Moonraker

Directed By: Lewis Gilbert Starring: Lois Chiles Roger Moore

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Product Overview

Bond finds himself battling hugo drax and 'jaws' in outer space after they hijack a space shuttle.

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204115556
UPC 027616074041
UPC 14 00027616074041
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
007
Action
Adventure
Futuristic
Heroes
James Bond
Live-Action
Recommended
Secret Agents
Sequel
Space
Space Shuttles
Spies
Spy
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note In the 11th installment of the 007 series, director Lewis Gilbert delivers a visually thrilling progression in filmmaking. Roger Moore returns as dashing secret service agent James Bond. This time around Bond must investigate the theft of a space shuttle with help from beautiful CIA agent Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) and sexy Euro supermodel Corrine (Corrine Clery). Agent 007 discovers that genocidal maniac-millionaire Hugo Drax (Michel Lonsdale) plans to poison all of humanity from outer space and repopulate earth with only the most perfectly bred humans. A variety of traps and villains awaits Bond, including the recurring character Jaws (Richard Kiel, also featured in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME).| |Filmed in such exotic locations as Southern California, Venice, and the Amazon, Gilbert delivers the formula Bond packet of girls, gadgets, and guns. However, he also goes further, sending Agent 007 into space. MOONRAKER takes great risks in blending the spy and science fiction genres. In spite of such an unruly coupling, the film rewards viewers with its finale of climactic plot twists and stellar special effects.
Plot Summary
Summary An evolution in the 007 series, MOONRAKER is the first of the Bond films to use science fiction special effects. Roger Moore reprises his role as James Bond, the charismatic British secret service agent. While investigating the disappearance of a space shuttle, Bond uncovers millionaire Hugo Drax's (Michel Lonsdale) plan to eliminate the human race, and populate the planet earth with ideal superhumans. Catapulted into outer space and assisted by sexy CIA agent Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), Bond battles for not only his own life, but for the fate of humanity as well.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You know him?"--Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)|"Not socially. His name's Jaws. He kills people."--James Bond (Roger Moore)
Quote "Why are you so late, James?"--Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)|"I fell out of an airplane without a parachute."--James Bond
Quote "Take good care of Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him."--Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale)
Quote "Well, here's to us."--Jaws (Richard Kiel) to James Bond, in his only speaking line
Reviews
New York Times "...One of the most buoyant Bond films of all....Almost everyone connected with the movie is in top form..." 06/29/1979 p.C3
Directors
Lewis Gilbert
Actors
Lois Chiles
Roger Moore
Cast & Crew
Lois Chiles - Star
Lois Maxwell - Star
Richard Kiel - Star
Michael Lonsdale - Star
Bernard Lee - Star
Desmond Llewelyn - Star
Geoffrey Keen - Star
Corinne Clery - Star
Roger Moore - Star
Max Douy - Art Director
John Barry - Composer
Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
John Glen - Editor
Charles Bishop - Art Director
Jean Tournier - Director of Photography
Christopher Wood - Screenwriter
Lewis Gilbert - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 107406
UPC 00027616074041
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (1980) Derek Meddings, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Moonraker is a sort of James Bond meets Star Wars. Released in 1979, the year that saw the arrival of Star Trek on the big screen, Moonraker was the latest film to latch onto the science fiction revival started by George Lucas' 1977 picture. Audiences flocked to see Moonraker, making it the highest grossing 007 movie before Goldeneye. The mixture of escapist action and space shoot-outs found favor with the American public. Indeed, while parts of Moonraker are rather silly (a trend during Roger Moore's tenure), solid special effects, well-executed action sequences, and a strict reliance upon the "Bond Formula" keep this film among Moore's better entries as the British superspy...Special note should be made of John Barry's score, his best since On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Barry weaves the familiar "James Bond theme" and "007 theme" into a rich musical tapestry whose main thread is the Moonraker title track. In addition, Barry uses an unusually diverse selection of musical cues, including the familiar theme from The Magnificent Seven and the five-note greeting from Close Encounters of the Third Kind...Moonraker marked Bernard Lee's final appearance as M. The actor died while preparing for the next Bond film, For Your Eyes Only. No M since has matched Lee's interpretation, and only with his passing did it become apparent how important this minor character is to the 007 adventures...As Roger Moore's fourth Bond outing, and the eleventh film in the series, Moonraker is a satisfying followup to The Spy Who Loved Me. Science fiction fans may be offended by some of the liberties taken here, but tolerance is necessary. The film is, after all, geared towards a specific audience. Accent the "fiction" in science fiction, and recognize that with Bond, realism is the last thing anyone expects -- or wants.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Moonraker" is the 11th installment in the most successful film series in history. It is also, of course, in the grand Bond tradition. The basic form of the James Bond thrillers has been firmly established since the beginning; they're as predictable in style as the kabuki theater. The first shot of Bond must show him in a bizarre predicament that brings him within inches of his life. Surviving it, he must immediately be seen by a sexy girl...This Bond arrives in the midst of the post-"Star Wars" sci-fi boom, and was right on time. The press releases promised there had never before been a set as large as the one built to contain "Moonraker"'s city in outer space. The space station, inspired (as they all are) by Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," is a masterpiece of art direction. One moment among many: When the station's artificial gravity is shut off, it appears to us that 50 or 100 men are floating in free-fall in the command area. It's hard enough to make one man appear to be floating, but "Moonraker" doesn't spare the cash...Bond is played by Roger Moore again. Moore had grown into the role by this time, but Moore was, alas, simply not Connery. He lacked the gift of combining the comic with the sexy; he didn't have Connery's sophisticated smile with just a hint of a drool...To which I suppose we should say, so what? The stars of this movie are Ken Adam, the art director, and Derek Meddings, in charge of special effects. In addition to the gigantic space station, they provide lots of little touches, like 007's gondola in Venice, which turns into a speedboat and then miraculously grows wheels. "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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Moore,Roger
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Find-A-Video ...lots of gimmicks and lots of fun.
Frank Rich, Time Broccoli just keeps piling on the goodies: lush Ken Adam sets, gadgetry and gams galore, super stunts and effects.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice ...a freefall of fun-filled entertainment.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...one of the best of Moore's Bond flicks, complemented by its exotic locales and outer-space motif.
Luis Martinez, Cinenganos A classic Bond movie; girls, action and style.
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