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Moonraker [Blu-ray]

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This was the first James Bond adventure produced after the success of Star Wars, so it jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon by combining the suave appeal of Agent 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) with enough high-tech hardware and special effects to make Luke Skywalker want to join Her Majesty's Secret Service. After the razzle-dazzle of The Spy Who Loved Me, this attempt to latch onto a trend proved to be a case of overkill, even though it brought back the steel-toothed villain Jaws (Richard Kiel) and scored a major hit at the box office. This time Bond is up against a criminal industrialist named Drax (Michel Lonsdale) who wants to control the world from his orbiting space station. In keeping with his well-groomed style, Bond thwarts this maniacal Neo-Hitler's scheme with the help of a beautiful, sleek-figured scientist (played by Lois Chiles with all the vitality of a department-store mannequin). There's a grand-scale climax involving space shuttles and ray guns, but despite the film's popular success, this is one Bond adventure that never quite gets off the launching pad. It's as if the caretakers of the James Bond franchise had forgotten that it's Bond--and not a barrage of gizmos and gadgets (including a land-worthy Venetian gondola)--that fuels the series' success. Despite Moore's passive performance (which Pauline Kael described as "like an office manager who is turning into dead wood but hanging on to collect his pension"), Moonraker had no problem attracting an appreciative audience, and there are even a few renegade Bond-philes who consider it one of their favorites. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moonraker movie review Dec 7 2012
By Gary
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One can never go wrong ordering a James Bond movie. The movie is great, the product arrived within a few days of the predicted date, and I'm very pleased with the movie and the service from Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous Bond blu-ray scenery April 15 2011
Moonraker is one of the most scenically breathtaking Bond films (Rio, Venice, Space etc.), which helps make this film a visual feast on blu-ray. (For anyone who might confuse Bond titles and plots, remember the return of favourite steel-toothed villain, Jaws.) The blu-ray contains many extras (commentary, featurettes etc.), but must compromise with compressed audio (loud sound effects, soft dialogue) - my consistent complaint of the Bond blu-ray series. It's a fun film and though some special effects hold up better than others, Moonraker is definitely worth it for the visuals alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars got it in time - thanks! Dec 26 2011
By pjp89
Yes I would buy from this seller again. Got it in time and there were no problems. I haven't watched it yet but I sure it will be fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Spaceman! June 7 2010
I love Bond's determination in MOONRAKER; there are so many opportunities for him to just give up and go home, but he sticks with it and eventually saves the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but I liked the 1956 one better June 18 2004
By A Customer
The one directed by Orson Welles and produced by Dayton Mace. It had Dirk Bogarde as 007 and Welles as Drax. Trust me, with the exception of some slip-ups that kept it from being released, the release is going to knock people's socks off. Sure, it doesn't compare with the current Bond series, but it's the quintessential original. It's also the first Bond film on record ("Casino Royale" on TV was a big mistake). With some small things being cleared up, the forgotten "Moonraker" will rightly see the light of day again, where it should and will belong.
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The 11th James Bond movie. In the closing credits to THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, filmmakers had announced FOR YOUR EYES ONLY to be the next James Bond film adventure. Several months later, producer Albert R. Broccoli had announced MOONRAKER to be the next film instead. Part of this would be due no doubt to the phenomenal success of such recent science-fiction space epics as STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Therefore this was bound to be one of the most heavily produced 007 epics since THUNDERBALL. Only instead of the ocean, Bond would be transported into a more elaborate setting for action - outer space! With a very sizable budget, and beautiful locations around the world ranging from France, England, Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, and the United States, Broccoli once again demonstrates the key to success in ongoing film series is to adapt to changes in time. Roger Moore gives a usual excellent performance with the help of a tough and gorgeous Bond girl in Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead. The real treat is Richard Kiel back as Jaws! This would also be Bernard Lee's last appearance as M, as he passed away in January 1981.
THE ASSIGNMENT: The MOONRAKER Space Shuttle, transported from the U.S. to Britain on the back of a Boeing 747, has been hijacked in mid-air and the Jumbo destroyed. As the shuttle was on loan from the Americans, the matter is serious and Bond is sent off to discover who stole the shuttle and why. Drax Industries, in California, is where the shuttle was built and this is the starting point. Inquiries produce serious misgivings about Hugo Drax himself, suspicions leading 007 to Venice. There he learns Drax has developed a deadly nerve gas which kills people, but not other wildlife. The gas comes from a rare orchid found in Brazil - the next destination.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Liked This Movie! Feb. 5 2004
Format:VHS Tape
So far I have only seen two James Bond movies, they were Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery and Moonraker with Roger Moore. I know that a lot of fans of the James Bond movies don't like Moonraker but I actually enjoyed watching it and I think Roger Moore was good as James Bond but I think Richard Kiel steals the movie with his great performance as Jaws and I recommend this movie especially for Richard Kiel's performance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep in Context Jan. 31 2004
By A Customer
This was an Excellent Bond movie for its time and is still a pleasure to view it today. While viewing it now may look a bit hokie, for those of us who were old enough when it came out, remember the context in which it was released (i.e., Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers). The special effects were pretty good for its time. For those born in the 80's or later, I would recommend sticking with the latest Star Wars, Matrix, or Adam Sandler movie.
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