“Mr. Bond, you defy all my attempts to plan an amusing death for you.”
When sent to explore the mysterious loss of the Moonraker space shuttle, James Bond (Roger Moore) meets a sinister aeronautics manufacturer (Michael Lonsdale) and eludes assassination by his steely-toothed nemesis ‘Jaws’ (Richard Kiel) while collaborating with and romancing a beautiful astronaut (Lois Chiles).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- James Bond Films
- Space Opera
- World Domination
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this “worst James Bond film to date” simply features “Roger Moore walking through the paces for his hefty paycheck and giving way to his double for a series of unimaginative action scenes and ‘humorous’ chases” — ouch! He adds that “there’s little suspense,” “the humor falls flat,” and “the filmmakers have the gall to set the finale in outer space and stage a battle right out of Star Wars.” It’s too bad beautiful Chiles plays such a lackluster heroine, and that super-human Kiel turns into a lovestruck good guy by the end (!).
Many critics have noted that this film resembles a cartoon more than an exciting adventure flick — but the location shooting, sets, and special effects (including the “pre-title sequence in which Bond and Jaws battle for a lone parachute during a free fall from a great height”) are actually pretty nifty.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Fine international location shooting
Nope; you can skip this one.