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Fantastic Film, Excellent DVD
on 13 March 2009
Definitely my favourite Bond film of the 1970's. For me, it works perfectly because of:
- The soundtrack, which is beautifully orchestrated when sampling the main theme tune, and impresses on the more 'disco' influences too, with the uses of particular drum rolls/bass guitar twangs, and Moog synths. A very memorable soundtrack that is much less cliched than previous 70's Bond outings (Live and Let Die anyone?).
- Well rounded script which has just the right balance between humour and a serious nature. The token one-liners are present, but it's all fun as expected; My favourite being "He just popped in for a bite", after the fight with Jaws on the train.
- Fantastic stages and effects - I believe the one used for the ending sequence in the Lipurus cargo ship was one of the biggest sets ever made at the time. Some blue-screens are quite obvious, but for the majority it excelled for the time. Bond even gets to pilot a rather rudimentary craft we may now call a 'Jet Ski'...
- Casting, which is really perfected. I don't think anyone else could play Jaws, and Ringo Star's wife who plays 'Triple X' (the Bond girl, for this instance) has a fantastic relationship with Moore. They bounce off each other, yet her complete utter sexiness and danger make them a likeable partnership.
I would say post 'The Spy Who Loved Me', all Moores films were fantastic. 'Moonraker' may be taking things a bit too far for some, but the likes of 'For Your Eyes Only' and 'A View To A Kill' wrap his time as Bond up excellently. Should he have gotten the face-lift though?...
Just on a general note for the DVD - we received a single-disc version, with no extras. Were too disappointed though, as the picture quality is impeccable, and we only tend to watch extra-features once!