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.” 😉


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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