We’re officially over the halfway point in the Nerdscoop’s “20 Days of 007” with 1979’s Moonraker marking the 11th in the series.
Roger Moore stars as James Bond 007 in a humorous adventure that sees Bond in space and the glorious return of Jaws (Richard Kiel). A space shuttle called the Moonraker, built by Drax Industries, is on its way to the U.K when it is hijacked in mid-air and the crew of the 747 carrying it, is killed. Bond is immediately called into action, and starts the investigation with Hugo Drax himself. While at the Drax laboratories, Bond meets the brilliant & stunning Dr. Holly Goodhead, a NASA astronaut & CIA agent who is investigating Drax for the U.S. Government.
One of Drax’s thugs, the sinister Chan, attempts to kill 007 at the lab but when this fails, he follows Bond to Venice and tries his luck again there. Bond & Goodhead follow Drax’s trail to Brazil, where they once again run into the 7′ Goliath Jaws, a towering giant with metal teeth. Escaping from him, they discover the existence of a huge space station undetected by U.S. or Soviet radar, and a horrible plot by Drax to employ nerve gas in a genocide project! Bond & Holly must quickly find a way to stop Hugo Drax before his horrific plans can be put into effect.
Overall, I thought that Moonraker was definitely below the standard I’d come to expect from the series. The story is to be quite honest completely out of place within the 007 universe, verging a little too far towards science fiction; not surprising when you consider the fact that Moonraker was rushed to screens to tie in with the recent Star Wars craze. Having said that I enjoyed the character of Jaws, the great gondola chase, and the usual wit from Roger Moore.