James Bond is back for another mission and this time, he is blasting off into space. A spaceship traveling through space is mysteriously hi-jacked and Bond must work quickly to find out who was behind it all. He starts with the rockets creators, Drax Industries and the man behind the organisation, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again. –IMDb
Lewis Gilbert CBE (born 6 March 1920 in London) is an English film director, producer and screenwriter.
He was the son of music hall performers, and spent his early years travelling with his parents, and watching the shows from the side of the stage. He first performed on-stage at the age of 5, when asked to drive a trick car around the stage. This pleased the audience, so this became the end of his parents’ act. When travelling on trains, his parents frequently hid him in the luggage rack, to avoid paying a fare for him. His father contracted tuberculosis when he was a young man. He died aged 34, when Gilbert was seven. As a child actor in films in the 1920s and 1930s, he was the breadwinner for his family, his mother was a film extra, and he had an erratic formal education. At age 17, Gilbert had a small uncredited role in The Divorce of Lady X (1938) opposite Laurence Olivier.
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Bond jumps on the Star Wars bandwagon, delaying For Yours Eyes Only to take a trip in to outer space. It’s the biggest ‘pushing of the boundaries’ of the whole Bond concept but visits to Venice and Rio de Janiero provide nice backdrops for memorable scenes. It all gets a bit too Stormtrooper in the ill-conceived final scene, but I’ve seen worse Bonds.
Though the second half of the film does fall apart, Moonraker is hardly the "worst Bond film ever" that so many are quick to label it. By expanding upon the original source material, and the inspired direction of Lewis Gilbert, Moonraker is an exhilarating Bond epic that pushes the medium as far as it can go, far-fetched and silly as it might have been.
Thanks to the influence of Craig's superb turn as a dark and singularly thug-like Bond, today's audience is quick to praise Timothy Dalton by comparison as the best Bond besides Connery; strange considering a decade ago his work in the role seemed universally loathed. Moore's films are becoming less and less appreciated as the franchise veers into a more brooding new direction, which saddens me. He remains the most charming, heroic and likeable in the role (if the least convincing as a flawed killer). We always want him to win. His era as 007 produced several misfires, but I wouldn't count "Moonraker" as one of them. It's gleefully bombastic, imaginative and creative in the ridiculous but likeable way that "Goldfinger" was, and the performances are all quite good here.
I completely agree. The theater I volunteer at just finished a James Bond series and Moonraker was the final film. I hadn't seen in since I was a kid and remembered it as being a bit silly. Well, seeing it along side The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice and From Russia With Love, it was really fun. "Gleefully bombastic" is a perfect description.