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Directed By
Lewis Gilbert

Written By:
Christopher Wood

Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Clery, Geoffrey Keen, Walter Gotell, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Emily Bolton

Moonraker (1979)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
September 30th, 2007

'Moonraker' is one of my favorite Roger Moore Bond films, and is probably the best of the Ian Fleming Bond novels, certainly the one that is the most substantive and overtly political, at least based upon those I have read so far. The movie, which has been decried by Bond purists and diehards, is indeed often light-hearted and silly, the imposing giant Jaws (Richard Kiel), finds romance and ends up helping Bond in the end, but you also have a creepy villain named Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), who intends to carry out a preposterous, Nazi-like plot that involves destroying all life on earth and repopulating it with blond-haired, blue-eyed drones, which he hopes to breed with abandon inside a huge space station. Yeah, Bond goes into space. The special effects were nominated for an Oscar, and are actually quite impressive, even though not as much by today's standards. Moore does a really good job here as Bond, and his main love interest is Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), a scientist who works for Drax.

Goodhead continues that tradition of female characters with sexually suggestive names, and she spends most of her time getting rescued by Bond or following him around, rarely doing anything on her own. But you have to cheer for Jaws, whose girlfriend never says a word, but is intensely smitten with him, and he with her. Roger Moore is the only actor to play Bond who was actually from England, I found out not too long ago. Brosnan is Irish. Connery is Scottish. Timothy Dalton is Welsh. George Lazenby, who played Bond once in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was Australian.

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