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Moonraker was the movie that sent James Bond into space, partially cashing
in on Star Wars's success two years before this was made in
A space shuttle being carried by a Boeing 747 is stolen and the 747 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. When the wreckage is examined, there is no sign of the shuttle. James Bond is sent to investigate and after a speed boat chase in Venice, a fight with old enemy Jaws on top of a cable car (where after it crashes, Jaws falls in love with a small blonde), another boat chase and eventually, he ends up on Drax's space station which can't be seen on a radar. During all this, Bond meets and falls in love with Dr Goodhead. When on the space station, the radar tracking system is switched off and a space shuttle with an army of men is sent up to see what it is. During the laser gun fight, Jaws becomes Bond's ally and Bond sends Drax into space. After the space station breaks up, Jaws and his new love end up being safe after descending in a capsule from it, and Bond and Goodhead destroy the capsules that Drax sent to Earth to destroy cities.
Part of the theme tunes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Magnificent Severn are used in this move and we also here Jaws speak his only dialogue in both his Bond appearances: "Well, here's to us".
This was Roger Moore's fourth appearance as Bond and Richard Kiel's second as Jaws. The movie also stars Lois Chiles as Goodhead, Michael Lonsdale as Drax and Bond regulars Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn and Lois Maxwell.
Despite reading some bad reviews, I think Moonraker is one of Moore's better Bond movies.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Such a shame, this film is one of the most highly underrated bond films.
Beneath the outrageous sight gags, there is in fact an excellent film. A
little editing would have made this film better. Nevertheless the film
not fail to entertain, it boasts exotic locations and supplies an endless
array of excellent stunts and action sequences. Once again John Barry
provides an excellent music score, making sure every action scene is
accompanied by some scintillating music.
Chang is an marvellous villain. He is a silent, menacing figure; the intention was obviously to bring back memories of Oddjob. Chang makes a failed attempt to kill bond by manipulating a centrifuge to breakneck speeds. It's the best sequence in the film because there is genuine suspense and bond looks terrified by the ordeal. Despite all the aforementioned criticisms 'Moonraker' was both a public and financial success, the public seemed to enjoy it very much, and it went on to gross a staggering $203 million worldwide making it the highest grossing entry until 'Goldeneye' in 1996 which grossed $351 million worldwide. This is an excellent film in very respect, so sit back and enjoy!
My favourite Bond film. Features some of the better-looking of Bond women. Not very popular with the critics. How can you like one Roger Moore Bond and hate another? They're all great. One of these morons even wrote that "Moonraker" is too absurd, with its plot of outer- space adventure. You've gotta be kidding me! In nearly every single Bond film he saves the world (or just a couple of big cities, on his bad days), and in each and every one of them he survives in the most improbable ways, nearly single-handedly destroys whole crime empires, and gets laid with every single girl that he fancies. And then they pick on "Moonraker" for being short on logic and realism! They don't mind him saving the world from the Earth's ground, but it bothers them when it's outer-space based. Go figure. Film critics are MORONS.
One of the prime reasons this film was disliked is because they disliked the space aspect, and some of the silly comic things. Although it does have mixed reviews. Many also rate it well. I didn't see anything wrong with this movie. Roger Moore's performance was fine, the villian wasn't horrible, and the women weren't terrible. Personally one of my favorite Bond films, and yes this is partly because I like things involving space. Another thing HEAVILY underrated is Jaws's performance. I saw nothing wrong with it. Yes, maybe they shouldn't have had him fall in love, but before this he was as evil as he was in the Spy who Loved Me. Maybe I overrated in giving it a 10/10, but after seeing this movie I was highly satisfied, and saw nothing wrong with it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
By far, MOONRAKER is the most far fetched and unique of all the Bond
movies, simply because it too James Bond to a place he'd never been
before, outer space, a place where audiences could never have envisaged
the character of Bond going. At the end of THE SPY WHO LOVED
ME(1977),audiences were told that the next Bond movie would be FOR YOUR
EYES ONLY, but due to the release of STAR WARS:A NEW HOPE(1977)and
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND(1977),Albert R Broccoli decided to
make a Sci-fi flavoured Bond adventure and FFOR YOUR EYES ONLY was
shelved for the time being. The story is like this, a Moonraker space
shuttle owned by Drax industries in the USA is hijacked in transit on
it's way to the UK,007(ROGER MOORE)investigates the hijacking and his
findings lead him to the owner of the space shuttle,multi millionaire
Hugo Drax(MICHAEL LONSDALE)who has created a deadly gas and plans to
wipe out the entire human race and repopulate the earth with his own
Although MOONRAKER is a fantastic film and is definitely on the side of the better Bond movies, although it is a little hard to believe that James Bond would actually go into space and that an entire regiment of US army rangers would follow to do battle with a megalomaniac as depicted in the films climax. Factors like these prompted me to ask "What were the producers and writers thinking"?, it is apparent that Broccoli and United Artists had been bitten by the Sci-fi bug that was sweeping the globe in the late 70s.The film was scripted solely by Christopher Wood, who had co scripted THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, at times it felt as if he had let his imagination run away with him, MOONRAKER doesn't really feel like a Bond movie but I enjoyed it anyhow.
