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Moonraker (1979)

Director: Lewis Gilbert     Starring: Lois Chiles Roger Moore
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204115556
UPC: 027616074041
UPC 14: 00027616074041
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Albert R. Broccoli Presents Roger Moore as James Bond 007 in Ian Fleming's...
Bond finds himself battling hugo drax and 'jaws' in outer space after they hijack a space shuttle.

"...lots of gimmicks and lots of fun.  Find-A-Video
"Broccoli just keeps piling on the goodies: lush Ken Adam sets, gadgetry and gams galore, super stunts and effects.  Frank Rich, Time
"...a freefall of fun-filled entertainment.  Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...one of the best of Moore's Bond flicks, complemented by its exotic locales and outer-space motif.  John J. Puccio, DVD Town
"A classic Bond movie; girls, action and style.  Luis Martinez, Cinenganos

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/6/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 122 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 107406
Video UPC UPC: 00027616074041
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Moonraker - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/13/2009 5:38 PM
Most rational observers agree that Moonraker is without a doubt the most absurd James Bond movie -- definitely of the Roger Moore era and possibly of all time. And it's exactly that ridiculousness that makes it so enjoyable. Here we have a villain (Michael Lonsdale) who builds a giant space fleet with the goal of living in his secret space station while he poisons all humans on earth (he's building a "perfect" society) -- and he wears a suit the entire time, even while flying his Moonraker spacecraft! Bond's adventures are suitably globetrotting -- and of course, this is the only film where he actually got to go into space, thanks to his cohort, Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lois Chiles
Video Cast Info Lois Maxwell
Video Cast Info Richard Kiel
Video Cast Info Michael Lonsdale
Video Cast Info Bernard Lee
Video Cast Info Desmond Llewelyn
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Keen
Video Cast Info Corinne Clery
Video Cast Info Roger Moore
Video Cast Info Max Douy - Art Director
Video Cast Info John Barry - Composer
Video Cast Info Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
Video Cast Info John Glen - Editor
Video Cast Info Charles Bishop - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jean Tournier - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Christopher Wood - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Lewis Gilbert - Director
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1980)
   Video Award Name Derek Meddings, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects

Memorable Quotes

"You know him?"----Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)|"Not socially. His name's Jaws. He kills people."----James Bond (Roger Moore)

"Why are you so late, James?"----Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)|"I fell out of an airplane without a parachute."----James Bond

"Take good care of Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him."----Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale)

"Well, here's to us."----Jaws (Richard Kiel) to James Bond, in his only speaking line

Professional 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

ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
"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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Moore,Roger
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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