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Moonraker [DVD]

Roger Moore , Lois Chiles , Lewis Gilbert    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Cléry
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: Christopher Wood, Ian Fleming
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, William P. Cartlidge
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SH4V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This was the first James Bond adventure produced after the success of Star Wars, so it jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon by combining the suave appeal of Agent 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) with enough high-tech hardware and special effects to make Luke Skywalker want to join Her Majesty's Secret Service. After the razzle-dazzle of The Spy Who Loved Me, this attempt to latch onto a trend proved to be a case of overkill, even though it brought back the steel-toothed villain Jaws (Richard Kiel) and scored a major hit at the box office. This time Bond is up against Drax (Michel Lonsdale), a criminal industrialist who wants to control the world from his orbiting space station. In keeping with his well-groomed style, Bond thwarts this maniacal Neo-Hitler's scheme with the help of a beautiful, sleek-figured scientist (played by Lois Chiles with all the vitality of a department store mannequin). There's a grand-scale climax involving space shuttles and ray guns, but despite the film's popular success, this is one Bond adventure that never quite gets off the launching pad. It's as if the caretakers of the James Bond franchise had forgotten that it's Bond-and not a barrage of gizmos and gadgets (including a land-worthy Venetian gondola)--that fuels the series' success. Despite Moore's passive performance (which Pauline Kael described as "like an office manager who is turning into dead wood but hanging on to collect his pension"), there are even a few renegade Bond-philes who consider it one of their favourites. --Jeff Shannon]

In the new "making of" featurette the enormous complexities of putting together a feature of this scope are talked about by all those involved, from genius production designer Ken Adam to special effects whiz and Thunderbirds alumnus Derek Meddings (Lois Chiles reveals that to this day she is delighted to have had the most obscene name of any Bond girl; the behind-the-scenes tale of the boat hanging over the waterfall is astonishing). Sensibly enough the supplementary documentary celebrates the work of the special effects men from John Stears to Derek Meddings and John Richardson. The audio commentary has executive producer Michael Wilson in conversation with director Lewis Gilbert, screenwriter Christopher Wood and associate producer William Cartlidge, who are all obviously having a good time watching the movie together again. Altogether, another handsome DVD presentation in this impeccable series. --Mark Walker

Product Description

DVD Special Features :

Audio Commentary featuring Director Lewis Gilbert and members of the Crew
"Inside Moonraker" An Original Documentary
"The Men Behind the Mayhem" Special Effects Documentary
Stills Gallery
Collectable "Making Of" Booklet
Original Theatrical Trailer
English Subtitles
2.35:1 widescreen 16:9 version
Dolby Digital


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bond In Space 7 May 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dvd Info.
Region 2 dvd.
Ratio 16.9/2.35:1
Running time 121 minutes approx.
Ultimate Edition dvd.

Trivia.
1)Lewis Giberts Third & final Bond film as director.
2)Second appearance of Jaws.
3)The Cable Jaws bites is made out of liquorice.
4)Moonrakers budget was $34 million costing more than the first 6 Bond films put together.
5)Bernard Lee's final apperance as M.
6)Roger Moore conducted 390 interviews for this movie.
7)Roger Moore was taken ill during production with a kidney stone.
8)Shirley Basseys final Bond song.
9)Frank Sinatra was offered the role of Hugo Drax.
10)Moonraker grossed over $280,000,000 wordwide becoming the highest grossing Bond film until 1995 with Goldeneye.

Synopsis.
When a Moonraker shuttle is hijacked mid air blowing up it's carrier a 747, M sends James Bond to apologize to it's creator Hugo Drax who Bond suspects hijacked his own shuttle but why?

Drax suspects Bond of knowing about his involvement & sends his henchmen Chan to see that some harm comes to Mr Bond who tries to kill him via a flight simulator overriding the safety protocols increasing the simulators G force.

