra point just for the fact that it was sci-fi based.
John-597 is absolutely correct!
Moonraker is one of the most enjoyable Bond films for its complete package of excellent stunts, special effects, gadgets, beautiful women, and Globe-trotting plot. We even have closure for Jaws! Given that nearly ALL Bond films are (just a bit) far fetched, this one at least gives a rather unique plot with a double dose of technology and eye-candy!
Yes- I have given this one a 10/10 rating, because I give a damn for what critics and purists think.This is one incredible adventure that will never get dated. What more can you expect from an action movie ? It starts with a spectacular sky-diving sequence,and mind you, this is 1979 ! This couldn't have been done better today. Roger Moore looks, and performs excellently in this movie.Wooden performance ?? He is the best Bond there ever was !Then come the action sequences, which are as great as they can be in a James Bond action movie.I am saying action movie because those who are looking for a James Bond thriller should go for Sean Connery's films, or Timothy Dalton's , for that matter.This is Moore's territory, and here we have action by the bucketful.Add to that the space aspect, and man, you get an all-rounder. "Moonraker" is definitely one. The scenarios are lavish, the score is good, and the Bond girls are too. Michael Lonsdale is a decent villain, and Jaws' transformation from monster to loverboy is one of the best parts of the movie. Compare this to today's action fare dished out by Hollywood, and you will see that Moore's Bond films will have their place in posterity .Watch it !
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"Moonraker" is often said to be the worst Bond movie, but it's hard to
understand why. It's fast-paced, entertaining and follows the "Bond
formula" to the letter.
The megalomaniacal villain is Hugo Drax, who's out to replace humans with his genetically engineered superhumans. The Bond girl who gets killed is Drax's pilot. The Bond girl who survives (Holly Goodhead, played by Lois Chiles) is a CIA agent. The exotic locations this time take place in South America; there are cities, swamps, pyramids and all sorts of other beautiful locations. And what Bond film doesn't include a memorable, totally implausible climax? This time it occurs in and outside of a space station.
There are several good action scenes; for example, one in a G-force simulator and another on cable cars. The villain has truly insane ways to kill Bond, and all of them fail. There's a giant python that Bond kills in one scene, and in another, Drax puts Bond and Holly under the exhaust of a space shuttle, ignoring that there was a shaft that they could escape through.
The special effects are excellent. I don't know how "Alien" could have won the Oscar over "Moonraker." This is especially true during the laser battle at the end. And James and Holly trying to destroy the errant gas pellets is very tense.
Lois Chiles isn't much of an actress, but her character is a good one. She won't put up with Bond's sexist nonsense, and she can really kick some tail. Richard Kiel returns as ace henchman Jaws, but this time he isn't quite as mindless.
This movie isn't ground-breaking in any way whatsoever, but it is an entertaining movie that those who like cinematic Bond should like.
When first I saw this movie I was 13 years old so I have fond memories of
being a Bond fan myself.When I watch it now, it doesn't feel the same
because the movie industry has progressed a lot since 1979. But for its
time, its a very good production. The movie did cost a lot and made well
ticket sales.I know that at times the fight scenes aren't great but still
has classic Bond elements.It has Great stunts (the opening is one of the
best in the series),exotic locations, beautiful women,devious villians and
nice humorous lines.
Some people today mock ,criticize or belittle James Bond as too difficult to believe or something silly.But James Bond isn't about real life or your average spy. He is a larger than life persona and the embodiment of the best secret agent.That is why when a Bond movie comes out, people around the world go and watch it.Plus the ticket sales would be awesome. People like like to live in a fantasy for a couple of hours watching their favourite hero save the world again and again. So if Bond wasn't so popular then the series wouldn't have made it past 3 movies.The people who wrongly criticize Bond movies, should try to make one.I am sure that all the producers around the world have tried to imitate Bond in making spy movies or use stuff that are found in his movies only to fail to surpass the legend.Imagine that the Bond film makers have to outdo themselves each time a Bond movie comes out.So for those people, try to take each Bond according to each time and you will see that its one of the best of its time.There are a lot of cinematic techniques that have been revolutionized through the Bond movies as well as record breaking stunts and gadgetry.
Moonraker is a great Bond movie.Roger Moore is a wonderful actor and plays his role well.James Bond is about tradition and legacy so get used to it, enjoy the show or try watching something else.
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Roger Moore makes his fourth appearance as James Bond in this big-budget adventure. He seems to have settled into the role by now and the actor exudes confidence. Although Moonraker is often degraded for being overly fatuous, it is a highly entertaining adventure that epitomises Moore's light-hearted portrayal of Bond.
The opening sequence is very shrewd and is only spolied at the close by the inappropriate comical actions of Jaws. Maurice Binder fails to produce an innovative title sequence and this one looks dated and two-dimensional. John Barry's musical scores are below par and they fail to augment the drama of the film.
The plot is credible even though I am nonplussed at why Bond immediately thought that Drax was responsible for the hijack of the shuttle after he received his mission briefing. Drax's apocalyptic plot should present Bond with his toughest challenge yet, but the movie fails to exploit this and therefore the drama is often flat. The locations are impressive and Bond spends a lot of time travelling from the US to Venice and then onto Rio de Janeiro before he heads into the Brazilian jungle and then into space. You can't help but feel that 007 should stay in one place for longer.
The tone of this review is somewhat disparaging but the movie does have its high points. Q's wrist-dart-gun proves to be useful to 007 and Lois Chiles is very effective as Bond's sidekick, even if 007 does go out of his way to be cringingly chauvinistic at times. Didn't he learn anything from Major Amasova in the previous offering? Most of the action takes place on terra firma and therefore learns from the mistakes of Thunderball.
After a stuttering start, the Moore mobile was in cruise mode for this film and it would continue to be for several films to come. Moonraker shows THE James Bond in action. Enjoy!
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