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Moonraker [DVD] [1979]

Roger Moore , Lois Chiles , Jean Tournier    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Clery
  • Directors: Jean Tournier
  • Producers: Hal David
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9F52
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 a criminal industrialist named Drax (Michel Lonsdale) 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"), Moonraker had no problem attracting an appreciative audience, and there are even a few renegade Bond-philes who consider it one of their favourites. --Jeff Shannon

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When a space shuttle goes missing during a test flight, James Bond (Roger Moore) is the man who must track it down. His investigations take him to Venice (where he uses his specially customized gondola), Rio de Janeiro (where he fights steel-toothed henchman Jaws on top of a cable car), and finally into outer space (where he uncovers a ruthless plot to wipe out the human race and replace it with genetically engineered humanoids). Highlights include Bond's encounters with NASA scientist Dr Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) and the climactic battle aboard villain Hugo Drax's (Michael Lonsdale) space station.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bond 31 Aug 2010
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
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
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Moonraker is directed by Lewis Gilbert and adapted to screenplay by Christopher Wood from the novel written by Ian Fleming. It stars Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel and Corinne Dufour. Music is scored by John Barry and cinematography by Jean Tournier.

Bond 11 and 007 is tasked with finding out what happened to the Moonraker space shuttle that mysteriously disappeared up in space. His investigation takes him to the billionaire builder of the craft, Hugo Drax, where Bond discovers a fiendish plot to start a new world of perfect human beings.

At the end of The Spy Who Loved Me we were told that James Bond would return in For Your Eyes Only, but the gargantuan success of Star Wars and a rekindling of all things sci-fi led Albert Broccoli to send 007 out into space! Armed with a $30 million budget and using only the core base plotting of Fleming's novel, the makers crafted what many feel is the runt of the James Bond litter. The money "is" up there on the screen, it's excess overdrive, outlandish from start to finish and actually is very very entertaining. The problem is that in James Bond terms it barely feels like a Bond movie, it actually could be any bloke propelling the story, this is a guy reliant on gadgets and not his brain or brawn, quipping away purely for the sake of a cheap laugh. Ultimately it's a cash in, both in terms of the sci-fi boom hitting the late 70s and of the James Bond name.

If judged away from the Bond universe on its own popcorn terms, film is a blast, literally. As a whole it's a bit choppy, but many of the parts desperately trying to make up a cohesive blockbuster are great entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another film which i already had, but still a lovely film.
Published 3 days ago by K. Boatman
3.0 out of 5 stars Bond In Space
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Region 2 dvd.
Ratio 16.9/2.35:1
Running time 121 minutes approx.
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Published 2 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond
I am so pleased to have bought this DVD it will go to complete my set and am looking forward to watching it.
Published 3 months ago by stella taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond Wars
after the success that was star wars , Bond went to the stars in sci-fi action crossover known as moonraker. I dig it, admittedly a acquired taste, but as a sci fi fan I love it
Published 4 months ago by fall341
5.0 out of 5 stars Daft but great
Way over the top but first class entertainment. Blu ray transfer is first class and sound of the lazer fight in space is just mind blowing. Well woth the upgrade to blu ray. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Flicky Ricky
1.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of Intelligence
Of all the daft Bond films that 'starred' (if one can say that) Roger Moore, this takes the biscuit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Tongue in cheek Bond. Somewhat outlandish in parts but it started to complete the collection of all the Bond films.
Published 7 months ago by j22
4.0 out of 5 stars Review on CD
This CD is exactly what you would expect from a Bond Movie.

From the gorgeous bond girls to the gadgets and the dramatic scene in space, I would recommend this film.
Published 8 months ago by EE
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST JAMES BOND FILM
Moonraker is my best Jamesbond film. I hate it when people say it is a ripof off Starwars. Ian flemmin write in the 1950's before Stephen Steelberg was even born EVEN! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nomar G. Nillit
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonraker
A gift for my husband who loves all James Bond except Sean Connery stuff. So he was very pleased with this.
Published 14 months ago by Ms. S. D. Hayward
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