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Moonraker (1979)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 15

Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining.



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In this adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1955 novel, James Bond (Roger Moore) must thwart Sir Hugo Drax (Michel Lonsdale), who plans to wipe out all of humankind and replace it with a super race that he has cultivated in a massive space station. The film's Bond girl in the case is American secret agent Holly Goodhead, intelligently played by Lois Chiles. "Jaws," the steel-mouthed henchman played by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), makes a return appearance in Moonraker, turning good guy

May 16, 2000

United Artists

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Christopher Wood's script takes the characters exactly where they always go in a James Bond pic and the only question is whether the stunts and gadgets will live up to expectations. They do.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Broccoli just keeps piling on the goodies: lush Ken Adam sets, gadgetry and gams galore, super stunts and effects.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Lewis Gilbert directed, but the real auteur of the series is production designer Ken Adam, whose spectacular chrome and plastic sets define Bond's world and technological ethic.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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The space-age plot is spread dangerously thin, the fights all tend to slapstick, and the wanton destruction has become rather too predictable. But it's held together by likeable performances.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Moonraker is a movie by gadgeteers, for gadgeteers, about gadgeteers. Our age may be losing its faith in technology, but James Bond sure hasn't.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's one of the most buoyant Bond films of all.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Thank God for MOONRAKER!

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

James Bond would have to go back to Earth in "For Your Eyes Only" because "Moonraker" is truly a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

The "Bond In Space" angle is all we need to write Moonraker off as daft, but... the whole script is a messy disaster.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Primo kids' stuff, but under-satisfying for adults. [Blu-ray]

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

ludicrous but enjoyable hooey

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

One of the silliest and worse ones in the series.

February 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An ill-conceived and frankly quite silly Bond-meets-sci-fi experiment.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Bond meets Star Wars in one of the series' sillier outings.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The gadgets are up to the usual Bond standards, but fancy effects do not a movie make, and 007 is less satisfying floating around in space than when his feet are more or less firmly planted on the ground.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Moore is in full swing

February 10, 2008

You know you love it.

November 20, 2007

It's exactly that ridiculousness that makes it so enjoyable.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source:

Another buffoon 007 by Moore

November 4, 2004 | Comments (2)

A classic Bond movie; girls, action and style

July 8, 2004

Moonraker is a freefall of fun-filled entertainment.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Moonraker

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, especially in the latter parts of each decade, sci-fi really hit a boom, especially in the wake of Star Wars and Star Trek. It was inevitable then, that 007 would eventually get drawn into the space race, which is exactly what happens here.

Featuring Bernard Lee's final performance as M, Bond's mission this time sees him investigating the theft of a space shuttle, which in turns lead him to thwart the plot of a crazed billionaire industrialist bent on wiping out mankind, then replacing them with a super race he's been cultivating in a space station.

And yes, this film is as over-the-top as sounds. For the most part though, I think this is actually a pretty good entry in the series. It does have some really amazingly eye rolling moments of cheesy absurdness, but it makes up for them with some decent action set pieces and special effects. Some of the humor did work for me, despite a few moments where things dip into downright parody territory.

Moore, hardly my favorite Bond, does okay here, even if he is starting to show a bit of wear and tear with the role. Richard Kiel makes a nice return as Jaws, and I thought Lois Chiles was quite attractive as the awesomely named Bond Girl Holly Goodhead. Michael Lonsdale is likewise fine as the villain Hugo Drax, who has some interesting, if unoriginal motivations.

The film really shows its ignorance of geography from time to time, but we do get some decently filmed sequences shot all over Brazil, Venice, France, the U.S. and of course in some impressively done sets.

Despite some goofy moments, this is nevertheless a fun adventure. If you don't mind some camp, then yeah, give this one a spin.
October 29, 2013
Chris Weber

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an absolutely excellent bond film until the end, when it heavily loses steam and comes to a crash. chiles is one of my least favorite bond girls, and the space sequence really just gets out of hand, but the film has some very bright spots through the first 90 minutes that salvage it as acceptable bond material.
February 13, 2013
danny d

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review coming
December 19, 2012

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    1. Jaws: Well, here's to us.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (8 months ago)
    1. Holly Goodhead: Hang on, James!
    2. James Bond: [hanging from cable car] The thought had occured to me.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (14 months ago)
    1. Corinne Dufour: My mother gave me a list of things not to do on the first date.
    2. James Bond: Maybe you won't need it. That's not what I came for.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (14 months ago)
    1. Hugo Drax: [to henchman Chang] Look after Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (14 months ago)
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