Moonraker

Moonraker

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Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michel Lonsdale

     
 

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Ian Fleming's 1955 James Bond novel Moonraker concerned itself with an experimental spaceship controlled by a megalomaniac. The 1979 film version of Moonraker pays lip service to the original plot, adding an up-to-date space travel wrinkle. This time, Bond (Roger Moore) must thwart the plans ofSee more details below

Overview

Ian Fleming's 1955 James Bond novel Moonraker concerned itself with an experimental spaceship controlled by a megalomaniac. The 1979 film version of Moonraker pays lip service to the original plot, adding an up-to-date space travel wrinkle. This time, Bond (Roger Moore) must thwart the plans of Sir Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) to destroy the earth with an atomic-powered rocket. On surface level, Drax's scheme seems self-defeating, but he intends to raise a race of supermen on a distant planet. The girl in the case is American secret-agent Holly Goodhead, intelligently played by Lois Chiles. "Jaws," the steel-mouthed henchman played by Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), makes a return appearance in Moonraker, turning good-guy (complete with a girl friend of his own) in the process. Bernard Lee makes his last appearance as "M" in this most costly of James Bond's 1970s escapades.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Moonraker is quite simply one of the weirdest James Bond movies out there, as close to accidental spoof as anything in the series (not counting Casino Royale, which was supposed to be real spoof). Not only does it feature the larger-than-life, metal-toothed villain Jaws (Richard Kiel), performing even stranger feats than he did in The Spy Who Loved Me, but also a downright loopy foray into outer space, complete with an exchange of laser blasts better suited to the contemporaneous Star Wars movies. Of course, diversions from the straight and narrow in a long-running series like this are always welcome, and Moonraker has fun with its lighter tone and silly finale. Directing his third Bond film, Lewis Gilbert also knows how to provide the goods, including a taut sequence atop a tram that'll be a doozy for anyone afraid of heights. Of course, the fact that Jaws is severing the tram's thick support wire with his teeth just restores focus on the sense of kookiness that suffuses the whole enterprise. Moonraker was the middle of Roger Moore's seven films as 007.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0027616074041
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Feature film with frame-by-frame digital restoration adn DTS 5.1 audio; Newly recorded audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore; Audio commentary featuring director Lewis Gilbert and members of the cast and crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore James Bond
Lois Chiles Holly Goodhead
Michel Lonsdale Hugo Drax
Richard Kiel Jaws
Bernard Lee "M"
Corinne Clery Corinne Dufour
Geoffrey Keen Frederick Gray
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Emily Bolton Manuela
Toshiro Suga Chang
Blanche Ravalec Dolly
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Pilot of Private Jet
Leila Shenna Actor
Walter Gotell Gen. Gogol
Arthur Howard Cavendish
Irka Bochenko Blonde Beauty
Douglas Lambert Mission Control Director
Alfie Bass Consumptive Italian
Brian Keith Shuttle Captain
Georges Birt Actor
Kim Fortune FRA Officer
Georges Beller Drax's Technician
Lizzie Warville Russian Girl
Anne Lombers Guide
Mike Marshall Col. Scott
Claude Carliez Gondolier
Denis Seurat Officer Boeing 747
Marc Mazza Lab technician (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Charles Bishop Art Director
Daniel Brisseau Sound Mixer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
William P. Cartlidge Associate Producer
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
Hal David Songwriter
Max Douy Art Director
John Evans Special Effects
Jacques Fonteray Costumes/Costume Designer
Anton Furst Production Designer
John Glen Editor
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Harry Lange Art Director
Derek Meddings Special Effects
John Richardson Special Effects
Bob Simmons Stunts
Jean Tournier Cinematographer
Michael G. Wilson Executive Producer
Christopher Wood Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moonraker
1. Chapter 1 [2:30]
2. Chapter 2 [3:19]
3. Chapter 3 [5:34]
4. Chapter 4 [7:32]
5. Chapter 5 [5:05]
6. Chapter 6 [2:01]
7. Chapter 7 [3:08]
8. Chapter 8 [2:46]
9. Chapter 9 [1:41]
10. Chapter 10 [4:11]
11. Chapter 11 [3:36]
12. Chapter 12 [4:09]
13. Chapter 13 [3:25]
14. Chapter 14 [6:52]
15. Chapter 15 [1:02]
16. Chapter 16 [1:24]
17. Chapter 17 [1:02]
18. Chapter 18 [5:51]
19. Chapter 19 [5:10]
20. Chapter 20 [2:27]
21. Chapter 21 [3:14]
22. Chapter 22 [2:23]
23. Chapter 23 [1:57]
24. Chapter 24 [2:53]
25. Chapter 25 [4:15]
26. Chapter 26 [3:44]
27. Chapter 27 [2:41]
28. Chapter 28 [4:26]
29. Chapter 29 [4:35]
30. Chapter 30 [5:33]
31. Chapter 31 [4:56]
32. Chapter 32 [3:19]
33. Chapter 33 [2:18]
34. Chapter 34 [4:23]
35. Chapter 35 [2:41]
36. Chapter 36 [:00]

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