Characters / Moonraker

Characters specific to the novel and James Bond film Moonraker. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.

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The Novel

     Gala Brand 

Galatea "Gala" Brand

A Scotland Yard agent stationed in Drax's rocket base, posing as his secretary.
  • Brainy Brunette: Very good with figures and a competent secretary to Drax.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off as cold and professional towards Bond, but warms up to him eventually and is friends with him by the end.

     Willy Krebs, "The Persuader" 

Willy Krebs, "The Persuader"

Drax's right-hand man and enforcer.

     Hugo Drax 

Sir Hugo Drax / Graf Hugo von der Drache

A Prussian officer that served in one of the legendary Werwolf units, which specialized on infiltration and sabotage during WWII. One mission left him in the middle of an exploding Allied base and he was taken to England, mistaken for an Liverpudlian soldier named Hugo Drax. After settling into his new identity, he cornered the market on a rare metal and became a multimillionaire. A hero to England and beloved in Liverpool for his charity work, Drax is actually using his finances and the Moonraker project for his true plan: Revenge on England.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Bond is sent into Blades to stop him from cheating at cards, and succeeds in an absolutely epic game.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Hugo Drax adopted the identity of one of the countless British servicemen missing in action in the aftermath of a large battle in WWII. The identity he assumes was that of an orphan with no close friends, who by sheer coincidence happened to have a name that was remarkably close to his real one (Graf Hugo von der Drache).
  • Drives Like Crazy: Becomes apparent when Bond has to chase him on a road.
  • Evil Redhead: He has red hair and is one of the main villains.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Big time, as the rocket he planned to destroy London with is reprogrammed to strike the area that his escorting submarine is going through.
    • This is how he ended up where he is in the first place. After sending his Werwolf unit to bomb an Allied base, he ended up getting strafed by a German plane (due to wearing a British uniform), and while unconscious he was found by British soldiers who, thinking he was one of their own, took him to the hospital wing of the very base his men were just about to bomb.
  • Hope Crusher: He made himself into a national hero and Britain's most popular philantrophist so he could destroy the collective spirit of England when his nuke lands on London.
  • Mad Eye: The surgery around his left eye was a disaster, as the missing skin make it seem larger in appearance and perpetually bloodshot.
  • Nazi Nobleman: Was one of these prior to assuming his current identity.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's naturally anti-Semitic, as seen in how he fondly remembers beating a Jewish banker to death after the war and bullying his partner, Meyer, during the poker game with Bond. He also goes on a huge rant against England to Bond and Gala when they've been captured.
    I loathe and despise you all. You swine! Useless, idle, decadent, fools, hiding behind your bloody white cliffs while other people fight your battles. Too weak to defend your colonies, toadying to America with your hats in your hands. Stinking snobs who'll do anything for money. Hah!
  • Red Right Hand: Aside from the singled out ones, he also has unnaturally long thumbs and "ogre's teeth".
  • Self-Made Man: Managed to go from a discharged soldier with no possessions or social connections to a multi-millionaire in the space of 5 years after the end of the war (quite impressive, considering even Blofeld was "only" making 50,000 quid per year as head of SPECTRE prior to Operation Thunderball). Accomplished this by using the business knowledge from his secret Nazi Nobleman past, along with some seed money he got from secretly robbing and murdering a Jewish banker in London.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Drax is in fact a Nazi, who was part of the Werwolf unit.
  • Two-Faced: Left side of his face burned during the war. Plastic surgery managed to fix it somewhat, but it still has some noticeable puckering.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His rags-to-riches story and generous philanthropy has earned him the acclaim of the British populace. Even Bond admires him before learning the truth about him.
  • The Von Trope Family: His real name is Graf Hugo von der Drache.

The Film

     Holly Goodhead 

Dr. Holly Goodhead
"Your powers of observation do you credit, Mr. Bond."
Played by: Lois Chiles

A CIA agent who works undercover as a scientist in Drax Industries. She joins Bond and flies with him to Drax's space station.

