Posted March 7, 2010 by Greg Dragon in 007 - James Bond

Moonraker (1979)

Moonraker represents the epitome of far-fetched in the James Bond series. This is a heavy crown to wear being that the James Bond series in general had embraced “far-fetched” a long time ago since the entrance of Roger Moore as 007. Moonraker feature’s space-aged laser beam fights (yes laser beams), James Bond teaming up with long-time rival Jaws (Richard Kiel) and the villain has a plot to wipe out earth to repopulate her with perfect people. Let that sink in for a second as you think about it, laser beam fights, a Nazi-caliber plan of world domination and James Bond.

Outside of the ridiculous plot and people involved, this is one of Moore’s best portrayals as James Bond. For fans of James conquering women sexually, he sleeps with every woman that bats eyes at him in this movie, counting three separate women who spend the night with him in three different countries. The gadgetry is restricted to a cool wrist dart, but the device is used quite effectively throughout when James deemed it necessary. Moonraker fails as a compelling James Bond movie, trying it’s best to be what it isn’t a Sci-Fi, Space-aged action movie. The lasers looked awful and seeing the Americans clash with the bad guys in their astronaut outfits shooting lasers was such a bad look.

Moonraker does come with a ton of eye-candy, depicting Rio de Janeiro as a haven of scantily clad sexy women, jiggling and shaking their asses down the street. The villain Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) was hell bent on building the perfect world so he of course kept a haven of beautiful women on his island, more eye-candy for this movie even when it wasn’t even necessary. Sadly the weakest and most horrid movies in the James Bond series are numbered within the Roger Moore legacy, this being one of them. It’s a shame that such a great portrayal of James is lost amidst the laser beam fire and bad special effects but he more than makes up for it in his next movie For Your Eyes Only.

Bond-o-meter Score (ranges from 1-10)
James Bond/Story (9): Roger Moore does not disappoint as 007, and again he delivers in his role. Too bad the writing could not do him justice and he was the only bright light in this debacle.
Bond Girl – Holly Goodhead (5): After meeting Corinne Dufour (Corinne Clery), Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) seemed bland and not so hot. Nothing special about this gal and her act has been done before.
Bond Toys (5): a wrist watch that shoots darts and a supped up power boat… yawn?
The Villain (4): Hugo Drax, while being a driven man with more money than god, mr. Drax had zero charisma or coolness to him. He was a boring villain and we hate boring villains.
Spicy Rating (4): A forgettable pile of garbage with space-age laser beams. Not thanks, NEXT!


Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.