Eon Productions / Danjaq Released 1979




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Lewis Gilbert

Bond teams up with Dr. Holly Goodhead to investigate Drax Industries, who have made a shuttle that has been stolen. Bond tracks the shuttle from California to Venice and, finally, to Brazil and the Amazon rainforest. Along the way, he must fend off angry assassins, including the mercenary Jaws, and henchmen working for Drax. Bond discovers biochemists working on a deadly nerve gas manufactured from a rare orchid that grows only in the Amazon jungle. The poison is lethal to people, but animals and plant life are not harmed. When Bond finds Drax's secret base, and the missing shuttle, he learns the objective of the shuttle's heist and must travel into space to save England and the rest of the world from destruction.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    THE BOND by which to compare all other Bonds is Goldfinger and by that standard Moonraker, the 11th chapter in the exploits of Agent 007, is second-best. But, by the standards of m...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Moonraker is a movie by gadgeteers, for gadgeteers, about gadgeteers. Our age may be losing its faith in technology, but James Bond sure hasn't.

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    While parts of Moonraker are rather silly (a trend during Roger Moore's tenure), solid special effects, well-executed action sequences, and a strict reliance upon the "Bond Formula...

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    • Production Budget - $31,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $70,308,099 (10th)
      Worldwide gross - $210,300,000 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $228,571,350
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $683,684,462

    • Other production companies:
      Les Productions Artistes Associés
      United Artists (distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. The girls are out of this world.
      2. Now that's out of this world!
      3. Outer space now belongs to 007.
      4. The James Bond 007 phenomenon continues.
      5. The action is out of this world.
      6. The villains are out of this world.
      7. Roger Moore James Bond 007
      8. Moonraker Is Out Of This World.
      9. Where all the other Bonds end . . . this one begins!
      10. Now outer space now belongs to James Bond 007
      11. From the most exotic locations on Earth, MOONRAKER will take you out of this world!

    • Filming locations include:
      The Canals, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Amazonas, Brazil
      Aterro de Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Atlantic Ocean
      Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France, Val-d'Oise, France
      Campo San Polo, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Cape Canaveral, Florida
      Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
      Château de Guermantes, Seine-et-Marne, France
      Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
      Clock Tower, Torre dell'Orologio, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Galeão´s Airport, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Grand Canal, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Gritti Palace Hotel, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Grounds, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
      Grumari Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Guermantes, Seine-et-Marne, France
      Hippodrome de Longchamp, Route des Tribunes, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France
      Hotel Danieli, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Iguazú National Park, Argentina
      Iguazú Waterfalls, Misiones, Argentina
      Iguaçu Falls, Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
      Iguaçu National Park, Paraná, Brazil
      Iguaçu River, Paraná, Brazil
      Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida
      Lido, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      London, England, UK
      Los Angeles International Airport - 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California
      Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
      Mining Shafts, Paris, France
      Mojave Desert, California
      Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Napa Valley, California
      Palmdale, California
      Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
      Paraná River, Argentina
      Paraná River, Brazil
      Paraná River, Paraguay
      Paris Studios Cinéma, Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
      Piazzetta Leoncini, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Pont d'Arcole, Seine River, Paris, France
      Port St. Lucie, Florida
      Pyramids of Tikal, Tikal National Park, Guatemala
      Pão de Açúcar, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Rio de Santa Catarina, Brazil
      Rockwell International Assembly Facility, Palmdale, California
      Hotel Danieli, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      San Nicolo Monastery, Lido, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Seine River, Paris, France
      Seine-et-Marne, France
      Silver Springs, Ocala, Florida
      St. Lucie County, Florida
      St. Mark's Square, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Studios Eclair, Epinay-sur-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
      Studios de Boulogne-Billancourt/SFP, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, Fran
      Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      The Bell Tower of San Marco, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Tikal National Park, Guatemala
      Tikal, Guatemala
      Torre dell'Orologio, St. Mark's Square, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Urca Hill Station, Urca Hill, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Urca Hill, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro,
      Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California
      Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
      Vehicle Assembly Building, Cape Canaveral, Florida
      Venetian Lagoon, Veneto, Italy
      Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Venini Glass, St. Mark's Square, Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Île-de-France, France

    • Music:
      Performed by Shirley Bassey
      Composed by John Barry
      Lyrics by Hal David
      Raindrop Prelude (opus 28, number 15 in D flat Major)
      by Frédéric Chopin
      Romeo And Juliet Overture-Fantasy
      by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
      by Johann Strauß
      from The Magnificent Seven
      Composed by Elmer Bernstein
      Vesti la giubba
      Composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo

    • Academy Award Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects


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