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May 24, 2017
The first two-thirds are derivative and not particularly compelling, but otherwise are acceptable. Strangely the rival agents and plot to wipe out civilisation for all but a select few are copied from The Spy Who Loved Me, the preceding film. The re-hash is not nearly as well done with little chemistry between Bond and his CIA equivalent. This time the new world has changed to outer-space and the final part is at least original, but fares considerably worse, with laughable 'zero-G' acting and action. A gallant attempt to end Jaws' story by making him sympathetic wasn't necessarily the right choice, nor is it done particularly well, but Richard Kiel is charming enough to convince nonetheless.
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.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2016
Just an average Moore era Bond film, Same old plot, Cheesey one liners only a couple of scenes that were good, Then all of a sudden were in space and there's a space war with lazers and a Jaws love story, Very OTT sillieness, Very poor, Dragged most of the time and most of the gadgets were silly, One of the worst Bonds out there.
July 25, 2016
2.5 out of 10:

What a mess of a Bond film. Sure it has some good action and good effects, but it's not enough to make up for a beyond generic story and tons of ridiculous moments.
½ July 24, 2016
The cheesiness actually works well in this film for me. Somehow. Roger Moore does a great job, and Jaws is at his best here. The Venice boat chase was nice as well.
July 23, 2016
Moonraker is over-the-top, but a serviceable Bond flick.
July 21, 2016
James Bond goes completely awol with a sci-fi movie that is completely outrageous. Moonraker is THE definition of the Roger Moore-era with the absurd plots that ultimately don't work.
July 20, 2016
A pretty fun movie to watch. Jaws is back and hilarious. I love all the ways he almost died. Drax reminds me of Riker from Star Trek. This is one of my favorites so far.
½ July 16, 2016
7/16/2016: Not a good movie. Poor storyline and action. Moore plays a good bond though.
½ July 7, 2016
Bond meets Star Wars. 60 out of 100
½ April 28, 2016
Average entertainment.
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