Critics Consensus

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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Secret agent James Bond finds himself battling yet another megalomaniacal villain in this entry in the long-running series of adventure films. This time Bond's opponent is Sir Hugo Drax, whose plans to destroy the earth with an atomic-powered rocket force Bond to add space travel to his resume.

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Roger Moore
as James Bond
Lois Chiles
as Dr. Holly Goodhead
Michel Lonsdale
as Hugo Drax
Corinne Cléry
as Corinne Dufour
Geoffrey Keen
as Sir Frederick Gray
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Emily Bolton
as Manuela
Jean-Pierre Castaldi
as Pilot of Private Jet
Leila Shenna
as Hostess of Private Jet
Walter Gotell
as Gen. Gogol
Arthur Howard
as Cavendish
Irka Bochenko
as Blonde Beauty
Mike Marshall
as Col. Scott
Douglas Lambert
as Mission Control Director
Alfie Bass
as Consumptive Italian
Anne Lonnberg
as Museum Guide
Brian Keith
as US Shuttle Captain
George Birt
as Boeing 747 Captain
Kim Fortune
as FRA Officer
Lizzie Warville
as Russian Girl
Georges Beller
as Drax's Technician
Michael Marshall
as Col. Scott
Claude Carliez
as Gondolier
Denis Seurat
as Officer Boeing 747
Marc Mazza
as Lab technician (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Moonraker

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9)

  • Moonraker, the newest James Bond spectacle, is a cheerful, splashy entertainment. The curators of the Bond museum do not surpass themselves with this exhibition, the 11th in the series, but they haven't fallen down on the job either.

    Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Broccoli just keeps piling on the goodies: lush Ken Adam sets, gadgetry and gams galore, super stunts and effects.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Chris Auty

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonraker

  • Nov 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
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2015
    I have gone through many feelings toward Roger Moore as James Bond, and although this is one of the weakest films of the franchise, there is just something so enjoyable about the cheesy action scenes that this portion of the films seem to bring to the table. A little overlong, even though most of them run about 10-20 minutes too long in general. "Moonraker" begins as the remains of the moonraker ship are lost and Bond must investigate. This is the simplest idea of the bond films, yet I was lost as to how farfetched this film became. Jumping from ski lifts and going to space has never felt like the grounded film a bond picture should be. Overall, I did not care for this film very much. For it's characters or it's story. Some of the action is fun, but that's about it. One of my least favourite.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2015
    Can we all be honest and just admit that 80 percent of the Bond villains to this point are pretty much the same in motivations, setting, and their presence. I don't know why it took this long for me to be bothered by this. Perhaps because Moonraker to be begin with isn't all that fun. After all, you can only get away with normalcy and cliches if you have a great movie around them. Moonraker just didn't do enough for me to be distracted by the same old Bond story. The 4th and least interesting Roger Moore Bond film was fast tracked after the success of 1977's Star Wars. It's pretty crazy that the day after the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer releases I find out that Moonraker was made early due to capitalize on the success of the first film in the Star Wars franchise. They even had a scene in which an MI6 agent shoots a gun that resembles a stormtrooper's. Which is later shown at its full potential later on as each astronaut have these said guns. Most of the film doesn't take place in space at all, in fact, the opening sequence before the credits is nothing short of magnificent film making. I'm amazed they were able to pull off the stunts and special effects needed to make that plane scene work so well. I immediately thought of Mission Impossible when I saw what they were able to accomplish with what looked like minimal CGI. Sadly, that's about as good as the film gets. We do however get another go around with a fan favorite villain, Jaws. If it wasn't clear in the first film, Jaws is virtually indestructible. He literally survives anything thrown at him. I'm honestly surprised they didn't drop him out of a spaceship at the end of Moonraker only to show up in For Your Eyes Only. But there comes a point when he's so unrealistic that you're taken out of the film by him. Although, I do like where his character ends up in this film. The villain we really focus on here is named Drax. He doesn't particularly standout at all. In fact, he's overshadowed by his own henchman, Jaws, for a good portion of this film. It's quite puzzling why a guy like Drax who wants to create a perfect race would target someones like Jaws to be one of it's members. The film comes off as boring and dull which is surprisingly for a plot that includes Bond going to outer space. It's so outrageous of a plot on its own, but there is nothing special at all about its characters, plot, or execution. Lois Chiles' 'Holly Goodhead' seemed to be a rehash of Barbara Bach's Anya, and really a far less interesting or polished character I may add. I love Roger Moore's Bond and I love watching Jaws, but I'm getting tired of those Bond villains and girls that do nothing but spill exposition and give us eye candy respectively. Moonraker contains better special effects, better action, but a far less interesting story and characters. But I will say it was entertaining to watch actors try and exhibit zero gravity by moving in slow motion. So bad it's good. +Jaws is back and better than ever +Opening sequence +Star Wars nods -Same old same old villain -Why Bond in space, why. -For a different setting, everything plays out exactly the way you'd expect 4.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    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.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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