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Moonraker (1979)

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writer:

Christopher Wood (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Lois Chiles ... Holly Goodhead
Michael Lonsdale ... Hugo Drax
Richard Kiel ... Jaws
Corinne Cléry ... Corinne Dufour (as Corinne Clery)
Bernard Lee ... M
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Frederick Gray
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Toshirô Suga ... Chang (as Toshiro Suga)
Emily Bolton ... Manuela
Blanche Ravalec ... Dolly - Jaws' Girlfriend
Irka Bochenko Irka Bochenko ... Blonde Beauty
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Col. Scott (as Michael Marshall)
Leila Shenna Leila Shenna ... Hostess Private Jet
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Storyline

James Bond is back for another mission and this time, he is blasting off into space. A spaceship travelling through space is mysteriously hijacked and Bond must work quickly to find out who was behind it all. He starts with the rockets creators, Drax Industries and the man behind the organization, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again. Written by simon

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Bond has a new and even more deadly adversary See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scenes set in Venice, Pope John Paul I died. Filming was then suspended for the day, partly because the bells ringing in Venice mourning his death were so loud, it made it impossible to work. See more »

Goofs

The clock on the outside of Drax's mansion changes from 4:37 to 10:05 as Bond & Corinne are landing in the helicopter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: How are we doing, Richard?
RAF Officer: We should pass over the English coast 15 minutes ahead of time, sir.
Captain: Wow! With this load on our back, that's good going.
RAF Officer: Just trust the RAF, sir.
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Crazy Credits

[Filmed at ...] Pinewood Studios (London) and on location in Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, U.S.A. and Outer Space! See more »

Alternate Versions

The Italian TV version is heavily edited to fit into the scheduling but this also alters the plot of the film significantly, particuarly in the opening skydiving sequence. After stealing the pilot's parachute Bond clips it shut and the scene involving Jaws is completely gone. Instead we cut from the pilot screaming to the shot of someone falling onto the circus big top, making it look as if this is the pilot. Also the scene with the girl being torn apart by dogs is gone, after she shows Bond the hidden safe she is never seen again and Drax only appears in the Cucumber Sandwiches scene before we see him chastising Bond for breaking up the fight with the snake. See more »

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Referenced in Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) See more »

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Theme from The Magnificent Seven
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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Maybe too fanciful but still enjoyable
4 October 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

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


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | Portuguese

Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Moonraker See more »

Filming Locations:

Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,108,344, 1 July 1979

Gross USA:

$70,308,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,308,099
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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