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Moonraker

Moonraker film poster
James Bond Roger Moore
Also starring Michael Lonsdale
Lois Chiles
Richard Kiel
Corinne Clery
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
William P. Cartlidge
Michael G. Wilson
Novel/Story by Ian Fleming (novel)
Christopher Wood (screenplay)
Screenplay Christopher Wood
Cinematography by Jean Tournier
Music by John Barry
Main theme Moonraker
Composer John Barry
Hal David
Performer Shirley Bassey
Distributed by United Artists (1979-1981)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1982-present)
Released June 26, 1979 (UK)
June 29, 1979 (USA)
Running time 121 min.
Budget $34,000,000
Worldwide gross $210,300,000
Admissions (world) 85.1 million
Preceded by The Spy Who Loved Me
Followed by For Your Eyes Only
IMDb profile

Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. It is the 11th film in the James Bond series and the fourth to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. When the end credits rolled for the previous Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, it said: 'James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only; however, the producers chose Moonraker as the basis for the next film. For Your Eyes Only was subsequently delayed and ended up following Moonraker in 1981. In the film, Bond is set on the trail of a space shuttle that went missing during transport on the back of a plane. He visits the owner of the transport company, Hugo Drax, to investigate further. 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The film attracted criticism from film critics, such as Leonard Maltin who, in his capsule review of the film for the 1983 edition of TV Movies, stated that Bond "no longer resembles Fleming's character"[citation needed]. Nevertheless, the film's campy humor has made it a durable cult hit, and it has been widely parodied. Leonard Maltin (born December 18, 1950 in New York City) is a widely known and respected American film critic. ...

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Production

In 1955, the film rights to Moonraker were initially sold to the Rank Organisation for £10,000. Fleming eventually bought back the rights in 1959. Tom Mankiewicz had written a screenplay of Moonraker that was eventually discarded. Some scenes from his script were later used in subsequent films, including the Acrostar Jet sequence used in the pre-credit sequence for Octopussy, and the Eiffel Tower scene in A View to a Kill. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tom Mankiewicz is an American screenwriter and director. ... Octopussy is the thirteenth James Bond film made by EON Productions. ... The Eiffel Tower (French: , ) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris, France. ... For the Ian Fleming short story that inspired the film, see From a View to a Kill. ...


As with several previous Bond films, the story from Ian Fleming's novel is almost entirely dispensed with, here in favour of a film more in keeping with the era of science fiction. Indeed, at the end of the preceding The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only had been named as the title for the next film, but Moonraker was substituted instead. Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was a British author, journalist and Second World War Naval Officer. ... Moonraker is the third James Bond novel in Ian Flemings James Bond series. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ...


In February or March 2004, an Internet hoax started rumors about a lost 1956 version of Moonraker by Orson Welles, and a James Bond web site repeated it on April Fools Day 2004 as a hoax. Supposedly, this recently discovered lost film was 40 minutes of raw footage with Dirk Bogarde as Bond, Welles as Drax, and Peter Lorre as Drax's henchman. See [1] for more information. This article contains a trivia section. ... — Mark Twain April Fools Day or All Fools Day is a notable day, though not of its own right a holiday, celebrated in many countries on April 1. ... Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde (28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999), better known by his stage name Dirk Bogarde, was an actor and author. ... Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964), born Ladislav (László) Löwenstein, was an Austrian-Jewish stage and screen actor and director, who later became a naturalised US citizen. ...

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Film locations

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Shooting locations

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Plot

The plot of Moonraker is a rehashing of the series' previous film, The Spy Who Loved Me, about a mad genius who wants to destroy, then rebuild, the world in his own image. Whereas in The Spy Who Loved Me, the villain, Karl Stromberg, sought to recreate civilisation as a perfect and beautiful submarine society, this time, the villain, Hugo Drax, seeks to wipe the terrestrial slate, so that in several generations' time, his private stock of élite, master race could return like gods from outer space and repopulate the Earth; unsurprisingly, the credited screenwriter, Christopher Wood, also was a writer ofThe Spy Who Loved Me. In computer science, a hash table, or a hash map, means a data structure that associates keys with values. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Spy Who Loved Me is a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming first published in 1962. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Spy Who Loved Me is a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming first published in 1962. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Spy Who Loved Me is a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming first published in 1962. ...

