The Spy Who Loved Me: A Roger Moore as James Bond retrospective

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A man walks past a poster for the James Bond film ‘Moonraker’ during a press preview for an exhibition entitled ‘Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style’ at the Barbican in central London, on July 5, 2012. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise and opens to the public between July 6 and September 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)


Moore stared in his fourth Bond film, Moonraker, in 1979.  The film sees 007 trekking across the globe and into outer space with The Female Character, Dr. Holly Goodhead.

The film got mixed reviews, but grossed the most worldwide of any of the Bond films until 1995’s Goldeneye. It cost twice as much to make as The Spy Who Loved Me due to the more sci-fi slant of the film.

Most of it was shot on location (except the parts in space).

As with most Bond films, Moonraker starts off with a big stunt and heist.  This time, a space shuttle called the Moonraker is stolen mid-air, and Bond is sent to investigate.

Multiple attempts are made on Bond’s life as he jets across the world from France to Italy to the Amazon chasing the film’s villain, Hugo Drax, who plans to use nerve gas to wipe out humanity.

Bond and Goodhead get captured in the rain forest, but Bond escapes. A speedboat chase ensues, and Bond finds Drax’s base deep in the Amazon.  He reunites with Dr. Goodhead, and the two sneak aboard one of Drax’s Moonraker shuttles.  Once in space, they disable the cloaking devices hiding the shuttles from the authorities, and the United States sends some marines to bring Drax down.

Drax’s plans are foiled, and Bond kills him by poisoning him with cyanide and jettisoning him into space.