Moonraker (1979)

Watched 20130830 (Netflix, Instant, HD) (Streaming until 20130902)
Watched half 20130103 (Television)
Moonraker (1979) Lewis Gilbert. 126 min [botnotsn (1955) by Ian Fleming]

James Bond and Holly Goodhead

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I had realized, after completing For Your Eyes Only, that I had skipped Moonraker. This mistake, however, was due to the end credits of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) which states that the next Bond movie is For Your Eyes Only (1981).*

Bond and Goodhead

This movie was much funnier than any other Bond movie I've seen. As such, it was fresh and different, but perhaps detracted from what makes a Bond movie worth watching. In terms of being funnier, it's a small step in the direction of the Austin Powers films.

*According to Wikipedia, the reason for this change was due to the popularity of Star Wars (1977), so For Your Eyes Only was pushed back for Moonraker.

[Part of Movies: James Bond]

Instant Comments:
Hehe. "He's on his last leg, Sir."
Now this skydiving opening is cool.


I'm a little iffy on this line: "I don't know what happened? Something must have gone wrong with the controls." I suppose she tends to think happy thoughts over negative thoughts and perhaps its only obvious to the viewer that there is foul play involved.
"You missed Mr. Bond." "Did I?"
Ha! The most comedic scene I've seen in the Bond movies thus far! (boat chase in Venice) It ends with a nod to the hat tossing that Bond does.

Dolly is happy to see Jaws.

Are there any advantages to trying to kill someone with a shinai?
References Casablanca (1942): "Play it again, Sam." It should be noted, however, this is a misquotation and the relevant lines are "Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake." and "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"
Huh, so this is Jaws... which was the same bad guy from one from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). I don't remember if they showed Jaws surviving or not.

Bond fights a python.

"I discovered he had a crush on me."
They simulate the look of zero-gravity by moving slowly. But oddly, in the next scene, they display an ability to make it look like the spaceman are floating in space.
"Well, here's to us."
His girlfriend never speaks in the film, but she isn't mute, as we see her whisper to him.
"I think he's attempting re-entry, Sir."

In possibly the funniest scene in any Bond movie, 007 rides a gondola/hovercraft through Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy)

Due to pushing back the release of For Your Eyes Only, this film lists For Your Eyes Only (1981) in the end credits as the next Bond movie.

I was fortunate enough to walk through Piazza San Marco ( during my trip to Europe last May. Having rained heavily during the morning, the square was flooded and water slowly drained out of the square through drains placed throughout. Perhaps Bond's gondola ride on land would have been less strange in such a situation.

After coming in from the Venice lagoon and through the Piazzetta, Bond enters the Piazza San Marco and passes by the west facade of Basilica di San Marco (above) before making a left.
That brings Bond to pass by the Procuratie Vecchie (seen on the right). In this picture, the square has a good layer of rainwater.
Finally, many pigeons occupy the square and at one point, the scene cuts to many pigeons flying up into the air, presumably startled by the gondola.

After watching Inside Out (2015) with my family, I returned to the James Bond marathon on television and the current film was Moonraker.

Instant Comments:
The password sounds out the tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Everybody walks through the metal detector.
[one of the last scenes I remember was Bond brings his superiors to check out the lab, but it's gone]
[oh wait, I think the last I saw was Bond making out with the CIA agent]

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