After a Drax Industries Moonraker space shuttle is hijacked while transported atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (a modified Boeing 747), James Bond is sent to investigate. The pre-title sequence involves both the incineration of the shuttle carrier aircraft during the Moonraker hijacking, and James Bond pushed out of a different aeroplane, over South Africa, sans parachute, by the assassin Jaws, (c.f. The Spy Who Loved Me); Bond survives and reports to headquarters in London, where M briefs him about the hijacking. Bond is to investigate Sir Hugo Drax, and Drax Industries, the space shuttle supplier, travelling from England to his mansion-shuttle factory in California. Image File history File links Drax. ... Image File history File links Drax. ... Sir Hugo Drax is a fictional character and villain created by author Ian Fleming for the James Bond novel Moonraker. ... For the current Space Shuttle mission, see STS-117 NASAs Space Shuttle, officially called Space Transportation System (STS), is the United States governments current manned launch vehicle. ... Atlantis transported by a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Schematic 3-view The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) are two extensively modified Boeing 747 jetliners that NASA uses to transport a space shuttle orbiter. ... The Boeing 747, commonly nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, is a long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing. ... The Apollo 15 capsule landed safely despite a parachute failure. ... Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (plus some later videogames). ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Sir Hugo Drax is a fictional character created by author Ian Fleming for the James Bond novel Moonraker. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


At Drax Industries, Bond is coldly greeted by Drax and henchman Chang, the latter immediately ordered to see that "some harm comes to him". Bond also meets Dr. Holly Goodhead, an astronaut-scientist employed by Drax, who, calling Bond on his sexism, tests him in a centrifuge; Chang sabotages the test. After surviving that, Bond sneaks into Drax's study and finds blueprints for a glass vial made by a glazier in Venice, Italy. Next morning Bond leaves for Venice, where he again encounters Dr. Goodhead, in a museum glass exhibition. Bond learns the vials are to hold a nerve gas that only kills human beings; Chang ambushes Bond, who survives. A laboratory tabletop centrifuge A centrifuge is a piece of equipment, generally driven by a motor, that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis, applying force perpendicular to the axis. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia, Latin: Venetia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,663 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ...


Later, Bond discovers that Dr. Goodhead is a CIA agent spying on Drax. With this knowledge, he "pushes the panic button" forcing M and the Minister of Defence to go to Venice and see the nerve agent laboratory for themselves. Unfortunately, for Bond, the laboratories have been re-converted to a drawing room, where they encounter a surprised Hugo Drax. Bond, however, has saved one of the vials he earlier found when spying in the laboratory, giving it to M for analysis. M sends Bond to Rio de Janeiro to investigate some of Drax's cargo only to learn that Chang has been replaced by Jaws. Jaws and Bond fight at a local warehouse owned by Drax and then again on top of a cable car, after which Dr. Goodhead is captured by henchmen disguised as hospital workers. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States government. ... Location of Rio de Janeiro Coordinates: Country Brazil Region Southeast State Rio de Janeiro Government  - Mayor Cesar Maia (PFL) Area  - City 1,260 km²  (486. ...


Bond reports to M's temporary headquarters in Brazil and learns that the vial contains a lethal toxin. Bond then travels up the Amazon River looking for Drax's research facility, which he ultimately finds after encountering Jaws again in a death-defying speedboat race, and then a bout with Drax's pet boa. Captured again, Bond and Dr. Goodhead are encaged in a blast pit underneath a Moonraker shuttle set for lift off. Fortunately Bond and Dr. Goodhead are able to escape with the help of Bond's watch. After doing so they pose as pilots then board one of Drax's shuttles on a preset flight to outer space. This article is about the river. ... Categories: Stub | Boat types ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...

