* CreatorBacklash: While certainly not the film of which he's most ashamed, Roger Moore has often made fun of himself and this movie for the absurdity of the plot.
* TheDanza: Corrine Clery as Corrine Dufour.
* FakeNationality: Chang: Chinese character, Japanese actor.
* FountainOfExpies: Jaws tends to be one one of the most referenced ''James Bond'' henchmen in media, alogside maybe Oddjob from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The film is [[InNameOnly so unrelated]] to [[Literature/{{Moonraker}} the novel]] that it received a {{Novelization}}.
* RecycledScript: The film is very much a rehash of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', only [-IN SPACE!-] instead of underwater. Several scenes and plot beats, including the villain's EvilPlan, are pretty much the same.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Before he orders her and Bond to be executed, Drax tells Holly [[FalseReassurance "Your desire to become America's first woman in space will shortly be fulfilled"]], which points itself to pre-1983, when Sally Ride became the first female American astronaut (the first ever female astronaut was Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union in 1963). Let's just [[MST3KMantra forget that Holly had actually gotten into space]] already by that point.
** An inversion (though only at the time of its release): at the time ''Moonraker'' as made, NASA was intending to launch its first space shuttle in 1979, which would have made the film very timely. Unfortunately, NASA had to delay the launch for two years, rendering the film unexpectedly something that was before its time.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** James Mason was considered for the part of Drax, but turned it down. Michael Lonsdale was likely selected due to the movie's French financing (and he does sound somewhat like Mason).
** Carole Bouquet was slated to play Holly Goodhead before she had to turn it down, only to play the Bond girl in the next film, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
** [[Series/CharliesAngels Jaclyn Smith]] was offered the role of Holly Goodhead, but she turned it down.
** Music/KateBush was asked to sing the film's theme song. She declined, and the honors went to Shirley Bassey.
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