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Moonraker (1979)

Director:
Lewis Gilbert
COUNTRY
UK/France
GENRE
Comedy/Spy/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Måneraketten
RUNNING TIME
126 minutes
Producer:
Albert R. Broccoli
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Ian Fleming):
Christopher Wood


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
James Bond Roger Moore ½
Dr. Holly Goodhead Lois Chiles
Hugo Drax Michael Lonsdale
Jaws Richard Kiel ½
Corinne Dufour Corinne Clery
M Bernard Lee
Sir Frederick Gray Geoffrey Keen
Q Desmond Llewellyn
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell
Chang Toshiro Suga

 

Review

The most aristocratic of all the Bonds, Roger Moore, frolics around as 007 for the fourth time in this over-proportioned and ultimately silly, but still entertaining film. The special effects are occasionally stunning and the set-pieces often great fun (such as the river chase) as the Broccolis tried to capitalize on the budding space films of the late 1970s. The hoax itself is clever enough, and the megalomaniac is of classic Bond standard, but the ending lets the film down as the action gets priority over logic and character. Moore and Chiles, however, are having a good time, and the former looks good in his fourth film, contributing an elegance and superiority which lifts Bond out of reach for villains and realism alike. There is no real suspense with Moore's Bond, only fashionable entertainment. This film, which was the most expensive Bond to date, was also the highest grossing.

Copyright © 11.9.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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