Moonraker

1979

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller

139
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 43%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 86182

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Roger Moore as James Bond
Richard Kiel as Jaws
Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead
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Reviewed by ma-cortes 7 / 10

Likable Roger Moore in an amazing adventure set on exterior space

Roger Moore's entry in which faces dangerous adventures around the world . Moore's outing with overwhelming action and spectacular scenarios , the film teams Bond with an American agent (gorgeous Lois Chiles) in an effort to stop an industrialist from destroying the surface world so he can rule an outland kingdom . After his first introduction in ¨Live and let die¨ as tough and attractive James Bond of the Ian Fleming's famous creation , Roger Moore went on playing various 007 , and ¨Moonraker¨ is one of the best . The picture starts with an overblown free-fall opening , the best part of this film and introducing a giant villain (Richard Kiel who will repeat in subsequent entry). This Bond film deals about seductive James Bond OO7 as the ultimate spy hero who is assigned by MI6 a dangerous mission pursuing an intergalactic mad man (Michael Lonsdale in a potentially sinister presence as the head baddie) . Meanwhile , Bond goes to Venice there happens a high-octane race and Bond discovers clues in Rio De Janeiro. James is double-crossed and continues to follow the lead , deciding to investigate in Amazonas . Following the tracks all lead a nasty billionaire , a maniacal villain who schemes a world conspiracy.

Roger Moore as James Bond is cool , he does remarkably well , he earns in irony, suavity and sympathy, however also has coldness ,cunning , intelligence and toughness . Here Bond is an efficient , relentless agent trying to chase obstinately the criminals , traveling around the world as always , as this globe-trotting story is set in England ,America, Venice, Amazonas , Rio De Janeiro and exterior space . Bond to achieve his aims , along the way uses violent means even pulling off brutal killings against enemies who wreak all sorts of havoc . As always Bond will use gadgets provided by ¨Q¨ (Desmond Llewelyn) . In addition , there appears the usual as Lois Maxwell, ¨MoneyPenny¨ , Sir Gray as Geoffrey Keen , Walter Goetell as Russian general and Bernard Lee's last appearance as ¨M¨ .

The picture contains comic-strip adventure , sensational pursuits , silly set pieces, great stunts, tongue-in check humor, frantic action packed , amazing gimmicks and stimulating images like are the happenings on the spectacular races, the breathtaking aerial scenes, and the spacial fights . As is like a roller-coaster , as is fast-paced, light, excitement, funny and entertaining ; it's a winner for oo7 fans and non-fans alike . The chase and suspense formula wears strong in this entry .Enjoyable title song by Shirley Bassey and stirring musical score fitting to action by the usual composer, the classic John Barry . Riveting and fancy main titles by habitual Maurice Binder , furthermore eye-popping production design by Ken Adam . It's brimming with colorful and fascinating cinematography by cameraman Jean Tournier. The motion picture produced by habitual producers, Albert R Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson , being professionally directed by Lewis Gilbert who directed various outings though with no originality . Director Gilbert keeps this moving at an incredibly fast pace and this story about every's favorite super-spy falling in love with a CIA agent is one of author Ian Fleming's best . The film will appeal to James Bond series's buffs but good for fans only ; because this one goes on far too long . Rating : 6'5 , well worth watching .

Reviewed by Movie_Muse_Reviews 6 / 10

"Bond" literally shoots for the moon

The late '60s and '70s launched the outer space/alien science-fiction sub-genre, so of course James Bond had to strap on his spacesuit for 1979's "Moonraker." An extravagant production with the highest budget ever for a "Bond" film (costing more than twice the price of 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me"), the film's ambition appropriately matches its title.

With "Spy Who Loved Me" director Lewis Gilbert and writer Christopher Wood back on board for this film, they each try to outdo the strengths of their previous work. Bigger sets and locales and more creative stunts seem to be the name of the game, and such goals usually lead to a franchise movie like this becoming too formulaic. "Moonraker" doesn't have a story that flows with nearly the same energy of "TSWLM;" rather, it's a necklace strung with death traps that Bond (Roger Moore) must continuously escape.

When a Moonraker space shuttle goes missing, Bond travels to California and meets its manufacturer, the extravagant and wealthy Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) along with one of his scientists, Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles). After thwarting a number of plots against his life, Bond flees Drax's estate and heads to Venice to find out what Drax is up to and ultimately follows his sinister plot to Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon before literally launching into space.

It so happens Drax enjoys the sport of trying to kill Bond rather than plotting something that will actually succeed, allowing at least a dozen opportunities for Bond to save his skin. With "Spy Who Loved Me" henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) now conveniently in Drax's employ, there's plenty room for hilarity too. Ultimately, this exercise in "trying to kill Bond" grows exhaustive and the spectacle that elevated "TSWLM" loses luster in "Moonraker."

