Moonraker

1979

Lewis Gilbert
Director
Eon Productions
Production Company
MGM
Distributor
United Artists
Production Company

A stolen space shuttle leads 007 to track down a fellow with a scheme to re-populate the world.

Completely over-the-top Bond outing attempting to ingratiate Bond to the Star Wars set.

I hated this movie when it came out, but have to acknowledge these days that it was intended as fun and it succeeds on that level.

Has but a passing acquaintance with Fleming's source novel, which I'd love to see adapted Masterpiece Theatre style set in the 50s with, say, Charles Dance as Bond.

-The Sloth

The first Bond film I ever saw in a theater, at the ripe age of 7. This it holds some nostalgia for me, even while admitting it is not a very good film, and certainly a terrible Bond film. The desperation of the franchise to ape whatever film movement was hot at the moment (blaxplotation, kung fu, and in this case, sci-fi) comes to a head with Moonraker, and turned the franchise into a cartoon.

Which is a shame, as there are elements that work – Lois Chiles is great, the action sequences are fine (except for the silly space dogfight), and Moore is his usual droll self. But the things that don’t, from Lonsdale’s bland villain, to relatively minor things, like the double-taking pigeon in St. Mark’s Square, really doom the film. The arc of Jaws and his girlfriend is absurdly sweet and charming, but doesn’t destroys any gravitas the film has, and doesn't fit. This film really let the rot take hold, culminating in A View to a Kill, the worst Bond film, and which made it necessary to reboot the franchise twice before Pierce Brosnan’s successful run.

I did this film nearly a decade ago, and made some errors which have now become fact thanks to the internet. Most pertinently, S. Newton Anderson is certainly not Jaws’ lumpy henchman, and I actually have no idea who he is. IMDb lists his role as “Samuel,” but there is no one by that name in the film. I have the feeling he is Q’s assistant in Brazil, but until I find a pic of Anderson, I cannot say. Also, Nicholas Arbez is prominently listed in the opening credits, but I have no idea who he is. I suspect he is Drax’s shuttle pilot taking him to the space station, but who knows? All Google searches for Arbez come back to Moonraker. I misidentified several other French extras, but think all are fixed now.

I am indebted to Jon Auty’s excellent research on stuntman for several identifications. Any errors, however, are solely mine.

-Dave W.



