September 23, 2007
Moonraker is most of a good spy flick, right up until the end with the overblown space parts that is lampooned in everything from Austin Powers 2 to the trailer for Machete 3. The camp is back for this installment, with 5-6 gags as James Bond loses some pursuers with a hovercraft gondola. Also turning one of Bond's most memorable adversaries into an ally was a bad move, taking away a lot of the suspense. The movie has great visual effects and some good moments, for a entertaining Bond if not serious enough.
November 14, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
October 30, 2014
Bond in space seemed like a terrible idea and the execution while not as bad as I expected is still lacking in quality. The plot is daft, and the script is just okay. The performances and the action are the only reasons to watch Moonraker. Though I'm still going by this: Bond in Space is boring, laughable stuff. You wonder if someone will make an entire bond picture under the sea.
October 15, 2014
James Bond in space doing goofy things and Jaws falling in love with a girl that he just met during his important mission to kill Mr. Bond. I'm sorry is this a James Bond movie or a Austin powers movie?.
The story is about Mr. Bond himself in space as the secret agent is on the trail of a missing space shuttle that leads to a plot to no less than global genocide by Hugo Drax, who has his own plans for civilization.
This has to be the most cheesiest and the most gooiest James Bond film I've seen out of them all. The visual effect's at times can looking good, but most of the times it looks out dated. I loved the character Jaws. I though he was pretty awesome in the other Bond films, but here he falls in love... wait WHAT?!.
The good things about the film: Roger Moore once again does a fine job playing Mr. Bond. The theme song was nice to listen to, even when it's not the best theme song for a James Bond film, but I still found something to like in it. And the movie may be a comedy at times with it's cheesiest, but I still enjoyed those parts of the film because it's very rare to see that in a James Bond film.
But overall Moonraker is a straight up goofy ball with a plot that goes nowhere, and a boring main villain. But the movie can be laughable but in a good way and I found some enjoyment in that.
October 13, 2014
My favorite Bond consisting of Roger Moore. Drax and Jaws make a great villain duo. It was great to have Bond in space at a time when the Space War was in full effect.
August 4, 2012
At this point, the Bond franchise was beginning to age terribly, and was getting increasingly redundant, and not to mention alienated from its source material. Despite all this, the producers didn't want to give up as long as Bond was still an effective cash cow. However, this particular Bond film stands out, mainly because it's completely ludicrous. The plot is muddled and confused, probably because the writers had no idea what to do with their ideas (there's even a ridiculous scene where Bond rides out in a Western-style poncho on horseback). Also, from what I've heard, the film has absolutely nothing to do with the novel upon which this is supposedly based, and what we get is another bland Bond flick that's stuck in the 60's. The acting is pretty standard, which is bad because it does nothing to distract from the fact that nothing has really changed. Though the visuals might be appealing, and the laser effects look pretty good, but nothing about this film really feels right, and I just know that they only put in the ridiculous sci-fi elements to exploit on the success of Star Wars. Say what you will, but this is easily the worst Bond movie of the 70's, and it's too silly to be even remotely enjoyable.
July 11, 2013
I wouldn't call this my favourite bond flick but it is better than live and let die and the man with the golden gun. Trust die another day 2 steal the plot 2 this film
August 26, 2014
Despite the humour going into overdrive at times, this still remains a thoroughly entertaining and totally bonkers James Bond film.
December 3, 2012
The special effects ruined it for me. The whole movie just seemed silly and overdone.
July 15, 2014
Despite a kind of goofy outer-space ending inspired by the success of Star Wars, this is a pretty good Bond film with a really memorable villain, Drax, who lives in a gorgeous chateau, an excellent theme song sung by Shirley Bassey, and some nice gadgets. There's a great scene where Drax's henchman gets killed and, needing a replacement, he makes a phone call on which he learns that Jaws, nemesis to Bond in a previous film, is "available." In other words, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously.
July 12, 2014
As absurd as it can be, Moonraker's thrilling stunts, impressive special effects, and top-notch gadgetry help make it an entertaining Bond movie, and one of Roger Moore's best.
July 11, 2014
Bond goes global and beyond. The action in Brazil and Venice is excellent. Then the story of a new super race comes together and and we move into outer space and the action continues. Brilliant.
