Review: ‘Moonraker’

Christopher Wood's script takes the characters exactly where they always go in a James Bond pic and the only question is whether the stunts and gadgets will live up to expectations. They do.

Christopher Wood’s script takes the characters exactly where they always go in a James Bond pic and the only question is whether the stunts and gadgets will live up to expectations. They do.

The main problem this time is the outer-space setting which somehow dilutes the mammoth monstrosity that 007 must save the world from. One more big mothership hovering over earth becomes just another model intercut with elaborate interiors.

The visual effects, stuntwork and other technical contributions all work together expertly to make the most preposterous notions believable. And Roger Moore, though still compared to Sean Connery, clearly has adapted the James Bond character to himself and serves well as the wise-cracking, incredibly daring and irresistible hero.

1979: Nomination: Best Visual Effects

Moonraker

UK

Production

United Artists/Eon. Director Lewis Gilbert; Producer Albert R. Broccoli; Screenplay Christopher Wood; Camera Jean Tournier; Editor John Glen; Music John Barry; Art Director Ken Adam

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 126 MIN.

With

Roger Moore Lois Chiles Michael Lonsdale Richard Kiel Bernard Lee Corinne Clery
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