Moonraker (1979)

Ian Fleming's 1955 James Bond novel Moonraker concerned itself with an experimental spaceship controlled by a megalomaniac. This film version pays lip service to the original plot, adding an up-to-date space travel wrinkle. This time,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Moonraker, the newest James Bond spectacle, is a cheerful, splashy entertainment. The curators of the Bond museum do not surpass themselves with this exhibition, the 11th in the series, but they haven't fallen down on the job either.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Lewis Gilbert directed, but the real auteur of the series is production designer Ken Adam, whose spectacular chrome and plastic sets define Bond's world and technological ethic.

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

All that remains of the mood of the early films is the theme tune. And though Albert R. Broccoli, the producer, says that Bond goes on forever and never ages. the fact is that he is getting more juvenile with every film that's made.

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Variety Staff

Christopher Wood's script takes the characters exactly where they always go in a James Bond pic and the only question is whether the stunts and gadgets will live up to expectations. They do.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

The space-age plot is spread dangerously thin, the fights all tend to slapstick, and the wanton destruction has become rather too predictable. But it's held together by likeable performances.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Too much of the budget is wasted on overblown spectacle, without enough attention being given to the basics.

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Broccoli just keeps piling on the goodies: lush Ken Adam sets, gadgetry and gams galore, super stunts and effects.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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People Magazine

The series' spectacular photography, gimmickry, verve and wry wit are still abundant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
More Bone from Moore. this was one of my favorites.
Jens S.
review coming
Chris Weber
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, especially in the latter parts of each decade, sci-fi really hit a boom, especially in the wake of Star Wars and Star Trek. It was… More
Josh Lewis
Roger Moore's 4th outing as James Bond (infamously known as "Bond in space") is one of the most technically impressive entries in the series with… More
danny d
an absolutely excellent bond film until the end, when it heavily loses steam and comes to a crash. chiles is one of my least favorite bond girls, and the space… More
Al S
James Bond in that is worth the money. A flat-out exhilarating and enjoyable adventure. A rip-roaring, exciting and very funny action-packed… More