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Roger Moore returns as James Bond "007" in this eleventh installment,
which finds him sent on a mission to recover a stolen space shuttle,
which leads him to the ship builders Drax industries, where owner Hugo
Drax(played coldly by Michael Lonsdale) denies all knowledge of the
incident, but of course that is a lie, as he has a secret plan that
will affect the whole world... Lois Chiles plays a CIA agent(Holly
Goodhead) who helps him with his investigation, which takes him from
Venice, to Rio, then finally outer space! Richard Kiel also returns as
hulking hit-man nicknamed Jaws.
Though hurt by some undeniable silliness and copying of "Star Wars", I still found this a fun adventure(as long as you don't think about credibility too much!) that benefits from the good will left over by Roger Moore's growth in the role, and the previous film "The Spy Who Loved Me". Still, this tone couldn't continue, and it wouldn't upon his return...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This motion picture hit the theaters on June 29 1979 Starring: Roger
Moore as James Bond, Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead, Michael
Lonsdale as Hugo Drax and Richard Kiel as Jaws. Agent 007 James Bond
blast into orbit in this action packed adventure that takes him to
Venice, Rio de Janeiro and Outer Space.
Summary: When Bond investigates the hijacking of Moonraker, which was piggyback on an American Space Shuttle, he and the beautiful CIA Agent Dr. Holly Goodhead are soon locked in a life or death struggle. The person there struggling with is Hugo Drax, a power mad industrial whose horrified scheme may cause people to reshape there lives. The picture opens with the shuttle riding piggyback when the engine fires and it takes of on its own. James is shown to be in a private plane when he's left by himself as the man and lady that were with him, shootout the plane instruments before bailing out. Therefore, Bond jumps out of the plane after and goes after the man that has the parachute. Both Bond and the man he's after fight over the parachute as they fall through the sky heading for land. James is summoned by the British Prime Minister to find out what happen to Moonraker. Therefore, Bond leaves the office and goes to California where he's met by a helicopter who takes Bond to Hugo Drax place of training. After a meeting with Drax, Bond is given a tour of the grounds. After his tour, Bond is taken and introduce to Dr. Holly Goodhead and she process to take Bond to see Moonraker. Drax tells his supervisor to make sure some harm comes to Bond. Bond is put into a machine by Dr. Goodhead that can reach 20G, which could kill you. When Dr Goodhead is call up by Mr. Drax, Drax hit-man takes over the experiment. As the supervisor takes control of the instruments he starts to make the machine go faster and faster. The only way for Bond to get the machine to slow down is to shootout the instruments. Later that night Bond charms his way into the Drax office where he unlocks the safe and takes pictures of plans that he found in Drax presents. The next day, Drax invites Bond to go on a pheasant hunt where Bond first shot takes down a pheasant. However, the price for one of the employees who help Bond could be costly. The role of Drax was first offered to James Mason who turned it down. In the picture The Spy Who Loved Me, Lois Chiles was offered the part to play Russian Agent Anya but turned it down because she wanted to cut back on her workload. Some parts of the picture where shot in different locations such as the Rockwell International Manufacturing Assembly Plant in Palmdale California. The other location that was used for this picture was the Vehicle Assembly Building in Cape Canaveral in Florida. This was the fourth film in which roger Moore was used as James Bond and the second one that the opening scene was shot with Bond using a parachute. This was the first movie that featured a space shuttle. The release of this film was suppose to be around the time the NASA was going to release its first ever shuttle launch into outer space. In order to create the final shot in which the space station is destroyed, the visual effects crew locked themselves in the studio and shot the model of the space station to pieces using shotguns. When work on the film began, NASA had in fact not yet officially finalized the design of the Space Shuttle. Fortunately, for the production designers, there were subsequently no visible changes made to the shuttle's design, making their rendering of it accurate.
As far as my thoughts on this movie? I didn't think that this picture had attention grabber that the others did. Even though I thought Lois Chilies was good she didn't have the glamor that some of the other Bond picture did. Barbara Bach would have done so much to the role of Bonds leading woman if she would have been given a chance. Overall, this movie didn't have the suspense the others had so I give this movie 6 weasel stars.
