History YMMV / Moonraker

1st Mar '16 7:19:59 AM k410ren
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** ''The doubletaking pigeon''.

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** ''The doubletaking pigeon''. Also qualifies at StockFootageFailure.
9th Jan '16 5:10:31 PM mlsmithca
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* ParvumOpus: Outside of being financially successful, this is considered one of the weakest Bond films made so far by EON, making it a contender for this as well as for Moore's weakest film.
18th Dec '15 2:28:05 PM LtFedora
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** We have a shot of Moonraker 6 on approach to the station, then docks, then a few seconds later we have a view of the station and the shuttle is not docked again from a recycled shot.
14th Dec '15 2:34:28 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Though his plan is smaller in scale than [[Film/{{Moonraker}} his film counterpart's]], Creator/IanFleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler]], Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond (a hardened killer himself) is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero [[HopeCrusher just so their collective spirits would be crushed]] when the nuke hit.

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* CompleteMonster: Though his plan is smaller in scale than [[Film/{{Moonraker}} his film counterpart's]], Creator/IanFleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler]], UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond (a hardened killer himself) is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero [[HopeCrusher just so their collective spirits would be crushed]] when the nuke hit.
14th Dec '15 2:34:17 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Though his plan is smaller in scale than [[Film/{{Moonraker}} his film counterpart's]], Creator/IanFleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of Hitler, Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond (a hardened killer himself) is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero [[HopeCrusher just so their collective spirits would be crushed]] when the nuke hit.

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* CompleteMonster: Though his plan is smaller in scale than [[Film/{{Moonraker}} his film counterpart's]], Creator/IanFleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of Hitler, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler]], Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond (a hardened killer himself) is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero [[HopeCrusher just so their collective spirits would be crushed]] when the nuke hit.
13th Dec '15 7:33:05 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** The US shuttle sent to intercept Drax's station is shown in one shot to be far too small for the multiple platoons of marines deployed into battle.
17th Nov '15 5:03:42 AM LtFedora
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** The opening sky-diving scene. Keep in mind that this was pre-CGI. It took some 70 jumps to accomplish, and it still looks great nearly forty years later.
10th Nov '15 11:44:20 PM jameygamer
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* HilariousInHindsight: One of the actors considered for Drax was James Mason. Had he taken the role, it would be just like playing [[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]] again, only IN SPACE AND WITH BOND!
13th Oct '15 9:44:01 AM JamesAustin
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* CriticalDissonance / CriticProof: This movie is widely regarded as one of the worst Bond movies, if not ''the'' worst, but it was the highest grossing film in the franchise until ''Film/GoldenEye'' was released. It is worth bearing in mind that ''Moonraker'' tends to receive worse reviews ''now'' than it did at release, where some critics accustomed to the sci-fi craze marked it highly - the ''New York Times'' even called it the equal of ''Goldfinger''!

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* CriticalDissonance / CriticProof: CriticalDissonance[=/=]CriticProof: This movie is widely regarded as one of the worst Bond movies, if not ''the'' worst, but it was the highest grossing film in the franchise until ''Film/GoldenEye'' ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' was released. It is worth bearing in mind that In fact, ''Moonraker'' tends to receive worse reviews ''now'' than it did at release, where some critics accustomed to the sci-fi craze marked it highly - the ''New ''The New York Times'' even called it the equal of ''Goldfinger''!



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* MagnificentBastard: Drax redecorating a gas filled laboratory and turning it into a beautiful Venetian lounge in less than a day, then waiting for Bond, M and the Mister of Defence to show up with gas masks ''just'' so he can see the look on Bond's face, just plain reeks of this trope.

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* MagnificentBastard: Drax redecorating a gas filled laboratory and turning it into a beautiful Venetian lounge in less than a day, then waiting for Bond, M and the Mister Minister of Defence to show up with gas masks ''just'' so he can see the look on Bond's face, just plain reeks of this trope.



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* VillainDecay
** Jaws, who was an unstoppable murder-machine in the ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', turns into comic relief in this film, falls in love and even pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end.
*** But Jaws was already a comic relief in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' due to DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and his [[MadeOfIron ridiculous ability to survive]].
** The writers were reluctant to give Jaws a love interest in this film (or at least, a love interest like Dolly), but Richard Kiel fought for it. When people said it was silly that Jaws would have such a diminutive girlfriend, he retorted that [[RealityIsUnrealistic his own wife was exactly the same height]].
*** Which, had the writers thought about it, ''of course'' she was. What's a guy with acromegaly supposed to do, join [=GigantismSingles=].com?

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* VillainDecay
VillainDecay:
** Jaws, who was an unstoppable murder-machine in the ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', turns into while already being treated as a comic relief in this film, that film due to DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and his [[MadeOfIron ridiculous ability to survive]]; falls in love here and even pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end.
*** But Jaws was already a comic relief in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' due to DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and his [[MadeOfIron ridiculous ability to survive]].
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The writers were reluctant to give Jaws a love interest in this film (or at least, a love interest like Dolly), but Richard Kiel fought for it. When people said it was silly that Jaws would have such a diminutive girlfriend, he retorted that [[RealityIsUnrealistic his own wife was exactly the same height]].
*** Which, had the writers thought about it, ''of course'' she was. What's a guy with acromegaly supposed to do, join [=GigantismSingles=].com?
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8th Sep '15 10:29:42 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** ''The doubletaking pigeon''.
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