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Moonraker (1979)

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

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Lewis Gilbert

Writer:

Christopher Wood (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 traveling through space is mysteriously hi-jacked 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 organisation, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again. Written by simon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the most exotic locations on Earth, MOONRAKER will take you out of this world! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,308,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Early script and storyboards for the movie reveal another character who was ultimately dropped from the picture, a sidekick villain henchman called Ratz, who was involved in the cable car sequence with Jaws. See more »

Goofs

Chang watches Bond leave the room in which Bond finds the safe. When Bond walks away from the room, we see Chang's rear profile standing up, in the next shot he's back crouching in the corner again. 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

THE END of "MOONRAKER" James Bond will return in "FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" See more »

Alternate Versions

The end credits differ slightly between various prints. To tell some apart, for example, on the Blu-ray edition large Panavision and Dolby Stereo credits fade in on their own after the cast list (and the 5th row of names is too far to the right so Serge Douy becomes Serge Dou), whereas on older DVD, laserdisc, and VHS releases the crawl is more simplified with small Panavision and Dolby credits that move along with the rest (and enough room for Serge Douy's name). It is possible that the latter was recreated quickly to fix the name problem. Both versions have slightly different timing to the appearance of the different components (filming locations, crawl, The End and For Your Eyes Only teaser). See more »

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Soundtracks

Romeo And Juliet Overture-Fantasy
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Not all that bad...
3 March 2005 | by ThomasHaydenSee all my reviews

Considered almost unanimously as one of the worst films in James Bond series, it is time for Moonraker to have a defender. On my opinion, this is Moore's best fourth outing as 007(may be not saying too much, but there are three films left), and a very entertaining sci-fi film. Critics argue that humor plays a strong hand in this movie-strong to such a degree that Bond character loses all personality, becoming blurred in an impressive set of FX and stunt men. I reply: certainly there are flaws, some of them (particularly Jaws conversion towards the end) very ridiculous. But there are good points, too. Remember that pre-credit scene, which was ACTUALLY shot in the air, the motorboat chase or the final space battle, one of the most spectacular moments of the entire series, (yeah, it was unrealistic, OK, but tell me how much realism you can find watching other Bond movies which are frequently referred to as" the best". Think of Goldfinger or You only live twice)

However, Moonraker does not compare to Octopussy or TSWLM, because of a sometimes plodding pacing, due to the addition of unnecessary scenes, especially during the first half, when James is Drax's guest in California. The love story is a mere and inferior copy of TSWLM. And, while in other Moore's films the blend of humor and Bond's trademark coolness worked smoothly, here Bond is not given a scene to show, not necessarily ruthlessness, but a bit of harshness, as we could see in FYEO or Octopussy.

Following Moore's outings will feature Cold War elements which seem to fit more with the character, and better screenplays from Richard Maibaum,the series' screenwriter who was mysteriously absent here.

But action remains mostly exciting, sometimes brilliant, and highlights what could have been a mediocre entry.


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