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This film proves that Roger Moore is the best bond. Not only does he
make a safari suit look like standard attire, his innuendos pack more
punch than a Rocky Balboa uppercut. However this film suffers from a
ridiculous plot (even for a bond film), terrible special effects, a
disappointing theme tune and a supporting cast that would look out of
place on the set of JAG.
These downfalls are overcome by the blazing performance of Moore. even though he looks like he could qualify for his bus pass, Moore is still sharper than Martin Lawerence covered in broken glass. If you want a serious bond film with a plot look towards The Living Daylights, The Man With the Golden Gun or From Russia With Love. Otherwise sit down, relax and appreciate the greatest comedy until Caddyshack 2.
My Rating: *** out of ****.
I have been reviewing James Bond films from the Volume 2 pack I got for Christmas. I have seen You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, and now Moonraker. So far out of those three the one that I like the best is You Only Live Twice. In fact, I hated Moonraker when I first saw it.
I can honestly say now I have a favorable reaction towards Moonraker. Its not quite as good YOTL but it is certainly better than Diamonds are Forever. Like Diamonds, Moonraker is hailed as one of the worst Bond films. To be frank, it is easy to have that kind of reaction. The plot is absolutely preposterous: Bond in Space? That was my reaction the first time. It is quite obvious Moonraker has flaws, I mean nearly every Bond film has flaws.
One disappointment about Moonraker is how terribly bland the Bond Girl turns out to be. Despite being attractive, Lois Chiles is dull as Holly Goodhead. She is definitely better than say Jill St. John as Tiffany Case but pales to the likes of Ursula Andress and Honor Blackman. This was one of the problems I had with Moonraker the first time I saw it and its still a problem here.
Michael Lonsdale is solid as Drax but he still cannot stand up with the greater villains. In many ways Richard Kiel is much more memorable as Jaws. He has an undeniable screen presence and is not someone you would want to run into in an alley (this happens in the film).
Although he undoubtedly pales to Connery and even Brosnan, Roger Moore is quite good as Bond here. He has a certain charm that makes him memorable but at the same time his film gets a little silly. This is the first film I have seen with Moore as Bond.
The special effects in Moonraker are quite impressive. They are at least close to being as good as Star Wars special effects. The action scenes are all done well. My favorite being the Cable Car scene.
Moonraker will more likely be looked at as a weaker Bond. It is by no means a great film or a great Bond. But it is definitely a good Bond that (for the most part) will keep you entertained from start to finish.
This is part 11 to the James Bond movies. All the James Bond movies are great. This one is better then all the James Bond movies that came before it. There are better James Bond movies that came after like For eyes only. O.c.t.o.p.u.s.s.y is also better. A view to a kill is also better. I do not think they is any thing wrong with a James Bond movie that is realistic. But I think that it should no be the b all end all. Realistic only matter so mush for documentaries. The James Bond movies are action movies. What is more important in these movies is how entertaining it is. No one goes to a middle earth movie and worries about how realistic it is. Realistic does not matter in movies most of the time. Sean Connery and Daniel Greg are great as James Bond. But Roger Moore is better. See all the James Bond movies. They are awesome. So what if this one is less realistic then the ones that came before it. It is awesome.
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.
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