28 November, 2007 Leave a comment
11 down and 10 to go… and I’ve finally passed the half way mark in the Bond saga.
Moonraker (1979) has 007 on the trail of a space shuttle that was hijacked while being transported piggyback style on the back of a 747. The film eventually moves into space and is clearly influenced by Star Wars which captured movie goers imaginations two years previously.
The film gets silly in some parts – take for example a gondola chase in Venice which winds up with Bond driving a hover craft through St Marks Square – but has all the classic Bond trademarks. Along with several cheesy chase scenes, a female CIA agent called Dr Goodhead and a most useful wrist watch dart gun gadget, we also see Bond take a Concorde to Rio – one piece of cutting edge technology that has since become obsolete before its time.
Overall I liked it less than Moores previous outing, with IMDB users also rating it lower at 6.1/10. Finally, to round off here’s a couple of lines from the end of the film…
Minister of Defence: “My God, what’s Bond doing?” (on seeing an image of Bond and a woman on screen)
Q: “I think he’s attempting re-entry, sir.” 😉