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.
    • As great as that sequence is (and it's generally regarded as one of the best stunts ever committed to film!), the behind-the-scenes aspect is even more awesome:
      • Stunt supervisor Don Calvedt and skydiver BJ Worth invented a new parachute that was only one inch thick and could be concealed under a suit jacket (which had velcro seams to allow the parachute to open).
      • The skydive cameraman found lightweight plastic lenses and built a helmet camera around them to shoot the sequence. Calvedt and Worth invented a way to stop him suffering whiplash when opening his parachute.
      • Stuntman Jake Lombard tested all of this new equipment, then they shot the final scene, with Lombard as Bond, Worth as the pilot and Ron Luginbill as Jaws. It took 88 skydives to shoot, and everything except the closeups of Moore and Kiel are from the real skydive footage.
  • 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)
    Bond: Did I? (Beat) As you said... such good sport.
  • 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.
    • Of course, they had one of the greatest model-effects artists ever in Derek Meddings, who was nominated for his first special effects Oscar for this film (which they lost to Alien, in a year that also included The Black Hole and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.)
  • The fight scene between Bond and Chang is excellent.

The Novel

  • The entire Blades scene, with Bond successfully cheating Drax out of a colossal sum.
  • Bond's plan for averting the Moonraker launch if they can't successfully redirect it away from London before it takes off. He's going to get Gala to safety, head out into the dangerously fume-filled silo under the rocket, and... light himself a last cigarette. And for her part, Gala works out what he's planning, and given her chances of survival are slim anyway, and says if it comes to it, then they'll do it together.
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