At times I felt as if the film was reverting back to the stupidity of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN(1974)as most of the action scenes got a little bit silly and were full of humour, however I did find them very amusing and they were excellent. The boat chase through Venice was great and I couldn't help but laugh as Bond Gondola mounts dry land and travels across the town square, I was very impressed by the sword/stick fight between Bond and Chang,check out how the two fight their way into a museum and trash the entire place. The cable car fight was also brilliantly done and the part where the cable car crashes through the building with Jaws inside the cable car was among one of the funniest scenes in the film, Jaws facial expression just says it all. The best action sequence of the whole film was the speedboat chase along the Amazon river, the way all the other boats exploded as they were hit with mines was fantastic, I nearly died laughing as Jaws rips the steering wheel off his boat before it plummets over a waterfall, again the look on his face is priceless. The battle in space at the end of the film was alright too but didn't compare with Bond's previous battles on earth. The funniest part of the film was the fight in mid air during the pre credits sequence, it was hilarious!,I had to pause the film because I was laughing so hard, it was just the sheer stupidity of it all, the way Bond and Jaws soar through the air and grapple with each other, the 007 theme playing in the background made it all the more funnier. The whole thing where Jaws gets a miniature sized girlfriend was a little silly but did manage to provoke laughter, I also loved the way he turns good at the end of the film and helps Bond fight Drax, it let audiences know that he was a gentle, loving man and not a colt blooded killer, look out for when he speaks at the end of the film, also the scene as 007 rides into a town on horseback to the theme of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN(1960)was also a nice touch.
The whole science fiction subplot didn't really appeal to me as I'm not a Sci-fi fan, I think the film will appeal fans of this particular genre and younger Bond fans but I did have fun with the film. It was great to see Jaws back and the title song by Shirley Bassey was beautiful, I really did enjoy the film and it was made even more fun by the presence of Roger Moore, MOONRAKER was the very first Bond film I saw as a child so it will always have a special place in my heart. Thankfully, Albert R Broccoli would make FOR YOUR EYES ONLY two years later which would bring Bond firmly back down to earth.8/10.
It's interesting that some of the most beloved Bond films are also some
of the worst (Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, For Your Eyes Only),
and some of the most reviled are among the best (On Her Majesty's
Secret Service, Moonraker, The Living Daylights).
This movie set a new high in entertainment value when it was released in 1979. It was the necessary upgrade of the franchise in the new era ushered in by Star Wars a couple of years earlier. It preserved the best of the genre (espionage intrigue, plot twists, Bond mystique, beautiful women, gadgets, humor, haunting cinematography, and mesmerizing music), but brought them out of the gloomy and cynical Cold War atmosphere and into a more futuristic and optimistic format. It kept the Bond franchise fun at a time when the standards for fun had taken a quantum leap.
Roger Moore does a nice job in his last credible portrayal of 007. Alas, his age became increasingly distracting starting with the next outing.
A lot of fun. Deserves much more credit than it is usually given.
Moonraker is a jolly bond film. It stars roger moores bond and the tone in the 70s is humour. this is reflected on screen and gives the film a positive tone. Moonraker has pretty actresses lois chiles (who had just starred in death on the nile) and corinne clery. the film was made with french and USA help and the presence of french actors corinne clery and michael lonsdale add to the film. there are a number of memorable moments in moonraker- the freefalling parachute sequence, the sequence on top of the cable cars, the chasing dogs, the presence of laser guns and Bond and Holly popping up at the end on the MI6 screens. the film is also known for the return of jaws. the character was huge in the previous film and he turns good in this film. the film was inspired by star wars and it's part of the adventure of space. the romance in moonraker is also an uplifting element and it was a very popular film when released in cinema
After "The spy who loved me" Bond producers wanted to do "For your eyes
only". But the massive "Star Wars" success made them change their mind
-sending 007 to space.
"Moonraker" (1979) is maybe too fanciful and slapstick, with too many special effects, stunts and gadgets. The film goes too far away also from the previous movie ("The spy"), which was perfect.
But "Moonraker" is very well done, from a technical point of view it's a masterpiece. It's surprising to see how everything was made with accuracy -for movies, in 1978-79, there were neither computers nor CGI effects.
The film is really funny and entertaining, with beautiful sceneries and sets. Venice, France, California, Brazil and Guatemala are the fantastic locations. Scenes in the space are only in the last 30 minutes of the movie -so it's not true that the film is entirely set in the space, as some detractors say.
The film contains also homages to "The magnificent seven", "Close encounters of the third kind" and "2001" -discover them! 7,5/10
Before watching this movie I had heard a lot of negative remarks about this movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. The plot was pretty interesting, the main villain was pretty charismatic and Roger Moore was actually better here then in many of his previous movies. He showed well his fragility when he refuses the helping hand of Dr. Goodyear just when he gets out of the space capsule that was turning around pretty fast in circles. Even the soundtrack sang yet again by Shirley Basset is pretty good. It has similarities with 'the spy who loved me' but is as good as that movie and in some aspects even better. Some people may not like the space battle but I thought it was quite cool for a 1979 movie. I enjoyed the part of the various people who were selected for the space station and we get to see them in the space shuttles with the heavenly theme being played.
Yeah, it's campy, far fetched and hokey. But I like that. A good villain, and Jaws, who gets some character depth, help the entertainment value. Technically, it isn't very good, but it's entertaining and that what counts. 7/10!
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