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[James Bond Movies]
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Mission: Moonraker
Released: June 27, 1979
Bond: Roger Moore
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Budget: $34 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $202.7 Million
Running Time: 126 Minutes

Villain: Hugo Drax
Organization: Self-Employed
Scheme: The murder of all life on earth
Henchmen: Jaws, Chang
Girls: Jet Hostess, Holly Goodhead,
          Corinne DuFour, Manuella
Allies: Gogol, Colonel Scott
Bond's Kill Count: 4
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[Moonraker Special Edition]
Universal Exports Summary and Review:
[Moonraker Movie Poster] Summary: When a U.S. space shuttle is stolen in a midair abduction, only Bond can find the evil genius responsible. The clues point to billionaire Hugo Drax, who has devised a scheme to destroy all human life on earth! As Bond races against time to stop Drax's evil plot, he joins forces with Dr. Holly Goodhead, a NASA scientist who is as beautiful as she is brilliant. And 007 needs all the help he can get, for Drax's henchman is none other than Bond's old nemesis Jaws, the indestructible steel-toothed giant. Their adventure leads all the way to a gigantic orbiting space station, where the stage is set for an epic battle for the fate of all mankind.

Review: Seeing how the world flocked to see Star Wars, the Bond producers decided to make their own little Bond Wars. They basically took the plot of The Spy Who Loved Me and sent it to space. Hugo Drax replaced Carl Stromburg who, instead of wanting to control the new world order from the middle of the ocean, wanted to control it from his station in the heavens. This should not, under any circumstances, have been done. Maybe with ten years in between, but not two back-to-back movies with the same plot. And even if they had to repeat the plot, at lease make it plausible; there are no space stations of that magnitude today, let alone in 1979. Even the scenes on earth were a bit far-fetched. Although the hydrofoil boat ride through Venice was a great scene it was quite silly. One scene that did work was the fight with Chang in Venini Glass. However, the ending was preposterous. The space fight looked fake as did the lasers that melted through space suits. The return of Jaws was one of the movie's saving graces. He fit in with this movie better than in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Universal Exports Rating: 003

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Firsts: Tidbits:
First returning henchman

First time Bond goes into space

First film released out of planned sequence (For Your Eyes Only was originally slated to follow The Spy Who Loved Me)

First time Bond doesn't use a traditional gun (he only uses the darts and a laser)

First appearance of stuntman B.J. Worth

First appearance of a NASA Space Shuttle in a movie

First (and only) time Jaws speaks

more firsts
The glass museum battle was intended to be in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Jaws returned thanks to a public letter writing campaign.

The door code to the bio-room in Venice is the theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The ending originally caused the film to be rated R, but after some work it was reduced to PG.

Hugo Drax was modeled after Adolph Hitler.

The cable Jaws bites through on the gondola was actually made of licorice.

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Universal Exports Movie Coverage:
The Official SeriesEverything Else
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
SPECTRE (2015)
Casino Royale (1954)
Casino Royale (1967)
Never Say Never Again (1983)

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