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Moonraker

Updated: May 20, 2023


Where do I start with one of my least favorite OO7 movies ever, Moonraker?

Let's start with the good:

Great pre-title sequence with the hijacking of the Moonraker space shuttle right off the RAF 747 transporting it to England.

Great title song sung by Shirley Bassey (her third Bond title song after Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever).

Great Bond music score by John Barry, beautiful photography by Jean Tournier....and that's about where the good stuff ends.

Apparently running out of creative gas and wanting to capitalize on the late seventies Star Wars craze, the producers made a rare misstep and decided that James Bond must now be in outer space.

Hack writer Christopher Wood takes everything you like about Bond movies (boat chases, gorgeous spies, exotic locations, car chases, outlandish weapons, witty comebacks) and jumbles them into a screenplay so episodic and silly that it just collapses.

You only have to hear that the sexy and clever Pussy Galore from Goldfinger has been replaced here by dull, monotone Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead to realize that any sophistication has left the building.

Great special effects and a rousing space battle in the last 20 minutes is completely deflated by the fact that James Bond is in the middle of it. What the hell is he doing up there?

Oh boy, they've also brought back giant villain JAWS and given him a blonde, pigtailed love interest. A huge hit back in 1979 and a very sad day for big Bond fans like me! They got the ship back on track nicely with the next film, For Your Eyes Only, and its a good thing. Even James Bond couldn't survive too many more cartoonish, hackneyed adventures like this one.

If the movie was half as good as the poster....

Alas, it's a silly, desperate, goofy D.

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