!!The novel:

* 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 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.

!!The film:

* CompleteMonster: Hugo Drax is a cold, snobbish, understated ControlFreak who wishes [[OmnicidalManiac to exterminate the human race]]. He has enough of a [[AGodAmI God complex]] to engineer a plan to wipe to wipe out humanity, build a secret billion-dollar space station and claim that he alone can credit for it, and tell his crazy Nazi space-cult that future generations will look up and "know that there is order in the Heavens" after their insane EvilPlan is completed. Drax gives you plenty of reasons to hate him throughout; [[KickTheDog setting his dogs on his assistant Corinne]] is probably one of the nastier moments in the series. Indeed, the sheer scale and horror of his plans combined with his utter lack of redeeming features just might make Drax the single most evil villain in the entire Bond franchise; he certainly has the most terrifying scheme to date, and he is one of the least likeable bad guys overall, both for his cold SmugSnake attitude and for the fact that his explicit reason for [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim not simply shooting the secret agent]] (and presumably, for every other person he has killed in gruesome ways) is that [[ForTheEvulz he wants Bond's death to amuse him.]] A truly nasty piece of work through and through.
* 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.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The scene where Bond disables the station's gravity is truly impressive when you bear in mind this was filmed pre-CGI. The scene features the largest number of weightless actors ever filmed (on wires).
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** What, pray tell, is such a gorgeous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oieAo5NiYjc title song]] doing attached to [[SoBadItsGood this movie?!]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYw69v0GIaA Space Laser Battle track]] is also epic, though the battle accompanying it?
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IKahbz75xo Flight into Space]]" is truly magnificent.
* JumpedTheShark: It's generally agreed that both ''Moonraker'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' both mark a point at which the Bond films had become over-the-top parodies of themselves, with the following installment having to be dialed back to redeem the franchise.
** It is easier to say that ''Moonraker'' is exactly the opposite case of ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. Moonraker was loved by movie goers thank to the ''StarWars'' craze -which explains why this was the highest grossing movie on the whole franchise by quite a while- but hated by the fandom. ''OHMSS'' was reviled by critics and movie goers (who just wanted more SeanConnery), but loved by the fandom. Let's just say time has been a lot more forgiving to ''OHMSS'' than ''Moonraker''.
* 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.
* {{Sequelitis}}: It is widely considered one of the most ridiculous Bond films.
* SoBadItsGood: For all the problems this film has, it certainly isn't boring.
* SpecialEffectFailure
** Bluescreening for Jaws jumping between the cable cars.
** Don't forget the ''ludicrously'' fake snake Roger Moore wrestles.
* 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?
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Now ''that'' is a space station.