James Bond and Holly Goodhead in the space station

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The Iguazu Falls scene near Drax's base

Drawing the toxin from a species of orchid located in the Amazon River basin, Drax plans to destroy all human life (the toxin affects only humans) from space by launching 50 globes containing the toxin from a radar-concealed space station; the toxin would be dispersed when each globe broke up during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. Before launching the globes, Drax also transported several dozens of carefully selected young men and women to the space station. They would live there until Earth was safe again for human life; these people would be the seed for a "new master race". Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1388x2126, 3702 KB) Description = Iguaçu, Brasilien/Argentinien Source = selbst fotografiert Date = created March 1984 Author = Reinhard Jahn, Mannheim nanosmile Wikipedia account please use this discussion page File links The following pages link to this file: Iguassu Falls Metadata This file... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1388x2126, 3702 KB) Description = Iguaçu, Brasilien/Argentinien Source = selbst fotografiert Date = created March 1984 Author = Reinhard Jahn, Mannheim nanosmile Wikipedia account please use this discussion page File links The following pages link to this file: Iguassu Falls Metadata This file... Devils throat from the Brazilian side. ... Orchid re-directs here; for alternate uses see Orchid (disambiguation) Genera Over 800 See List of Orchidaceae genera. ... This article is about the river. ... This long range radar antenna, known as ALTAIR, is used to detect and track space objects in conjunction with ABM testing at the Ronald Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein atoll. ... The International Space Station in 2006 A space station is an artificial structure designed for humans to live in outer space. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ...


A radar-jammer hides the space station's orbital presence from observers on Earth; 007 and Goodhead eventually disable it. After that, the U.S. send a platoon of Marines in a military space shuttle to the station. On arrival, a Star Wars-style laser weapons battle ensues. During the battle Bond shoots Drax, pushes him to an airlock, and ejects him into outer space. The space station is heavily damaged and falls apart. Jaws, (become Bond's ally after learning that he and his girlfriend are not to Drax's standard of human perfection), helps 007 and Dr. Goodhead escape the station in a shuttle. In celebration, Jaws speaks for the first and only time when he opens a champagne bottle with his metal teeth and toasts his girlfriend: "Well, here's to us". This long range radar antenna, known as ALTAIR, is used to detect and track space objects in conjunction with ABM testing at the Ronald Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein atoll. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... A military space shuttle would be (if it existed) the oft-speculated-upon military equivalent of NASAs space shuttle. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Experiment with a laser (likely an argon type) (US Military) In physics, a laser is a device that emits light through a specific mechanism for which the term laser is an acronym: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. ... An airlock is a device which permits the passage of objects, people, and the like, between a pressure vessel and its surrounding space while minimizing the change of pressure—and loss of air—in the vessel. ... Champagne is often consumed as part of a celebration Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of wine to effect carbonation. ...


Before the battle in space, Drax launched three of the globes towards Earth. On their way back, Bond uses the space shuttle's lasers to destroy them, having to manually shoot the third. At the end of the film the Americans and British attempt to talk to Bond and Dr. Goodhead to congratulate them, but when visual connection is made, they see Bond and Holly making love under a white sheet in zero gravity. Exasperated, Fredrick Gray asks what Bond is doing, to which Q offers a suggestion: "I think he's attempting re-entry, sir!". Sir Fredrick Gray is a recurring James Bond character in the films The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights. ...


Bond notices that the camera is on and that he is being seen with Holly and, after offering an annoyed glance turned embarrassed grin, he turns off the camera. An exhausted but blissful Holly asks James "Take me around the world one more time?". He obliges her.


Vehicles and gadgets

Moonraker was criticized for an overabundance of gadgets to a degree many fans considered excessive. This film ultimately led to the more realistic For Your Eyes Only, in which Bond was forced to rely less on gadgets and more on his talents and instincts to extricate himself from trouble. Throughout the James Bond series of films Q Branch has given Bond a wide variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. ... A popular element of the James Bond franchise is the exotic equipment and vehicles he is assigned on his missions, which often prove to be critically useful. ... For Your Eyes Only is the 12th film in the James Bond series and the fifth to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ...