That said, even if the stunts and big action sequences aren't anchored by a compelling plot, Wood and Gilbert manage to make good on the promise of making them even more amazing. The skydiving opening is completely thrilling, the Rio cable car sequence has a unique and memorable spectacle to it and famed "Bond" production designer Ken Adam's space station offers a lot to marvel at. Perhaps Gilbert and Wood could have planned "Moonraker" in such a way that would keep it a little grounded and not simply rip the ceiling off "Bond," but the film does go to outer space after all.

For all the points "Moonraker" scores on spectacle and innovation, it loses in intrigue and espionage. In other words, "Bond" drifts a little too far away from its roots and plays up the caricature elements. In this effort to go where no "Bond" has gone before, it feels a bit detached and hollow. Still, the thrills and spectacle it does shoot for at least hit the mark in terms of entertainment value-the big bucks are put to sufficient use.

~Steven C

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Reviewed by Mrbrown43 3 / 10

Moonraker: James Bond in SPPPPPPAAAAAACCCCCCEEEEE

The family and I have watched all the James Bond films way too many times. They always were mindless fun films that we could watch in a state of dumb happiness. The trouble with this mindset is when we ever question anything the film just falls apart. Moonraker might be one the worst examples of this in the Bond series, it is mindless fun but when you pay attention you realize that this is bad, really bad.

After a Drax industries space shuttle "Moonraker" is hijacked from the US in midflight James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to find out why it was hijacked and what happened to it, this sends Bond on a worldwide race against time to stop a power hungry mad man (Michael Lonsdale) from killing the entire human race.

The first of the big problems with this movie is the writing, Bond as usual never really is in any danger as there is always some sort of invention from Q (Desmond Llewelyn) that saves him or just by the villains taking their time killing him or use such convoluted means to kill Bond that are and not limited to: placing him under a space shuttle to fry time, throw him into a pool with Python or send a Asian stereotype in Ninja dress up to beat up Bond. All of these could have been solved by just shooting Bond. The sheer stupidly of the villains is really frustrating because if they were just competent enough all their problems would have been fixed. But no, the film is always on Bond's side and as of a result there is not really much tension as nothing is able to truly harm him. The film is boring as a result if you want to pay attention. Another example would be the after Bond discovers a lethal drug that the villain is going to use to destroy the world. He returns to the factory with his superiors only to find it gone as embarrass himself and the superiors and only then gives them the lethal drug after the humiliation instead of before when it would have helped convince the higher ups that something is up.

The second big problem is the dialogue, I know that James Bond tends to make quips and puns in a majority of films in movies, the Roger Moore films in particular are guilty of this but Moonraker takes the cake. I would say that 90% of Roger Moore's dialogue is lame stupid puns. Often one after another and not only that but they are not clever; just predicable things that almost anyone would have thought of as the first thing to write down. A door that would save Bond from death blows up "Bang on time!" Bond exclaims. Bond discovers a killer daily diary "Fairly deadly diary" he mutters with attempted droll. I would like to quote some lines from the villain and ask you to try adding the evil laugh to them "Look after Mr Bond, see that some harm comes to him...." "I am sure Mr Bond is cold after his swim; put him in place where he will be assured of warmth...." Most of the bad guy's dialogue is like that, I half expect him to bust out with maniacal laugher as thunder rolls outside. The villain is a cartoon character that the film does not want to admit is a cartoon because it still wants to be somewhat realistic, even when it is trying to be Star Wars and have Sci Fi elements but no. The film still wants to be taken seriously even with all the stupid punning and cartoon baddies.

The third big problem is the acting, Roger Moore sleepwalks though movie, just doing enough to not seem that he is trying but not much more. All the female characters on the other hand give wooden performances. The only one that is on screen for longer than a few minutes is Holly Goodhead(Lois Chiles) who delivers her lines with as much weight and emotion as block of wood in water creates a sizzling chemical compound. Because that is what women are in the pre Daniel Craig (Pierce Brosnan to a lesser extent) they are not so much interesting characters or even allowed to give good performances but rather wooden dolls that Bond leers at and/or sleeps with before throwing them away. The female characters do not need to put in good performances before they are just things that look pretty. This aspect has damaged the films as the years have gone by and Moonraker is one of the worst offenders of this.

The special effects are ok; they have aged alright for the most part even if the films idea of zero gravity is a little bit goofy it still looks impressive for a 1970s movie.

As I write this I wonder why I have watched Moonraker all those times, on one hand this could go into the Hall of Infamy because of all the stupidity and questionable elements that contribute to the film aging badly. But it is still fun, mindless stupid fun. I doubt it is ever going to be better than that. I doubt history will look kindly on Moonraker. But I can recommend it as being a fun movie you can put on if you do not want something too intelligent.

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