Moonraker (1979) Film Review


After shaking off the invincible Jaws (Richard Kiel) in a very exciting mid-skydiving fight, James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to Venice to track down a satellite which went missing during delivery. Eventually winning over the magnificently named Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), Bond goes via Rio into space to discover that Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) has created an amazing space station where he intends to breed the perfect humans to start a new world in the air.

What I found odd about this plot was, having watched The Spy Who Loved Me immediately before Moonraker, both films were about an evil villain who was going to start a new world. Below the sea, then in space. A little more originality, please? Plus, both films had one of those shots where something unbelievable happens and a bystander who is having a drink looks at the bottle as though the drink is causing them to hallucinate. To be fair, it made me chuckle both times.

Moonraker has everything you want in a Bond. Ridiculous scenarios, awesome costumes (especially the ski outfit Bond puts on in the opening sequence. Oh, so yellow), terribly corny dialogue and, as a bonus, this has lots of lasers. Awesome.

Moonraker was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Visual Effects.

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