!!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 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.

!!The film:
* {{Asspull}}: The US military and Drax himself are able to launch fully-crewed and fully-fueled space shuttles into orbit in only a matter of hours. In truth, the space shuttle took an average six months of preparation before it could be launched, and even the most optimistic prospects for the program still called for several weeks of such work if multiple flights were to be worked into the span of a year.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** 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.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Jaws crashing into a circus tent.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad 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 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. 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 York Times'' even called it the equal of ''Goldfinger''!
* CriticalResearchFailure: Bond is placed in a centrifuge that can test the durability of potential astronauts against a g-force of up to twenty gs, which Dr. Goodhead remarks would be fatal. In actuality, Air Force Colonel John Stapp had set the record for a human's sustainability against g-forces of up to 46 gs in ''1954'', twenty-five years before ''Moonraker'' was released.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: The Gondola chase scene, which has James piloting a hovercraft down the streets of Venice, to various {{Reaction Shot}}s, including a dog (with a "you gotta be kidding" expression), a pigeon (which double-takes), and a waiter who pours his patron's drink down his back in shock. It also has two NoMoreForMe gags, with a smoker and a wino tourist.
* 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!
* LoveItOrHateIt: Depending on who you ask, it's either a fun, over-the-top amusement park ride of a movie, or the worst thing to ever happen to Bond (well, aside from the ''other'' [[Film/DieAnotherDay worst thing to ever happen to Bond]]). Finding someone just neutral about the film is a rarity.
* 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 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.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: 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).
* {{Narm}}: Jaws ''falling in love''.
* {{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.
** 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.
** ''The doubletaking pigeon''. Also qualifies at StockFootageFailure.
** 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.
* VillainDecay: Jaws, who was an unstoppable murder-machine in the ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', while already being treated as a comic relief in that film due to DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and his [[MadeOfIron ridiculous ability to survive]]; falls in love here and even pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end. In the love interest part at least, 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]].
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** Now ''that'' is a space station. Incidentally, it was the last set built for the Bond films by Ken Adam, who was production designer since ''Dr. No'', and boy, did he leave on a high note.
** All the shots of the astronauts floating in zero-g. This film is the record holder for the largest number of invisible hanging wires to be used in a single scene.
** The laser battle aboard the space station. Not quite up there with ''Star Wars'' but it still makes for an impressive climax.
** 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.
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