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James Bond and Moonraker (Film-Script Adaptation) Paperback – 7 Jun 1979

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Panther; paperback / softback edition (7 Jun. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586050345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586050347
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you read and enjoyed Ian Fleming's original 1959 "Moonraker" Bond novel and watched Albert R. Broccoli's 1979 Film but were left wondering why the original was so different, well here's the answer....
Fleming's original novel was re-written by Christopher Wood to bring it twenty years on into the late 1970's (the age of the Boeing 747, NASA's Space Shuttle and clever, emancipated and empowered women), and his book, "James Bond and Moonraker", is the screen-play of the Broccoli film written down as a very readable novel. It pays homage to Fleming's original and is actually great fun as well as being surprisingly descriptive and exciting
His plot differs to Fleming's original plot in that a space shuttle is stolen en-route to London so that M sends Bond (Roger Moore) out to apologise to the shuttle creator, billionaire Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale).
As he visits Drax's plush historic estate several attempts are made on Bond's life and he subsequently meets Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) the NASA Shuttle scientist. Together they investigate the evil Drax who is plotting to destroy the world's population so that he can repopulate the planet in his image (in true 1970's genetics-mutation-style!)
Predictably, the chase takes Bond all over the world - London, California, Brazil, the Amazon Jungle and, finally, to Drax's huge space-metroplois over the Earth (in a Shuttle and wearing the Space-Suit featured on the cover of the book).
Not to be outdone, the evil Drax, hires an old adversary of Bond to take care of this inconvenience - the steel-toothed killer - Jaws (Richard Kiel).
All in all, a very clever adaptation of Fleming's Moonraker by Christopher Wood and is recommended reading if only to complete your Bond collection.
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By Mark West on 26 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
Not to be confused with the Fleming original, this is the novelisation of the screenplay (which Wood also wrote) - hence the title - and follows the film closely, though it does include some interesting tangents. The James Bond portrayed here is closer to the novels than Sir Roger Moore ever played him and even though this includes the same wit and one-liners as the film, there’s a more gritty atmosphere to it all. The gondola chase is shorter (and has a much more abrupt ending than the bit in St Marks Square and so misses the bloody double-taking pigeon), the boat chase in the Amazon is preceeded by the fact that Bond has endured three days on the boat and we don’t get the scene where Corinne is chased by the dogs (Holly tells Bond about it when they get together in Venice). In fact, the book was written before the filming was shifted to France, since Corinne Dufour (the helicopter pilot who helps Bond and then pays for it) is Trudi Parker here, a Californian Valley-girl (when the production shifted to France, it necessitated the casting of a French actress). Jaws is very differently portrayed, with little of the slapstick - he’s not on the plane at the beginning or the boat in the Amazon, though he’s wet when he pulls Bond from the pool - and a nice touch of melancholy at the end (when he’s finally joined by a girl in the part of the space station that drifts off). Hugo Drax is as good a character as the film would suggest, though he’s clearly not Michael Lonsdale - the novelisation Drax “is a large man with shoulders like an American football player”, a “red head, with plastic surgery scarring on his right temple”, his right ear is badly mangled and his face has a “lopsided look because one eye was larger than the other”.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
If you read and enjoyed Ian Fleming's original 1959 "Moonraker" Bond novel and watched Albert R. Broccoli's 1979 Film but were left wondering why the original was so different, well here's the answer....
Fleming's original novel was re-written by Christopher Wood to bring it twenty years on into the late 1970's (the age of the Boeing 747, NASA's Space Shuttle and clever, emancipated and empowered women), and his book, "James Bond and Moonraker", is the screen-play of the Broccoli film written down as a very readable novel. It pays homage to Fleming's original and is actually great fun as well as being surprisingly descriptive and exciting
His plot differs to Fleming's original plot in that a space shuttle is stolen en-route to London so that M sends Bond (Roger Moore) out to apologise to the shuttle creator, billionaire Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale).
As he visits Drax's plush historic estate several attempts are made on Bond's life and he subsequently meets Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) the NASA Shuttle scientist. Together they investigate the evil Drax who is plotting to destroy the world's population so that he can repopulate the planet in his image (in true 1970's genetics-mutation-style!)
Predictably, the chase takes Bond all over the world - London, California, Brazil, the Amazon Jungle and, finally, to Drax's huge space-metroplois over the Earth (in a Shuttle and wearing the Space-Suit featured on the cover of the book).
Not to be outdone, the evil Drax, hires an old adversary of Bond to take care of this inconvenience - the steel-toothed killer - Jaws (Richard Kiel).
All in all, a very clever adaptation of Fleming's Moonraker by Christopher Wood and is recommended reading if only to complete your Bond collection.
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