7th April 1955
Book





Moonraker
26th June 1979
Cinema



126 mins
2.39:1

Moonraker
29th June 1979
Cinema



126 mins
2.39:1

Moonraker
3rd February 1998
DVD



126 mins
2.39:1

Moonraker (Special Edition)
16th May 2000
DVD



126 mins
2.35:1


14th November 2005
DVD



126 mins


Moonraker
24th March 2009
Blu-Ray


126 mins
2.39:1



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Roger Moore
James Bond
Lois Chiles
Holly Goodhead
Michael Lonsdale
Hugo Drax
Richard Kiel
Jaws
Corinne Cléry
Corinne Dufour
Emily Bolton
Manuela
Geoffrey Keen
Sir Frederick Gray
Toshirô Suga
Chang
Lois Maxwell
Miss Moneypenny
Irka Bochenko
Blonde Beauty
Nicholas Arbez
Drax's Boy
[see note above]
Bernard Lee
M
Desmond Llewelyn
Q
Blanche Ravalec
Dolly
Anne Lonnberg
Museum Guide
Mike Marshall
Col. Scott
Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Pilot Private Jet
(as Jean Pierre Castaldi)
Leila Shenna
Hostess Private Jet
Walter Gotell
General Gogol
Douglas Lambert
Mission Control Director
Arthur Howard
Cavendish
Alfie Bass
Consumptive Italian
Brian Keith
U.S. Shuttle Captain
[Captain White USAF]
George Birt
Captain Boeing 747
[Colonel Kennedy USAF]
Kim Fortune
R.A.F. Officer
Lizzie Warville
Russian Girl
Johnny Traber's Troupe
Funambulists
Guy Di Rigo
Ambulanceman
Chris Dillinger
Drax's Technician
Claude Carliez
Gondolier
Georges Beller
Drax's Technician
Denis Seurat
Officer Boeing 747
[Flight Engineer - Captain USAF]
Chichinou Kaeppler
Drax's Girl - Signora Del Mateo
Christina Hui
Drax's Girl
Françoise Gayat
Drax's Girl - Lady Victoria Devon
Nicaise Jean-Louis
Drax's Girl
Catherine Serre
Drax's Girl - Countess Lubinski
Béatrice Libert
Drax's Girl - Mademoiselle Deradier
Benoît Ferreux
Moonraker Hijacker
Patrick Floersheim
Moonraker Hijacker
Martin Grace
007 Airplane Flight Double
Jake Lombard
007 Parachute Double
B. J. Worth
Pilot Parachute Double
Ron Luginbill
Jaws Parachute Double
Unknown 12911
Opening Credits Model
Unknown 12911
Drax's Servant
Guy Delorme
Tree Assassin
Albert R. Broccoli
Man in St. Marks Square
(producer's cameo)
Dana Broccoli
Woman in St. Mark's Square
Michael G. Wilson
Man Outside Venini Glass
John Gant
Venice Coffin Assassin
Unknown 12911
Bond's Gondolier
Unknown 12911
Funeral Boat Gunman
Unknown 12911
Funeral Boat Driver
Michel Berreur
Venice Speedboat Driver
Claude Pillas
Venice Speedboat Gunman
Daniel Breton
Man in Gondola
Dorothy Ford
Woman in Gondola
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse
Sailor in St. Mark's Square
(camera grip cameo)
Victor Tourjansky
Man with Bottle in St. Mark's Square
(2nd unit director cameo)
Jean Tournier
Painter in St. Mark's Square
(cinematographer cameo)
Lewis Gilbert
Man in St. Mark's Square
(director's cameo)
Jacques Pisias
Waiter in St. Mark's Square
Jean Rupert
Technician in Venini Laboratory
Marc Mazza
Technician in Venini Laboratory
Unknown 12911
Opera Singer
Unknown 12911
Italian Official
Unknown 12911
Italian Policeman
Carlos Kurt
Airport Metal Detector Guard
Peter Howitt
Rio de Janeiro Hotel Manager
(set decorator cameo)
Unknown 12911
Jaws' Assistant
(not S. Newton Anderson)
Richard Graydon
007 Double Cable Car Fight
Martin Grace
Jaws Double Cable Car Fight
Bob Simmons
Ambulanceman
Daniel Breton
Fighting Monk
Unknown 12911
Fighting Monk
Claude Carliez
Gaucgo with Bolos
Unknown 12911
Q's Assistant
Unknown 12911
Monk Firing Laser
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman
Unknown 12911
Boat Henchman (Jaws' Driver)
John Long
Stunt Glider Pilot
Howard Curtis
007 Python Wrestling Double
Unknown 12911
Drax's Temple Guard
Unknown 12911
Drax's Temple Guard
Alexandra Middendorf
Moonraker Launch Technician
Unknown 12911
Moonraker Launch Technician
David Gabison
Moonraker Launch Technician
Unknown 12911
Moonraker Launch Technician
Unknown 12911
Moonraker 5 Pilot
Unknown 12911
Moonraker Pilot Slugged by Goodhead
David Jalil
Drax's Boy
Unknown 12911
Drax's Technician
Unknown 12911
Drax's Technician
George Leech
Flirtatious Drax Technician
Unknown 12911
Drax's Technician
Michael G. Wilson
NASA Technician
Daniel Breton
Drax Airlock Guard
Melinda Maxwell
Drax's Girl
(not 100% sure)
Terry Forrestal
Space Marine
[Sgt. Parish]
Unknown 12911
Drax's Guard
Unknown 12911
Drax's Guard
Unknown 12911
Space Marine
[PFC Stone]
Unknown 12911
Space Marine
George Lane Cooper
Space Fighter
Jack Cooper
Space Fighter
Eddie Eddon
Space Fighter
Gilles Kohler
Space Fighter
John Sullivan
Space Fighter
Malcolm Weaver
Space Fighter
Unknown 12911
NASA Technician
Unknown 12911
NASA Technician
Nikki Van der Zyl
Voice: Corinne Dufour
Marc Smith
Voice: Tannoy
Bob Sherman
Voice: Moonraker Mission Control
Ken Adam
Man at St. Marks Square
(production designer cameo)
Jean-Louis Airola
Drax Radarman 2
S. Newton Anderson
Samuel
Jenny Arasse
Bit Part
Rika Hofmann
Model
Barrie Holland
Space Shuttle Officer
Dominique Hulin
Unknown Role
Georges Montal
Gondolier
Patrick Morin
Painter at St. Mark's Square
(still photographer cameo)
Ralph Morse
Astronaut
Daniel Perche
Drax Radarman 1
Herma Vos
Astronaut
Bob Simmons
Action Sequence Arranger
Claude Carliez
Stunt Team / Stunt Arranger (France)
Martin Grace
Stunt Team
Richard Graydon
Stunt Team
Dorothy Ford
Stunt Team
Michel Berreur
Stunt Team
Daniel Breton
Stunt Team
Guy Di Rigo
Stunt Team
Paul Weston
Stunt Team
Don Caltvedt
Skydiving Stunt Coordinator
Jack Cooper
Stunts
Howard Curtis
Stunts
Eddie Eddon
Stunts
Terry Forrestal
Stunts
Reg Harding
Stunts
Rick Lester
Stunt Double: Roger Moore
Claude Pillas
Stunts
Dinny Powell
Stunts
Nosher Powell
Stunts
Tony Smart
Stunts
Peter Munt
Horse Stunts
Steve Gadler
Stand-In for Roger Moore
Denis Seurat
Stand-In for Roger Moore
Marie-Christine Adam
Stand-In for Irka Bochenko
Adele Fátima
Manuela
(replaced)

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