When Chan fails to kill 007 he makes another attempt by following Bond to a warehouse in Venice were a fight breaks out resulting in Bond dispatching him, Drax then employs lethal assassin Jaws who has a personal vendetta against 007 who attempts to kill Bond once & for all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bond 31 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
I have to say that Moonraker is an okish Bond movie but their are some scenes in the movie that are good and some that are bad.

It was a pleasure to see Richard Kiel revive his role at the steel toothed giant Jaws but the rest of the villians such as Hugo Drax weren't mega exciting but average.

The thing that did put me off about this film was Jaws actually turning from a bad guy to a good guy and it really didn't help the movie really, but it was good to see Bond and Jaws team up to fight off Drax and his men.

Lois Chiles as the lovely Dr Holly Goodhead was just the perfect Bond girl and I really began having a crush on her as she was so beautiful.

Overall not the best Bond film but watchable and some what exciting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You Only Live Thrice 12 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Roger Moore's biggest box-office hit during his tenure as Bond, Moonraker has seen its reputation plummet to the point where its widely regarded as the worst film in the entire series. It's not exactly difficult to see why. The ill-advised jokes that end the otherwise stunningly shot pretitle sequence of Jaws and a parachuteless Bond battling midair unfortunately give a hint of what is to come, but for the first 35 minutes it chugs along very competently, even throwing in one good setpiece in a G-Force simulator. Then comes the gondola/hovercraft sequence, a setpiece that abandons any notion of internal logic for cheap gags and illustrates one of the film's biggest problems: there's no real menace when we know Bond doesn't need to rely on his wits because he's got an absurd gadget for every occasion, and without any sense of threat the action scenes constantly fall flat. Many of them aren't even particularly well-staged but look rather haphazardly thrown together. Worse still, by offering the second consecutive reworking of You Only Live Twice's plot (all from the same director, Lewis Gilbert) it all feels like it's just going through the motions because they can't think of anything better to do.

While it doesn't show the contempt for Bond that Octopussy seemed to revel in as it seemed to go out of its way to humiliate Bond by making him literally butt of all the jokes, it constantly winks at the audience as if to say "We know it's nonsense, but at least it's very expensive nonsense." Unfortunately, it does set up two of the least welcome future developments in the series - as well as being the one where the product placement started to get out of control (my, didn't 7-Up and British Airways do well?), it also started the unfortunate tradition of the Michael G. Wilson cameo.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonraker? - more like The Spy Who Loved Me 2! 26 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
I'll begin with saying this has always been one of my personal favourites from the golden era of Bond movies - the 70s. This film is Roger Moore, the greatest Bond IMO, at his peak and he plays him with the same charm and wit we came to expect. However, this movie always seems to get a bad press, often named as the worst Bond ever, which I think is strange considering this is very similar in style to The Spy Who Loved Me, one of the most successful Bonds of all time. Both were directed by Lewis Gilbert, both feature the metal toothed henchman Jaws, both blend action with humour perfectly, and both have two very similar villains with a view to wiping out the human race, only difference being one has his lair in the sea and the other in space. Unfortunately this movie is panned for being a copy, but I don't believe this to be true as both films have their own unique qualities. I agree that Moonraker does appear to be far fetched in places, eg the laser battle, the gigantic space station that Drax had built, but, let's face it, far fetched is what you come to expect from most Bond films. There are some very good moments in the film. The film begins with Bond fighting for a parachute in mid air after being pushed out of a plane. There's a darker moment when Drax sends killer dogs to maul a girl to death after she gives infomation to Bond. Jaws is eventually hired to kill Bond, yet he doesn't outsmart him when he pursues Bond in a cable car, which makes way for the hilarious scene when Jaws falls in love! There's a great chase full of explosions when Bond is chased to Drax's base, a haven inhabited by beautiful women. It was a nice twist to see Jaws turn good and help Bond, and in his last scene, sharing a drink with his girlfriend, we hear him say his only ever words 'here's to us'. Read more ›
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