Bond's gadgets include:

  • A wrist gun that was given to him by Q-Branch. It could shoot:
    • Armour-piercing darts (used to disable a high g-force simulator (centrifuge) that was being used by Drax to kill him after their first meeting).
    • Envenomed darts (used by Bond to kill Drax).
  • a ballpoint pen equipped with a hypodermic needle that allowed Bond to eliminate a boa constrictor in a pool while in Drax's jungle hideout.
  • A mini camera imprinted with "007".
  • A cigarette case safecracker, which contained a device that used x-rays to reveal the tumblers on a safe's combination lock.
  • A watch branded as Seiko. The watch face could open up for a small explosive charge connected to a wire, which allowed for quick removal of an entry obstacle. Bond uses the explosive charge to let him and Dr. Goodhead escape from the Moonraker launch platform.

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Bond uses a hand glider to fly over the Iguacu Falls

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  • A gondola made by Q-Branch (known amongst fans as the "Bondola") that could transform into a hovercraft and move on land. Bond used this to escape from his pursuers while in Venice.
  • "Q's Hydrofoil Boat". This boat is used by Bond to escape from Jaws while searching for the Moonraker spacecraft launching facility. It came with all the usual Q refinements and a hang-glider.

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  • The aforementioned needle pen.
  • A flame-throwing perfume bottle
  • A radio transmitter concealed in her handbag.

Several other gadgets or "futuristic" devices were used throughout the film including the "Moonraker laser", which is a laser gun that could be used to shoot in space. The gun was carried over and used in the video game, GoldenEye 007 in the Aztec Level, which was in many parts modelled after the launch site for Drax's rockets. Riverboat of the U.S. Brownwater Navy shooting ignited napalm from its mounted flamethrower during the Vietnam war. ... // Rayguns are a type of directed-energy weapon. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... GoldenEye 007 is a first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64 based on the James Bond film GoldenEye. ...


Cast

The Jaws character (played by Richard Kiel) makes a return, although in Moonraker the role is played more for laughs than as the killing machine that he was in The Spy Who Loved Me (see Jaws (James Bond) for more information on the character changes). Image File history File links Corinne_moonraker. ... Image File history File links Corinne_moonraker. ... Corinne Clery at the time of Story of O (1975). ... Corinne Dufour is a fictional character from the James Bond film Moonraker, portrayed by Corinne Clery. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... M is the title and code letter for James Bonds boss, the fictional head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6 (or MI7). ... Bernard Lee as M in The Man with the Golden Gun Bernard Lee (January 10, 1908 – January 16, 1981) was a British actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven James Bond films. ... Miss Moneypenny is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. ... Lois Maxwell (born Lois Hooker on 14 February 1927 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. ... Q is a fictional character in the James Bond novels and films. ... Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (September 12, 1913 – December 19, 1999) was a Welsh actor, famous for playing the fictional character of Q in the James Bond series of films. ... Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (plus some later videogames). ... Richard Kiel as Jaws Richard Kiel on May 14, 2006 Richard Dawson Kiel (born September 13, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and his considerable height. ... Sir Hugo Drax is a fictional character created by author Ian Fleming for the James Bond novel Moonraker. ... Michael Lonsdale (born May 24, 1931 in Paris) is a French actor perhaps best known for his role as Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film, Moonraker. ... An intimate moment between Bond and an exhausted by blissful Holly A fictional character from the James Bond franchise, Dr. Holly Goodhead played by Lois Chiles is the main Bond Girl of Moonraker. ... Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead in Moonraker. An intimate moment between Bond and an exhausted but blissful Holly Lois Chiles (born Lois Cleveland Chiles on April 15, 1947) is an American actress and former model best known for playing well bread WASPs. ... Corinne Dufour is a fictional character from the James Bond film Moonraker, portrayed by Corinne Clery. ... Corinne Clery at the time of Story of O (1975). ... The following is a list of recurring and notable allies found throughout the James Bond films and novels. ... Geoffrey Keen (21 August 1916 – 3 November 2005) was a British actor who appeared in supporting roles in many famous films. ... The following is a list of recurring and notable allies found throughout the James Bond films and novels. ... Walter Gotell (March 15, 1924 - May 5, 1997) was a German actor, best known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the Bond films. ... Emily Bolton is an actress probably best known for her appearance in the James Bond film Moonraker in which she played 007s Brazilian contact Manuela. ... Blanche Ravalec is a diminutive French actress most recognized for her role as Dolly, Jawss girlfriend in the James Bond film Moonraker. ... Toshirô Suga is an aikido master born in Tokyo 22 August 1950. ... Shenna in Moonraker, 1979 Leila Shenna (Arabic: ليلة شنّة), (born Morocco) is a Moroccan former actress who featured on film mostly in the 1970s. ... Richard Kiel as Jaws Richard Kiel on May 14, 2006 Richard Dawson Kiel (born September 13, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and his considerable height. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ... Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (plus some later videogames). ...


