Digging Double Oh Seven: Moonraker (1979)

In an effort to make up for missing a few days of DDOS thanks to sickness I decided to watch another Bond flick today: Moonraker. It’s funny how similar Moonraker is to The Spy Who Loved Me, but I wound up liking this movie a lot more. The flick starts with Bond using a parachute (the red and yellow color scheme is even the same), Jaws is in it, he finds himself entwined with a secret agent from another country, the villain wants to kill LOTS of people and the flick ends with Bond’s sexual conquest being spotted by both of their superiors. And yet, I dug it, mostly because Holly Goodhead doesn’t flippantly decided to bed with the guy who killed the guy she was dating. In fact, I get the feeling that she’s actually using her wiles in much the same way as Bond is: for the good of job. She also seems to hold her own better than Agent XXX ever did in the previous flick.

As I mentioned, the film opens with yet another parachute sequence, but this one features Bond jumping out of a crashing plane without a parachute in an effort to catch up with an assailant who already jumped and steal his chute. Again, the stunt looks freaking real because dudes were really jumping out of planes with thin chutes under their sport coats so it looked like they were jumping without them. It’s pretty sick. However, I hate how Jaws survives falling out of a plane and landing on a circus. I know these movies aren’t based in super-realism (at least not until Casino Royale) but that got under my skin a bit. Oh, the flick also has a butt ton of space fights, which is pretty awesome in addition to TWO boat chases, one of which involves a motorized gondola that turns into a hovercraft. I love that stuff. Plus the tram fight! So many moments of awesomeness!

And man, how crazy is Drax’s plan? He trained a new master race, built a space station to house them and devised a plan that would kill only the people on Earth so him and his peeps could come back and restart the Earth. Intense. Speaking of villains, did you know that Jaws turns into a good guy and finds love in this movie because kids were writing to the producers and asking for such a change? Ridonc! Good for him though. I guess landing on a circus and meeting a cute blond has a tendency to change one’s worldview.

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