I am not very familiar with the pre-Brosnan James Bond, which is to say I’m not familiar with James Bond at all. I’ve certainly enjoyed the Brosnan and Craig films. Casino Royale is a great spectacle and I am excited to see Skyfall. But there is an entire oeuvre of kitsch that I don’t really know. Until now!
Enter Moonraker. This 1979 Bond film with Roger Moore as the leading man is decidedly on the Austin Powers end of the 007 spectrum. Rather than being coy and playful with its inherent outlandishness, it’s just silly. James Bond foils a doomsday plot… in space!, because of reasons and a guy with a goatee. Moonraker is most remembered for Jaws, the tall henchman with metal teeth and a heart of gold.
Let’s take a photographic adventure.
There’s actually a nice allusion to Spielberg’s Close Encounters when Bond is in Venice: the keycode he uses to enter a secret laboratory plays the iconic five note sequence from Close Encounters (1977).
One thing’s for sure: the poster is fantastic. They should have forgotten the film and just made the poster.