Lois Chiles had been first approached by the producers for the role of Anya in The Spy Who Loved Me but had turned down the role as she had planned to leave the acting profession at that time. The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ...


The Drax' girls are Irka Bochenko, Anne Lonnberg (museum guide), Chichinou Kaeppler (Signora Del Mateo), Christina Hui, Francoise Gayat (Lady Victoria Devon), Nicaise Jean Louis (coloured), Catherine Serre (Countess Labinsky), Beatrice Libert (Mademoiselle Deradier), Cathy Coen (space station operator). It is also said that Melinda Maxwell, the daughter of Lois Maxwell plays in the film, but there is no mentioning in which scene or what character.


Executive Producer Michael G. Wilson continues a tradition in the Bond films he started in the film Goldfinger where he has a small cameo role: he appears twice in Moonraker, first as a tourist outside the Venini Glass shop in Venice, then at the end of the film as a technician in the NASA control room. Michael G. Wilson (born 1943) is the stepson of the late James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and half brother to current James Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli. ... For the villain in this film, see Auric Goldfinger. ... A technician is generally someone in a technological field who has a relatively practical understanding of the general theoretical principles of that field, e. ...


This is Bernard Lee's last Bond film starring as M before he died of stomach cancer in January of 1981. Bernard Lee as M in The Man with the Golden Gun Bernard Lee (January 10, 1908 – January 16, 1981) was a British actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven James Bond films. ... M is the title and code letter for James Bonds boss, the fictional head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6 (or MI7). ... Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs; particularly the esophagus and the small intestine. ...


Interestingly, in the novel, Fleming describes Drax as a "Lonsdale figure." Michael Lonsdale, of course, played Drax in the film.


The Character of Jaws was supposed to be a villain, but director Lewis Gilbert stated on the DVD documentary that he got considerable amounts of fan mail from small children saying "Why Cant Jaws be a goodie not a baddie", Gilbert decided to make Jaws gradually become Bonds allie in the latter half of the film. Lewis Gilbert (born March 6, 1920) is a British film director born in London, England. ...


Soundtrack

Moonraker
Soundtrack by John Barry
Released 1979
Recorded April 1979
Length 30:54
Label EMI
Producer(s) Frank Collura (Reissue)
Professional reviews
John Barry chronology
The Deep
(1977)
Moonraker
(1979)
Hanover Street
(1979)
James Bond soundtrack chronology
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977)
Moonraker
(1979)
For Your Eyes Only
(1981)
Main article: James Bond music

Moonraker was the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey. The soundtrack was composed by John Barry. The film uses two versions of the song; a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version heard over the end credits. The song failed to make an impact on the charts, though it remains popular among fans. Image File history File links Splitsection. ... Moonraker is the soundtrack for the 11th James Bond film of the same name. ... 007 - Moonraker soundtrack cover This is an album cover. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... John Barry. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... John Barry. ... The Deep is a 1977 film directed by Peter Yates based on the novel by Peter Benchley. ... Hanover Street is a 1979 movie written and directed by Peter Hyams, starring Harrison Ford and Lesley-Anne Down. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ... Main article: James Bond music The theme song to For Your Eyes Only, was written by Bill Conti (music) and Michael Leeson (lyrics), and performed by Sheena Easton. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born January 8, 1937), is a Welsh singer, perhaps best-known for performing the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). ... John Barry. ...


