Moonraker (1979)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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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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13 July 2008 | unbrokenmetal
Bond #11: Space trip
"Moonraker" was the most expensive Bond ever, but after the success of "The Spy Who Loved Me", the producers were confident enough to take a step into the top budgets, also contemplating that after the blockbuster hit "Star Wars", a technical show up in space would sell. The movie was an immediate success, but apparently didn't become one of the most popular for the fans in long term, admittedly it has a few ups and downs. A very silly bit is the gondola, driving on land in Venice. The centrifuge, on the other hand, was a terrific idea. The opening sequence is a classic again: Bond falls out of a plane without a parachute, so he has to get one on the way down! The duel between Bond and Jaws (returned from "The Spy Who Loved Me") in the dizzying height of the cable railway is breathtaking. So is the beauty of Corinne Clery; not easy for Lois Chiles afterwards to get Bond's attention, but "take me around the world one more time" is a beautiful line. We get a Goldfinger type of villain again, a more sophisticated person though: Drax meets Bond early on, we know he's the bad guy, but we don't know what his plan is. The musical score of "Moonraker" includes quite a few ironic comments, but the western reference was a bit too obvious. The set design for Drax' base is remarkably different from the rocket base in "You Only Live Twice". While the latter was covering a huge round crater, Drax' controls in "Moonraker" are crammed in a rather narrow triangle room, but with a hundred screens nonetheless.

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Trivia

The opening sequence depicts the space shuttle piggybacked on a 747, and was shot before the first shuttle was launched into space. Ironically, the last "flights" of Endeavor and Discovery were also piggybacks. They were flown over major cities, such as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as a final tribute to the program in 2012 (thirty-three years after this movie's release).


Quotes

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.


Goofs

When Corinne runs into the forest and is chased by the two dogs, her shoes change from tan high-heel shoes to sneakers and blue knee-socks.


Crazy Credits

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


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.


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Romeo And Juliet Overture-Fantasy
(uncredited)
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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