History Literature / Moonraker

26th Sep '16 8:58:03 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* SmokeyGentlemansClub: Blades may well be the MostTriumphantExample, at least in literature. It gets several pages' worth of backstory, lots more SceneryPorn descriptions, and according to M, there are so many varieties of food available that only people who have no imagination bother looking at the menus.

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* SmokeyGentlemansClub: SmokyGentlemensClub: Blades may well be the MostTriumphantExample, at least in literature. It gets several pages' worth of backstory, lots more SceneryPorn descriptions, and according to M, there are so many varieties of food available that only people who have no imagination bother looking at the menus.
26th Sep '16 8:57:41 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* SmokeyGentlemansClub: Blades may well be the MostTriumphantExample, at least in literature. It gets several pages' worth of backstory, lots more SceneryPorn descriptions, and according to M, there are so many varieties of food available that only people who have no imagination bother looking at the menus.
6th Sep '16 11:18:44 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* CurbstompBattle: Bond's bridge game against Drax. The chairman of Blades, upon seeing Bond's hand, declares the only possibility to be "sheer murder".



* HeroicSacrifice: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Bond's initial plan [[spoiler:to stop the Moonraker from nuking London]] is to manually sabotage and blow it up at the launch site]], but with Gala's help, he's able to alter its launch coordinates instead.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Bond's initial plan [[spoiler:to stop the Moonraker from nuking London]] is to manually sabotage and blow it up at the launch site]], site, but with Gala's help, he's able to alter its launch coordinates instead.



* RansackedRoom: Both Bond and Gala are victims of Kreb's ransacking during their stay at the Moonraker base, with Gala noting that her mail has been tampered with.

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* RansackedRoom: Both Bond and Gala are victims of Kreb's Krebs' ransacking during their stay at the Moonraker base, with Gala noting that her mail has been tampered with.
6th Sep '16 10:55:13 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* CarChase: A much more action-packed one than what ''Casino Royale'' offered, though [[spoiler:it ends just as badly for Bond]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [{DefiedTrope Defied]]. Bond's initial plan [[spoiler:to stop the Moonraker from nuking London]] is to manually sabotage and blow it up at the launch site]], but with Gala's help, he's able to alter its launch coordinates instead.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [{DefiedTrope [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Bond's initial plan [[spoiler:to stop the Moonraker from nuking London]] is to manually sabotage and blow it up at the launch site]], but with Gala's help, he's able to alter its launch coordinates instead.
6th Sep '16 10:52:35 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* HeroicSacrifice: [{DefiedTrope Defied]]. Bond's initial plan [[spoiler:to stop the Moonraker from nuking London]] is to manually sabotage and blow it up at the launch site]], but with Gala's help, he's able to alter its launch coordinates instead.


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* TreacheryCoverUp: Bond's unofficial "mission" at Blades, as mentioned, is a small-scale version of this. A full-sized one is later initiated with [[spoiler:Hugo Drax's whole identity and plot to nuke London kept out of the press, so to not panic the public]].
6th Sep '16 8:23:40 AM Rubber_Lotus
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All of which, along with the fact that the plot is built around a technology that was cutting-edge in 1955 but already behind the times when the film franchise started, goes some way toward explaining why the [[Film/{{Moonraker}} eleventh]] ''Film/JamesBond'' film has very little to do with the book, only sharing its title and the BigBad's name. Some elements from the book would eventually make its way into the seventeenth film in the series, ''Film/GoldenEye'', and others into the twentieth film, ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.

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All of which, along with the fact that the plot is built around a technology that was cutting-edge in 1955 but already behind the times when the film franchise started, goes some way toward explaining why the [[Film/{{Moonraker}} eleventh]] ''Film/JamesBond'' film has [[InNameOnly very little little]] to do with the book, only sharing its title and the BigBad's name. Some elements from the book would eventually make its way into the seventeenth film in the series, ''Film/GoldenEye'', and others into the twentieth film, ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
''Film/DieAnotherDay''.

Not to be confused with ''James Bond and Moonraker'', the novelization of the aforementioned film.
6th Sep '16 8:16:24 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In stark contrast to the LoveRedeems angle of Jaws' defection in the movie, here in the novel, it's portrayed as Jaws abandoning [[spoiler: Drax]] after realising that a "freakish mutate" like himself would have no place in [[spoiler: Drax's]] Nazism-inspired "genetically perfect world". Likewise, though he does take a woman with him, Bond cynically notes that it's most likely a scientist who realised that Jaws wasn't TooDumbToLive and who played on her beauty to make him take her with him.
24th Apr '16 3:45:05 PM WanderingBrowser
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* GratuitousGerman: A lot of dubious German is (naturally) used, as ex-Nazi villains play a prominent part. Most memorably, Krebs and Drax's other henchmen will frequently address their boss as "''Herr Kapitän''," or "Captain." The problem is that Drax was an infantry captain in the ''Heer'', and later ''Waffen-SS'' in his glory days, while ''Kapitän'' specifically denotes a ''naval'' captain in German. Better researched Nazis would have addressed Drax either as ''Herr Hauptmann'' (an army captain) or ''Hauptsturmführer'' (an SS captain).

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* GratuitousGerman: A lot of dubious German is (naturally) used, as ex-Nazi villains play a prominent part. [[spoiler: Most memorably, Krebs and Drax's other henchmen will frequently address their boss as "''Herr Kapitän''," or "Captain." The problem is that Drax was an infantry captain in the ''Heer'', and later ''Waffen-SS'' in his glory days, while ''Kapitän'' specifically denotes a ''naval'' captain in German. Better researched Nazis would have addressed Drax either as ''Herr Hauptmann'' (an army captain) or ''Hauptsturmführer'' (an SS captain).]]



* TheReveal: Drax is [[CommieNazis Nazi working for the Communists]].

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* TheReveal: Drax is revealed to be [[spoiler: a [[CommieNazis Nazi working for the Communists]].Communists]], with plans to nuke London]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In stark contrast to the LoveRedeems angle of Jaws' defection in the movie, here in the novel, it's portrayed as Jaws abandoning [[spoiler: Drax]] after realising that a "freakish mutate" like himself would have no place in [[spoiler: Drax's]] Nazism-inspired "genetically perfect world". Likewise, though he does take a woman with him, Bond cynically notes that it's most likely a scientist who realised that Jaws wasn't TooDumbToLive and who played on her beauty to make him take her with him.



* ThoseWackyNazis: [[spoiler: Drax is in fact a Nazi, who was part of the Werwolf unit. This also goes for his men]].

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* ThoseWackyNazis: [[spoiler: Drax is in fact a Nazi, who was part of the Werwolf unit. This also goes for his men]].men.
14th Mar '16 3:20:33 AM PaulA
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* EvilIsPetty: The first sign that Drax is a bad'un is when he cheats at cards even though the amounts involved are trivial to a man of his wealth. To him, the amounts are immaterial beside the fact that he just plain hates to be beaten.


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* FixingTheGame: Drax cheats at bridge by using a device to sneak a look at the cards he deals to the other players. With the assent of the club's management, who want Drax put on notice without the embarrassment of a public accusation, Bond beats him with a stacked deck, carefully arranged so that the cards Drax will be able see will mislead him as to their respective chances.
24th May '15 1:58:02 PM BoostPressure
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* EvilGloating: Apart from peppering his MotiveRant with this, Drax also tells Bond he has left a detailed account of his real life with a Scottish law firm, intending it to be revealed to the British public [[spoiler:the day after his nuclear attack on London]].
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