Moonraker - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Moonraker Reviews

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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.
½ March 29, 2016
After splashing about under the sea in The Spy Who Loved Me, Cubby Broccoli launched 007 into outer space in a thinly veiled attempt to cash-in on the late 1970s sic-fi craze. This is a rather lazy Bond movie where the cast and crew seem to largely be rehashing old ideas and making a plot up as they go along. Glamorous locations are used without any logical need, outlandishly high-tech gadgets get produced at the slightest provocation and there are far too many verbal and visual gags meaning that the action often descends into slapstick. Even that stalwart of the British comedy show, Alfie Bass gets to make a cameo appearance. Hugo Drax as played by Michael Lonsdale is one of the more forgettable Bond villains and his dastardly plot one of the daftest that the franchise has dreamed up. Using a toxin somehow extracted from an orchid, Drax plans to wipe out humanity and then repopulate the planet using a bevy of blondes he has secreted in a giant space station. In order to defeat him, our hero teams up with an undercover American agent who has been planted on the inside of the evil genius' organisation. Bond is put onto the case when Drax nicks one of his own space shuttles from the government in order to replace one that is damaged. There's some shameless product placement and very silly situations, notably when Bond is pursued through the canals of Venice in a gondola that initially becomes a speedboat and then a hovercraft. All this having been said, Bond is great fun and in this era, it was very much aimed at the escapist end of the market. There are some great scenes. I do love the sight of the space shuttles blasting off from the Brazilian jungle and Drax is at least given a proper Bond villain base thanks to set designer Kenneth Adam. The special effects showing a fleet of shuttles docking with the gigantic space station are impressive and John Barry provides a suitable, fully orchestrated score and a great theme for Shirley Bassey to get her tonsils into. Moonraker is very definitely a "Roger Moored" Bond. None of the other lead actors who have tackled the role could have pulled this one off. It is glamorous, silly and fun and doesn't try to be anything other than that. They certainly don't make em like this any more and maybe that's a shame but then again maybe it is just as well.
½ March 25, 2016
Hilariously stupid yet wildly entertaining. Moonraker never asks us to take it seriously so why should we? It's a fun, ridiculous Bond adventure through and through.
½ March 21, 2016
One of my favourite Bond missions where between dodging Jaws and fighting men in yellow jump suits, he travels into space to have a laser fight.
One of the more iconic Bonds..
½ March 3, 2016
Le plus George Lucasien des James Bond !
February 22, 2016
Moonraker is (like most of Moores Bond movies) an average agents movie, and feature on of the greatest secondary villains: Jaws. This guy is reason enough to rewatch this movie.
½ January 2, 2016
What happen when they think bond can be star wars
½ December 12, 2015
Too far. Drax's scheme is good fun in theory (in that 70's, comic-book way), but it's shown in such a silly, eyebrow-cocked way that it never rings true, so the movie is never completely engaging. (Laser guns and double-taking pigeons don't help.) The narrative seems too episodic, and doesn't flow like a good Bond should (a handy clue found in California leads to Venice, a handy clue found in Venice leads to Rio, etc). Lois Chiles is possibly the most boring actress in history, making Holly Goodhead one of the lamest of all the 'girls'. Corinne Clery is a marginally better actor, but her character is pathetic. Chang is one of the crappest henchmen in the series, so it's fortunate that he's replaced by the infinitely superior Jaws halfway through, after his crapness leads to his demise. But, not content with the brilliant simplicity of Jaws as devised in The Spy Who Loved Me, Wood, Gilbert and Broccoli saw fit to give him a love interest and then have him speak...making him almost as crap as the non-event he replaced.

The best thing (or, rather, the good thing) about the movie is the villain. Drax is given the best lines (by far), and Michael Lonsdale's pitch-perfect, smugly deadpan delivery squeezes every drop of juice from them. Like his predecessor, Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens, in TSWLM), Drax is a complete megalomaniac, who can't be bought off or swayed from his self-righteous certainty that he's doing the world a favour. He's just a better version of that type than Stromberg, with a more evil plot. Drax is my favourite Bond villain; it's just a shame the movie around him isn't better.
December 10, 2015
So, so shit... But somehow entertaining in its utter ridiculousness. Helped by some wonderful sets and model work by Derek Meddings. Still better a better Bond than Die Another Day.
½ December 6, 2015
Silly. At the end it inspired the g.i. joe cartoon. Blue lazers in space, all they needed were red ones as well.
November 28, 2015
This is as ridiculous as a Roger More James Bond Movie gets. It's silly, it's dumb, it tries to cash in the latest Outer Space War genre and it doesn't even try to hide it.
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2015
Beginning with a rousing start that eventually turns into Bond's worst misadventure ever, gratuitous Star Wars cash-in Moonraker mostly proves to be made of cheese. When George Lucas' space saga blasting off into blockbuster status in 1977, it began a misbegotten space race in H'Wood. This 007 adventure might boast the title of an Ian Fleming novel but it gets adapted into something that's dumber than a box of moon rocks. Always on the cutting edge with gadgets and McGuffins, the Bond series loses much credibility with this vehicle, which takes a quantum of no solace leap forward into futuristic sci-fi that's better suited for the world of Buck Rodgers than Peter Gunn. Exhibiting ray guns and Jaws-in-love during the climax, Bond in Space plays out more like a Pigs Ear in Space.

In this PG-rated spy adventure, James Bond (Moore) investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

The only best-forgotten chapter, Moonraker marks the lowest point of both Moore's tenure and the Bond series in general. It remains a horribly calculated attempt for this tiger to change its stripes. Just as it would have been franchise suicide for the producers to turn 007 into a jive-talking hippie in the late '60s to meet with the changing times, it is just as bad an idea to have this iconic character space-walk a mile in Han Solo's shoes. Even if you could toss the Space Shuttle Laser Tag scenes aside (and you can't-just try), the rest of the storyline is strictly standard-issue and redundant spy stuff.

Bottom line: The Empire Strikes Out
½ November 16, 2015
The last half hour, which bases itself on Star Wars sci-fi, is not necessarily my objection at all. In fact, it's one of the most unique bits in the series. The space station may very well be the series' most realized evil lair and the climax is satisfying. The issue was the obligary hour and a half before the climax which I found slow, dull, predictable and going through the motions. Aside from scenes wonderful scenes with the returning Jaws, that you can start the film an hour in and miss nothing vital.
½ November 14, 2015
Another Bond film I hadn't fully seen before. I liked it, yes the movie is silly, but it's entertaining. Jaws is back, and he's great in it. Moore gorgeous locations and decent SFX. Worth watching!
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