The third ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel by Creator/IanFleming, published in 1955.

Bond is tasked to teach one Hugo Drax a lesson in a game of TabletopGame/{{Bridge}}, so he'll stop cheating and [[TreacheryCoverUp avert a possible scandal]]. Afterwards, he has to investigate strange going-ons in Drax's project to develop [[UsefulNotes/UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm a ballistic missile for the British Government]].

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''.

!!This novel contains examples of:

* AllGermansAreNazis: A German technician's last actions before he commits suicide are to salute and yell "Heil!" It turns out that [[spoiler: Hugo Drax and his men are in fact German soldiers who have been hiding in England since UserfulNotes/WorldWarII]].
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Subverted with the radiation example (no. 4) of the trope ; the nuclear explosion is [[spoiler:passed off as a conventional one to cover up Drax's plot. The radiation had blown north]].
* AteHisGun: Egon Bartsch, the scientist who killed the original chief of security of Drax's base killed himself this way after the deed.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram:
** Drax has his underlings shave their heads and grow moustaches, meaning they can later disguise themselves by shaving off their moustaches and letting their hair grow out.
** Also played straight, as the scientists working on Drax's rocket are all German, and former Nazis. Drax even mentions that with their heads shaved and with the mustaches in place, no one recognizes them.
* BedsheetLadder: Bond [[FakeoutEscape fakes one up]] to cover the fact that he and Gala are still in the base.
* BottleEpisode: This is the only novel to be set entirely inside the United Kingdom; in fact the action never leaves London and Kent.
* CommieNazis: Drax turns out to be in league with the Soviets, more out of convenience than ideology however. Why the Soviets would trust a former Nazi with a nuclear weapon is not explained.
** For a chance to entirely discredit the idea of Western nuclear missiles based out of Europe, at that time, they'd trust a ''monkey'' with a nuclear weapon. Although it is instructive to note that Drax's head rocket scientist was (although German) provided to Drax by the Russians, and Dr. Walter was the person in charge of designing and setting the guidance system for the Moonraker. So, Drax deciding to aim it at the Russians instead was not a possibility they had to seriously worry about.
* CoolCar: Drax drives a Mercedes 300 S, which Bond describes as "ruthless and majestic". 007 himself owns a 1930 Bentley Coupé, in which he chases Drax towards the end of the book.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Drax chooses to dispose of Bond and Gala Brand by leaving them to be incinerated by the [[WeaponizedExhaust Moonraker's exhaust on lift-off]]. Incidentally, this is one of the few bits that made it into the 1979 film.
* DamselInDistress: Gala Brand is a notable aversion; she proves to be as important to foiling Drax's plot as Bond ([[spoiler:it's actually her that discovers that the rocket is to be fired at London]]) and while she does get captured, Bond also does shortly afterwards.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler: Drax, in reality a former Nazi soldier, has masqueraded as a proud, distinguishable Briton for the past several years after he was "rescued" in his British military disguise, stole the identity of a missing British soldier, and faked amnesia to justify not remembering his pre-World War II life.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Because as it turns out, [[spoiler: she's engaged to another man]]. This results in a BittersweetEnding.
* TheDragon: Willy Krebs, Drax's right-hand man.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:Nuke the London]].
* 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).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Drax is killed when the Russian submarine he and his cohorts are escaping in is blown out of the water by the Moonraker, which Bond and Gala have redirected back onto its original North Sea target.]]
* IShallTauntYou: Bond does this to Hugo Drax in a desperate attempt to make him leave behind a blowtorch (intended for torture) that can be used to burn through Bond's ropes. It works.
* LiteralAsskicking: When Bond finds Krebs rummaging through his stuff, he gives a swift kick to the arse.
* MadScientist: Dr. Walter.
* MotiveRant: Drax gives Bond an epic one when he has him tied up and defenceless. Bond responds by taunting Drax into a VillainousBreakdown, which gives him the opportunity he needs to free himself and Gala.
* NewEraSpeech: Drax gives one near the end before leaving the confused audience.
-->"Your majesty, men and women of England", the voice was a velvet snarl. "I am about to change the course of England's history." A pause. "In a few minutes' time the lives of all of you will be altered, in some cases, ahem, drastically, by the, er, impact of the Moonraker. I am very proud and pleased that fate has singled me out, from amongst all my fellow countrymen, to fire this great arrow of vengeance into the skies and thus to proclaim for all time, and for all the world to witness, the might of my fatherland. I hope this occasion will be forever a warning that the fate of my country's enemies will be written in dust, in ashes, in tears and", a pause, "in blood. And now thank you all for listening and I sincerely hope that those of you who are able will repeat my words to your children, if you have any, tonight".
* 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.
* TheReveal: Drax is [[CommieNazis Nazi working for the Communists]].
* SignsOfDisrepair: Bond sees a neon sign from a viewpoint that partially obscures it: SUMMER S'''HELL IS HERE'''.
* ThoseWackyNazis: [[spoiler: Drax is in fact a Nazi, who was part of the Werwolf unit. This also goes for his men]].
* TortureTechnician: Krebs and possibly Dr. Walter, as described by Drax. Fortunately, we never get to see them exercising their talents.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The first chapter has Bond in a quick-drawing training. He puts the other "guy" (a cardboard target) in hospital, but is "killed". The whole thing is designed to be unwinnable.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Drax is revered by the British public as a great patriot, who is using his enormous wealth to gift Britain her own nuclear defence system. In fact, he is a Nazi in the guise of a British citizen who plans to use the missile to destroy London.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Blades sequence has no impact on the main rocket missile plot, although it does serve as an extended intro for Sir Hugo Drax, as well as giving M some much-needed characterisation.
* YoureInsane: Drax has Bond tied up at the base of his rocket [[WeaponizedExhaust to be incinerated during its launch]]. Bond takes the opportunity to recount Drax's life as he's gathered the info, in all its ugly, humiliating detail, to conclude how it's made him such a mental case. Bond's intent is to enrage Drax enough to overlook what Bond needs to escape.
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