The score for Moonraker marked a turning point in John Barry's output, abandoning the Kentonesque brass of his earlier Bond scores and instead scoring the film with slow, rich string passages - a trend which Barry would continues in the 80s with scores such as Out of Africa and Somewhere in Time.


Moonraker uses for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever a piece of music called "007" (on track 7), the secondary Bond theme composed by Barry which was introduced in From Russia with Love. Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh film in the EON Productions James Bond series. ... From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film in the official EON Productions series, and the second to star Sean Connery as the suave and sophisticated British Secret Service agent James Bond. ...


Unusually, the score was recorded in Paris - all previous John Barry Bond scores had been recorded at CTS Studios in London. A general strike in Britain had forced the production to relocate to France and it was decided the film would be scored there as well. Unlike all of the other Bond films, the score for Moonraker has never received an extended release, due to the loss of the original session masters which appear to have been misplaced in France.


Track listing

  1. "Main Title" - Moonraker by Shirley Bassey
  2. "Space Lazer Battle"
  3. "Miss Goodhead Meets Bond"
  4. "Cable Car and Snake Fight"
  5. "Bond Lured to Pyramid"
  6. "Flight into Space"
  7. "Bond Arrives in Rio and Boat Chase"
  8. "Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down"
  9. "Bond Smells a Rat"
  10. "End Title" - Moonraker

Some familiar pieces of music also appear in the film:-

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Goofs and inaccuracies

  • The hijacking of the Moonraker from atop its Boeing 747 transport in the film's teaser opening would be impossible. The space shuttle does not carry fuel for its RS-25 main engines on-board (the fuel is carried in the large and expendable orange external tank), only fuel for the small maneuvering engines.
  • When Bond is flying by helicopter from Los Angeles International Airport to the Drax Corporation, the pilot Corinne Dufour, is first shown flying with a pilot's headset. After the scene cuts to a view outside, and then back to Corinne, the headset is gone and her hair is in perfect order.
  • After escaping from the henchmen disguised as hospital workers in Rio, Bond proceeds to the MI6 hideout disguising himself by wearing a poncho. Ponchos are not a typical garment of Brazil and are much more prevalent in Peru.
  • When Bond is involved in a boat chase on the Amazon River in Brazil, he escapes in a hangglider over the Iguazu Falls. While the Amazon is in the north of Brazil, Iguazu Falls is over 2200 kilometres (1320 miles) to the south, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. To make the scene even more ludicrous, after landing with the hangglider just off Iguazu Falls, Bond then procceeds to walk a few minutes through the trees and then comes upon the Mayan Tikal Temple I, which in actuality is over 4500 kilometres (2700 miles) to northwest, in Guatemala, a country in Central America. In less than 5 minutes of "real time", Bond has crossed the whole of Brazil and back, and then goes on straight into Central America.
  • When Bond enters Drax's lair, he is made to fall in a pool of water and a Python is sent in to kill him. The (fake) snake that Bond struggles with, and eventually kills has a much bigger head and larger body than the (real) snake which is shown entering the water previously. It should also be noted that Boas, not Pythons, live in Brazil.
  • To escape from the blast pit beneath the rocket engines, Bond uses an explosive charge to destroy the grating at the mouth of an air vent. However, such a vent would have been designed to withstand the incredible heat produced from the rockets as they launched, making it quite unlikely that Bond's small explosive would have any effect at all.
  • The artificial gravity of Drax's space station was generated by rotating the station. Considering the station's octopus-like design, it would be impossible to achieve gravity in the correct axis by rotating the station around its core.
  • The sounds of the battle in outer space would not have been audible. Space has no air or gas molecules to vibrate and transmit sounds.
  • Once the Americans discover Drax's space station, they find that it is about 200 metres across. The film suggests that Drax hides his station by jamming terrestrial radar, but this is absurd. Amateur astronomers and other observers on earth could have seen the station well enough with a telescope.

