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"Moonraker" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

MoonrakerSynopsis

The opening scene of this Bond film is like all Bond films: On the edge of catastrophe. Bond (Moore) is left in an airplane to crash, while the pilot jumps out with a parachute. So, Bond goes after him, takes the parachute away from the pilot, and lands safely (since this film is rated PG, they are not about to show you the pilot hitting the ground and splattering like a ripe watermelon).

So, in the story, after a space shuttle that Drax Industries manufactured is stolen, Bond is assigned to go to the factory, meet with Hugo Drax (Lonsdale), and from there, find the stolen space shuttle.

While at the factory, he meets Dr. Holly Goodhead (Chiles) (another play on words that was common in all Bond films, up until the most recent in the series, where Bond is played by Daniel Craig, and the plots are much more deadly and less fun).

After a mishap in a centrifuge that is used to train astronauts, Bond becomes suspicious that Drax is somehow involved in the theft.

Along with Holly, Bond discovers that the space shuttle was actually "stolen" by Drax himself, and it was placed in orbit around earth. He has a secret facility where he has paired the most healthy and most beautiful humans he could find, and they are to be sent to the shuttle, where they will have healthy and beautiful children who will eventually repopulate earth after Drax destroys everyone else still on earth, using some chemical weapons that he has gathered in a Venice glass factory.

Bond and Dr. Goodhead launch into space to meet the space shuttle and stop the plan from reaching its goal.

 

Specifications

  • MGM
  • 1979, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 1 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 22 Mbps
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Lorrine Clery
  • Directed by Lewis Gilbert
    Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No

Commentary

Moonraker is one of my favorite of all the Bond films. The story flows perfectly, and even "Jaws" (Kiel) makes a return, ending up as a good guy. My favorite line in the story is when Drax tells his assistant, "See that some harm comes to Mr. Bond." In any case, for Bond fans, Moonraker is definitely one to purchase for your library.

Technical

The image is fantastic for such an old movie, and the sound is quite good, with some surround extracted from the old stereo sound tracks.

Extras

These include The Director's Commentary, Commentary by Roger Moore, 007 in Rio, Learning to Freefall, 007 Mission Control, and other things.