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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

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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Now outer space now belongs to James Bond 007 [Variety ad] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Bond meets Drax at the hunt, Drax signals to someone to blow a horn. The three notes he plays are the first three notes of "Also sprach Zarathustra", most well known as the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey". See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence in which the shuttle is stolen, the shuttle's three main engines fire to break free of its 747 transport. This is impossible; the shuttle's main engines require the fuel provided by the large center tank that is attached only at launch time, so when being transported, it has no fuel. In fact, for aerodynamic stability, a special cowling often covers the engine bells during 747 transport. 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

A scene involving Bond and Holly inside what appears to be a meditation room aboard Drax's space station, was shot but never used in the final film. Shots of this scene made its way into some of the press stills as well as the trading cards released by Topps in 1979. See more »

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Featured in Top 5 Best/Worst: Top 5 Worst James Bond Movies (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from The Magnificent Seven
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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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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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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