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Novelisation

1979 Triad/Panther British paperback edition

A novelization of the movie was made by Christopher Wood. Its name was changed to James Bond and Moonraker to avoid confusion with Fleming's novel Moonraker. It was released in 1979. Download high resolution version (522x835, 124 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... Download high resolution version (522x835, 124 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ... Christopher Wood (November 5, 1935 in London, England, UK) is a screenwriter best known for the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 with Richard Maibaum) and Moonraker (1979), as well as for the two novelizations based upon these films. ... Moonraker is the third James Bond novel in Ian Flemings James Bond series. ... See also: 1978 in literature, other events of 1979, 1980 in literature, list of years in literature. ...


The screenplay of Moonraker differed so much from Ian Fleming's novel that EON Productions and Glidrose Publications authorized the film's screenwriter, Christopher Wood to write his second novelization based upon the film. EON Productions is a film production company known for producing the James Bond film series. ... Ian Fleming Publications is the production company formerly known as both Glidrose Productions Limited and Glidrose Publications Limited, named after its founders John Gliddon and Norman Rose. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Christopher Wood (November 5, 1935 in London, England, UK) is a screenwriter best known for the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 with Richard Maibaum) and Moonraker (1979), as well as for the two novelizations based upon these films. ... A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ...


His first novelisation, James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me, was based upon a script written by himself and Richard Maibaum for the film The Spy Who Loved Me, and released in 1977. In James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me there were many differences from the film including the villain's name, the re-emergence of the Soviet spy agency SMERSH, and the possible death of Stromberg's henchman, Jaws. The script for the movie The Spy Who Loved Me went through several drafts before Wood was brought in. Richard Maibaum (May 26, 1909 - January 4, 1991) is a screenwriter best known for his adaptations of Ian Flemings novels, specifically the James Bond series of novels. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ... See also: 1976 in literature, other events of 1977, 1978 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Soviet redirects here. ... SMERSH (in capitalised letters) is a Soviet counterintelligence agency that was featured in Ian Flemings early James Bond novels and films as 007s nemesis. ... Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (plus some later videogames). ...


However, in James Bond and Moonraker Wood writes a straight novelization of the screenplay most likely because he wrote the script completely. One noticeable difference between the novelization and the screenplay for Moonraker is that Jaws does not gain a girlfriend and stays true to Wood's description as being a mute. Speech disorders or speech impediments, as they are also called, are a type of communication disorders where normal speech is disrupted. ...


Glidrose Productions chose not to commission novelizations of the next few Bond films; the next film to be novelized would be Licence to Kill 10 years later. Licence to Kill (released in the United States as License to Kill, but sold in the U.S. home video market with the British spelling) is the sixteenth film in the James Bond film series made by EON Productions. ...



Author: Publisher: Hardback: Paperback: Alternate titles:
Christopher Wood Glidrose Publications (UK) 1979 | (U.S.) None (UK) 1979 | (U.S.) 1979
Preceded by: James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (film novelisation)
Followed by: Licence Renewed

Christopher Wood (November 5, 1935 in London, England, UK) is a screenwriter best known for the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 with Richard Maibaum) and Moonraker (1979), as well as for the two novelizations based upon these films. ... Ian Fleming Publications is the production company formerly known as both Glidrose Productions Limited and Glidrose Publications Limited, named after its founders John Gliddon and Norman Rose. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Productions James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as British Secret Service agent, Commander James Bond. ... Licence Renewed (published in American editions as License Renewed), first published in 1981, is the first novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Flemings secret agent, James Bond. ...

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