Year: 1979

Production: Eon/Les Productions / Artistes Associes

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Keil

Screenwriter: Christopher Wood

Based on Moonraker (1955) by Ian Fleming

126 minutes; Color

British agent James Bond (Moore) uncovers a plot by megalomaniac Hugo Drax (Lonsdale) to destroy the present human race using space-launched nerve-gas capsules and replace it by a master race, to be specially bred in a large, radar-invisible space habitat. This belongs towards the decadent, later end of the James Bond film sequence, with Moore pouting fleshily as Bond and a sequence of spectacularly destructive set pieces replacing any of the escalation of suspense we expect of the true thriller. As with most James Bond films, the science is contemptible and logical flaws highly visible. The film is remembered mainly for the finding by giant, steel-toothed assassin Jaws (Keil) of a pigtailed girlfriend.

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