Awesome / Moonraker

The Film

  • Bond manages to survive getting thrown out of a plane without a parachute by fighting the villain in mid-air and stealing his. And note that this was 1979, meaning you're actually seeing a pair of stuntmen fighting in freefall with a cameraman falling beside them. It reportedly took almost 100 jumps to get everything.
  • Bond, M and the Minister of Defence walk in to Drax's laboratory wearing gas masks and find it has been entirely refurbished with a "surprised" Drax waiting for them, utterly humiliating Bond in front of his bosses. Magnificent Bastard indeed.
  • Drax's New Era Speech.
  • Space Marines. Before it was cool!
  • Jaws biting the cable to the cable cars.
  • The pheasant hunting scene. Hugo Drax hands Bond a rifle to take a shot at some pheasants, all while one of his snipers is sitting in a tree and aiming for Bond. Bond fires... and misses.
    Drax: You missed, Mr. Bond.
    (Drax's sniper falls out of the tree, dead)
  • 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).
  • The effects. Holy shit, the effects. Even nowadays, on the Blu-Ray version, those model shots and laser guns look damn good. If they're going to steal from Star Wars, they at least stole one of the things Star Wars did right.

The Novel

  • From the book, the entire Blades scene, with Bond successfully cheating Drax out of a colossal sum.