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November 25, 2017
Progressively awful Bond flick. The screenwriter Christopher Wood seems to have given up after twenty minutes and veteran director Lewis Gilbert is content to let through some painful in-jokes and a plethora of bad performances, not least Lois Chiles' stiff and asexual Holly Goodhead. The special FX are shockingly poor, John Barry was obviously asleep. Only Michel Lonsdale as guest baddy seems to be enjoying himself.
November 7, 2017
When your opening scene involves your hero skydiving without a parachute, how on earth do you raise the stakes from there? You go to space of course! With a ludicrous plot, more gadgets than any other film in the franchise, and Bond teaming up with Jaws, Moonraker is definitely the campiest and silliest entry in the franchise, which somehow makes it all the more entertaining.
October 21, 2017
If you go into Moonraker expecting a typical globetrotting James Bond film with a spectacular space finale, then you'll come out elated, because that's precisely what it aimed to be, and precisely what it is. Basically a beat-by-beat retelling of The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker is certainly a step down from that classic in all manners except its absolutely superb villains in the dryly sarcastic Hugo Drax and the returning sensation Jaws, who here implausibly turns to the good side after falling in love. Besides that bizarre plot point and the inexplicable inclusion of the infamous pigeon double take scene, Moonraker emerges as a thoroughly underrated Bond film and a fine example of goofy over-the-top Bond with a spectaculary space battle to finish the film out.
½ September 19, 2017
A bit silly, but fun to watch.
September 17, 2017
"Star Wars" came out two years before this and was a massive hit, so why not give James Bond a laser blaster and put him in space? The answer is because it would be stupid. There are a few memorable scenes; Roger Moore trapped in a g-force simulator, Richard Kiel as Jaws biting everything in sight, and the catchy Shirley Bassey theme song. There is admittedly a lot I like about this Bond film, but it's also represents the beginning of the end for when the series shifted to overly relying on improbable spy gadgetry and far too much humor. "For Your Eyes Only" was terrific, but I do think "Moonraker" signaled the end of good Bond pictures during the Roger Moore era, most of which only got worse.
½ September 8, 2017
ridiculous and unnecessary
½ August 15, 2017
A fun Bond entry at the height of the sci-fi space age movie takeoff. Plus one of the best Bond girl nicknames of all time...Dr. Goodhead.
June 26, 2017
This film is really ludicrous and they ruin Jaws but you can still have fun with this film.

June 17, 2017
Certainly one of the most ridiculous of bond's outings. It's just plain fun.
½ May 30, 2017
Strangely a re-hash of the immediately preceding film, the villainous plot is simply relocated from under the ocean to above the sky, and while it's more clearly explained this time around, and enacted by a more menancing villain than in the last entry, the Bond's investigation of it is not as fun or exciting. Neither is Moonraker's climax, which is unforgiveable considering the location, but that at least is original. The female lead is better acted and a vastly more competent character, however, fixing the major flaw of The Spy Who Loved Me and nothing is bad, it's just we have evidence that it's not as good as it could have been.
½ May 23, 2017
Although the end credits on The Spy Who Loved Me told us that 'Bond Will Return In For Your Eyes Only', the gravitational pull of the Star Wars era ensured that this would not be the case. 'Moonraker' took James Bond into space. "Finally!" exclaimed the fans. Well, not really. Once again, the links to the source of Ian Fleming's novel are tenuous at best and we are served up a smorgasboard of exotic scenery, beautiful women, ludicrous villains, rocket ships, laser battles and a gorgeous French actress Corrine Clery being sicked upon by dobermans over the very minor offence of sleeping with Bond. Roger Moore himself has lost the delicate balance he acheived on The Spy and spends most of this film cracking puns (usually at the expense of the scene) and acquitting himself in a largely chauvanistic,cocksure manner. As a result, you almost want the villain Drax to win instead of being dart-gunned out into space by with the smarmy son-of-a-bitch pun "take a giant leap for mankind". Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead comes from the Triple X production line of gorgeous, self-empowered Bond girls who in spite of this, gets 'rogered' eventually. "I think Bond is attempting re-entry" says Q with a straight face. Yes, Moonraker is utterly ridiculous but has some strangely compelling dramatic moments ( Bond stuck in a centrifuge chamber, and shooting an assassin in a pheasant hunt). Still, the best stunt in the movie happens before the opening credits when Bond is shoved off a plane by Jaws (Richard Keil) and has to freefall through the air until he can wrest a parachute from the steel-toothed henchman who, then plunges into a circus tent- surviving of course. Cue Road Runner theme!...
January 28, 2017
Boring, bloated and absurd in all the wrong ways.
January 4, 2017
140110: 11th Bond Film. This one is a little corny but enjoyable nonetheless. Always good to see Jaws and having his loyalties tested was a nice touch. American agent Holly Goodhead is another unconvincing female second to Bond. Goodhead reminded me of Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. She's just too weak.
½ December 1, 2016
If this review was based purely on entertainment value and cinematography it would be 5 stars all the way for sure. However, there's the small matter of suspension of disbelief. The action is often cartoonish which takes you out of the movie. Nevertheless it has great pace, is very inventive and there's some wonderfully cool gadgets. It's not a bad movie by any means - in fact it's a very good movie taken on its own terms. However it's a million miles away from the very early bonds.
October 31, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: 'Moonraker' is not only a classic because of it's extravagance, but also because it's one of the funnest films in the series. It might be ridiculous, but hey, watching James kick the hell out of bad guys and jet into space will make you smile from ear to ear.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's really nothing more than that though as in it's spectacle, this film sometimes forgets what makes these movies great. Overall it goes back to the standard of 'The Man With the Golden Gun' and doesn't come near the excellence of 'The Spy Who Loved Me.'
VERDICT: Moonraker is nothing more than amusing, but at least it entertains. Moore's Bonds are on and off - and this is definitely a mixed bag.
½ October 22, 2016
One of the very few blips in the beloved franchise, Moonraker gives a new meaning to the word 'absurd,' with a ludicrous plot and slightly dodgy script. Even certainly seen better days from 007... but then again, we have seen a few worse. All is certainly not lost with this one.
Verdict: C-
½ September 22, 2016
Moonraker is a very mediocre Bond outing with some memorable locations, but ludicrous plot and villain, frenetic pacing, a silly and just stupid second half and this was such an obvious move to cash in on the success of Star Wars at the time with all this space nonsense that the entire affair becomes meaningless and lazy.
September 7, 2016
It was like watching Star Wars, but a really horrible Star Wars !!!
August 28, 2016
This is the 11th James bound movie. It is better then the first 10. For your eyes only is better, But still this movie has a great story line. It also has great acting. See it.
August 12, 2016
A large drop from TSWLM and a film in which nobody seemed to want to be in, boring, lackluster performances all around. The space theme was just overall very out of place and made the whole thing kinda silly.
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