With loads of Bond girls Roger Moore returns with a tongue and
cheek James Bond that is even more so prevalent in this entry.
Lead and strong Bond girl Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead is more than sufficient and Michael Lonsdale's Hugo Drax is perfect. Calm, charming and debatably one of the best Bond bad guys.
The stunts are fantastic but the stunt doubles are usually so unlike the leads it takes you out of the moment particularly in Moonrakers case. There's excellent sets, a great Barry score but the film has too many comedy moments and although the first half is not bad as soon as Bond goes into space it loses it's way and the great special effects are wasted due to its outlandish laser beam driven ending that feels removed from what 007 is all about. This coupled with too many unsubtle nods to other movies hampers its enjoyment which is a shame for such a successful franchise.
It's fun fast food Bond that overall fails to mix two genres and just cashes in on what was hot at the time. In this case science fiction and cash in it did, surprisingly becoming a smash hit in1979.
The eleventh in the series and the fourth to feature Moore, it starts off pretty well as Bond investigates the disappearance of a space shuttle, taking him from California to Venice to Brazil. The locales are nice and the action scenes are well executed. Then the action shifts to space and the film becomes tedious and drags on far too long. It's obviously an attempt to cash in on the recent success of "Star Wars" but the film would have done better to stay grounded. Lonsdale makes a capable villain while Chiles and Clery are lovely if standard-issue Bond girls. Kiel returns as Jaws, gets a girlfriend, and even gets a line of dialog. Barry provides one of his better scores.
Seems to me that James Bond was at his worst in Moonraker as some film critics would say and there appears to be a lot of flaws about this film. I have seen it loads of times and there obviously appears to be lots of good points about it and the plots worked out well while in other parts of the film's length, there are some weaknesses. I like the country settings particularly when set in Venice and Rio whereas the settings of Drax's "stately mansion" would actually have been impossible to be set in a heart of a Southern Californian vineyard or dessert as he would have been living in Las Vegas-style luxury instead while a giant 7.1 Richard Kiel steals the show with a second and one more appearance as a lovable steel-toothed henchman called Jaws. Around that time, much to his own embarrassment, Roger Moore had to complete two other films (North Sea Hyjack and Escape to Athena) that were issued the same year as Moonraker, neither of them were a success in the box office but a disaster and was this coupled with the reason why the critics rated Moonraker as "underrated" and a worst James Bond film and Roger Moore being either a typecast and can't act? In some philosophical point of view, this had little to do with the typecast actor's acting abilities but mainly due to "landing quite by accident" in some silly film plot that just didn't work of some kind.
Moonraker went over the top, but it's still highly enjoyable.
After the success of The Spy Who Loved Me, the producers felt Bond movies could even be more outrageous.
The audience loved it and Moonraker became the most successful Bond movie ever, until 1995 when GoldenEye was released.
The actors don't have much to do between all the special effects, including James 'Roger Moore' Bond himself.
The storyline can't be taken seriously, but it doesn't attempt to be serious. The space-scenes, though admittedly ridiculous, do look real from a 1979 point of view.
Moonraker was a roller-coaster ride from beginning until the end and the people loved it.
If you watched the end credits to 'Spy Who Loved Me', you read that
James Bond would return in 'For Your Eyes Only'...
... that was until 'Star Wars' took over the known universe.
Loosely... very loosely based on the Ian Flemming premise, Moonraker takes us where no Spy has gone before. This film does for Moore what 'You Only Live Twice' did for Connery, it paid the bills.
Take a good female sung title song and John Barry score, mix it with great locations and exotic women, shake it up and then fling it into the upper atmosphere. It'll stick to the wall, but the epic length really doesn't lead to epic film.
Still, a good bond vehicle and popcorn movie.
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
First of all this is not a Star Wars ripoff. It was a book before George Lucas ever thought up the story for Star Wars. Roger Moore has never been at his best has James Bond. He always seems to make the character more interesting every time. A good mix of action, sci-fi and romance. Richard Kiel is also good has Jaws. In my opinion this is not a Star Wars ripoff
Some say this film has gone too far from Fleming's creation: but it really hasn't. Only the last 30 minutes are set in space. In other words-it's still Bond. It's still not great-but it's still about 007. 4 stars out of 5.
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