June 28, 2014
Poor plot. Poor writing. Even poorer chemistry between Roger Moore and Lois Chiles.
This movie dragged on too long during the middle, with not enough action at all. By far the worst of the Roger Moore era of Bond.
June 9, 2014
Bond goes to space in this inexplicable Star Wars knockoff. The producers dug an early draft of The Spy Who Loved Me out of the garbage, changed the name of the bad guy, didn't bother changing the henchman, and replaced the words "underwater" with "outer space." I recommend getting a few friends and a case of beer together to watch this--it approaches the "so bad it's good" genre.
May 7, 2014
The next movie after "The Spy Who Loved Me" was supposed to be "For Your Eyes Only" but thanks to the success of Star Wars the producers felt the need to capitalize with a space tale. "Moonraker" was thrust into production. The story could have been great with more time. Personally Goodhead is my favorite Bond girl (or was until Eva Green in Casino Royale). Fun to watch but the story needed some rewrites.
May 3, 2014
His name is Jaws (Not the shark from the horror movie "Jaws") this movie is better than Star Wars
April 21, 2014
Moonraker is a Bond film which is although far from the best, and far even from Moore's best but still manages to entertain and can be enjoyed quite a bit(if you ignore the absurdities). With a good cast and a villain that was wasted though, Moonraker is a film that will split peoples decision and some will also love it. I felt it was solidly OK-ish and maybe moving towards being OK, and here is why I felt that about it.
The story is fast and fun and although of course is a more silly, outlandish Bond plot, it can still be thoroughly entertaining. The pace is slow and takes a little while to really get stuck into the plot nevertheless it could be rewarding for some, I meanwhile felt average on that point. Finally on plot it is crazy at the end now I won't tell you, but Oh my it truly is crazy and you may see what I am talking about, it dragged it's mark down considerably which was only about a 5 minute scene.
Moore is fun of course and does what we always expect from him with his humorous performance and light hearted action, he manages an OK job, even among all the excess mess. The rest of the cast do not do that well really and although I did feel it was poor that wise, they manages to not destroy this film. Finally on the characters the villain named Drax was actually kind of a good bad guy and managed even with his bad acting performance to feel sinister and a good example of how to portray super villains.
The script is poor and very much overly trying to be humorous and just ruins the dialogues too. Directing is also poor and both contribute to the more poorer scenes, but they don't really affect it much. I did enjoy the gadgets with some cool contraption being made by not just Q but also Drax who's safe I felt was a piece of art(in film). The cinematography wasn't too bad either and with some great shots of the second half of the film, it looks pretty good along with the ridged plot.
The film is pretty poor though and most of is ridiculous, although I did say it was entertainment and that is what it is. The things I have already criticised are it's main bad points and not much else has to really be said either but if any little extra points have to be put down it is in the sense that the film continues it's point of making Bond much more lighter since Connery left his role as Bond.
Bond series film fans should enjoy as always but I believe most won't find this there favourite one of all time with it's crazy plot, even for Roger Moore as Bond!. You can enjoy it I know it and I did too but it seriously isn't near being a straight good film, could be the worst of the Bond series but that is up to you, but maybe a heads up for those hoping to watch all the Bond's, Moonraker is not up to scratch.
Overall a 5.8/10 meaning Solidly Kind of OK and with some fun parts like I was saying, it can be entertaining for those willing to just let themselves go and stop thinking about what secret agents really do in this world. I feel a good point about this is it's craze with space as Bond has never been and a Bond hasn't been set there either but it is interesting to see the sets used in space here which do turn out well, they actually possibly make the film just a little tiny but better.
April 19, 2014
Moonraker is implausible as hell, but still manages to entertain with its flashy gadgets and great villain. This is one of Moore's better performances as Bond.
November 13, 2009
The funniest Bond of them all but in a good way. Emily Bolton is beautiful
April 1, 2014
(Dr Goodhead? The Austin Powers movies really did write themselves didn't they) One of the more cartoonish Bond movies, that despite a return from Jaws and some space set fun, is just a little too forgettable. The ending is more or less an exact copy of "the spy who loved me" only set in space, but there is some real enjoyment to be had here. And for sheer entertainment this really ain't too bad at all.