Monday, December 8, 2008

Moonraker (1979, Roger Moore)

Bond. James....Wait a second, can a James Bond movie be a B movie? They make up one of the most famous film series of all time. They always have huge budgets, use state of the art special effects, are filmed in exotic locations with extensive set designs and feature famous actors. Not to mention they usually rule the box office. Maybe B movies isn't the right term, but on occasion at the very heart of these blockbusters is a B movie in disguise. Moonraker is the perfect example of this.

You all know James Bond, secret agent 007 for Her Majesty's Secret Service. Licensed to kill. In this entry, the 11th official entry in the James Bond series, Bond (Roger Moore) goes to Drax Industries, owned by Hugo Drax, to investigate a stolen space craft. There he meets Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), who turns out to be an undercover CIA agent and uncovers a plot to destroy the human race. Why? Well, I don't want to give everything away. Bond travels around the globe (and outer space) while hang gliding, fighting a giant water python, being pushed out of a plane without a parachute, destroying an entire glass museum and much more.

Trying to profit off of the recent success of Star Wars, the James Bond series took a trip to Outer Space. This proved successful, being the highest grossing Bond film for the next 16 years. Moonraker is one of the best examples of the Bond series being a big budget B movie. The plot is silly, the characters are straight out of a comic book and everything about it is over the top. Most people call Moonraker one of the lowest points in the series. I love it. What I wouldn't give to have been able to see this on the big screen in 1979 (I was negative 1 year old at the time) with the millions of other people flocking to see Bond travel to outer space.


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