REVIEW: Moonraker (1979)

Moonraker-James-Bond-007-PosterWhen a space shuttle is stolen mid-flight, James Bond (Roger Moore) is on the case but soon he uncovers a plot to commit mass genocide.

Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) is the creator of the stolen shuttle and is the bad guy of the film. He doesn’t really get his hands dirty too much though and lets his henchman do the job for him. He does have some great lines like “Mr. Bond, you persist in defying my efforts to provide an amusing death for you.”

Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) is a CIA spy also trying to figure out what happened to the space shuttle. Her character isn’t that consistent really which is disappointing. One moment she’s smart, strong and can play Bond at his own game but then the next she’s pretty useless in a fight considering she’s a CIA agent.

Jaws (Richard Kiel) makes an appearance in Moonraker which was certainly a nice surprise as I liked him a lot in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). That being said he was used more as comedy relief in Moonraker as while he was still big and imposing, it made him seem less threatening and more of a joke and less of a threat. Still, the scene on top of the cable car was pretty great.

The thing that makes Moonraker standout is the fact that the finale is in space! It’s certainly different, the sets look great but it seems as if the film series is slowly going into the realms of weird and not so wonderful.

Moonraker certainly has one of the most ridiculous plots I’ve seen so far in a Bond film but it manages to be equal parts silly and entertaining. 3/5.



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