     Hugo Drax 

Hugo Drax
"Jaws, you obey me. EXPEL THEM!"
Played by: Michael Lonsdale

A billionaire aerospace magnate who intends to exterminate mankind via Deadly Gas so that he can restart human civilization in space. And in that sounds familiar to you, it's because it's basically a Recycled Script of The Spy Who Loved Me... IN SPACE!
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Red-haired in the book, black-haired here.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the novel, his real name was Hugo von der Drache and "Hugo Drax" was a stolen name. Here, he is genuinely called by the latter name.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, he's described as having facial scars as a result of being burnt. In the film, he has a normal appearance.
  • Adaptational Nationality: In the book, he's a former Nazi masquerading as an Englishman. In the film, he's a French Jerk.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a solid goatee.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Does this a lot.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns Drax Industries, which constructs space shuttles.
  • Creepy Monotone: Only raises his even voice once.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Drax has a rather droll sense of humor.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: His evil plan reeks of the A Nazi by Any Other Name flavor of The Social Darwinist trope, capped off with his intention of repopulate the world with only the human beings he chose as "superior beings."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: He might be an Omnicidal Maniac but his new, "superior" human race includes a diverse sampling of every ethnic group on Earth, which is on the opposite of the beliefs of a Nazi like his book counterpart.
  • Expy: Of Karl Stromberg. IN SPACE! This is even more amusing when one takes into account that Stromberg was an expy of Blofeld and Captain Nemo.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For all of his talk of wanting Bond's death to be "amusing", he's probably the grimmest villain of the Roger Moore's Bond era.
  • Fiction 500: Best shown when Bond is flown to Drax's base in California and lands on a castle, where Drax's personal assistant Corinne tells him that Drax "ordered it to be brought from France" (it was an actual French castle in real life, but the shots were filmed in France, of course). When Bond jokes that Drax could've brought the Eiffel Tower, Corinne says that Drax actually did that, but couldn't export it from France because they wouldn't issue him an export permit.
  • It Amused Me: He wants Bond's death to amuse him.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: Sort of. At some point, he is seen practicing his favorite sport: quail hunting.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Planned to use a nerve gas to kill all the people on Earth while Drax and the people he chose to rebuild civilization reside safely in a space station until it was safe to return.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He usually speaks in a Creepy Monotone. The only time he loses his temper and raises his voice was when Jaws refuses to follow his orders, joining Bond's side.
  • Supervillain Lair: A pyramid in the middle of the Amazonian forest and a Space Station.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Bond does this to Drax after shooting him with a poison wrist-dart. Just take a look at the current page image. Surely, he does take a giant leap for mankind.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The campiest James Bond movie seems to have one of the darkest and most sinister villains to ever grace the franchise.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As a respected businessman, Sir Frederick Gray can't believe that he's behind what Bond accused him of (in fairness to Gray, Drax managed to pull a It Was Here, I Swear! on Bond). M nonetheless pre-emptively sends Bond to investigate Drax further, on the guise of a "vacation" for Bond.
  • Wicked Cultured: Drax is introduced playing a recital of Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude in D-flat major (op. 28) on a grand piano (which he plays in the key of D).


Played by: Toshiro Suga

Drax's Chinese henchman. He is shortly killed off in Venice when Bond throws him out of a building, much like Sandor in the previous film.
  • Disney Villain Death: Dies after he falls into and becomes impaled upon a piano.
  • Destination Defenestration: Bond throws him through the ornate glass of the clock tower's dial, causing him to plunge to his Disney Villain Death by impaling a piano with a loud clang.
  • The Dragon: He's Drax's first one. He attempts to kill Bond twice, first in a centrifuge, then in a museum/clock tower. The second time sees him take a nose dive into a concert piano from the top of the building, prompting Drax to call Jaws in as a replacement.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses a wooden kendo saber against Bond. Not the best way to kill him honestly.
  • Porn Stache: Well, this movie is from the '70s, after all.
  • The Quiet One: He only gets one line in the film, telling Dr. Goodhead that she has a call from Drax.
  • Screaming Warrior: He screams some Kiai during his fight with Bond in Venice.

See his character sheet here.


Played by: Blanche Ravalec

A blonde and nerdy young woman (probably a tourist) who helps Jaws to get out of the cable-car wreckage in Rio. They instantly fall in love and she is allowed to follow him onto the space station. When Drax makes his New World Order speech, Jaws realises that Dolly is the sort of person who will not have a place in Drax's new world, and he immediately wants nothing more to do with Drax.
  • Beast and Beauty: The beauty to Jaws' beast. Although, she is rather plain compared to the series' usual fare.
  • Buxom Is Better: Despite Hollywood Homely being invoked for the rest of the film, her introductory scene shows that she has some rather nice tracts of land.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Well, Jaws did, enough to help save the day.
  • Girl Next Door: By all appereances, she's an ordinary, nerdy young woman.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in two quite long braids.
  • Heroic Bystander: Her first thought when seeing Jaws' cable-car crash is to rush over and try to help.
  • Hollywood Homely: Downplayed, she's plain in comparison to the rest of the female cast (and most of it is composed by the supermodel-level women that make up the female half of Drax's group to repopulate the world), but still quite pretty. This also seems to be invoked in Jaws' Heel–Face Turn scene.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Jaws' Huge Guy.
  • Love at First Sight: She has an archetypical scene of this with Jaws, musical note and all.
  • Love Redeems: She is the key element in Jaws' Heel–Face Turn against Drax.
  • Meganekko: Wears huge glasses. Becomes more notorius when Jaws sees her standing beside the supermodel-level women of Drax's group and realizes she doesn't fit into his genetically perfect "master race."
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: For all the difficulty it causes her, the wreckage she finds Jaws pinned under might as well have been made of balsa wood.
  • Rescue Romance: Gender Flipped. She helps Jaws out of the wreckage of a cable-car when she first meets him. They fall in love with the first shared smile.
  • The Voiceless: She's never heard speaking, though we see her whispering to Jaws persuading him to help Bond and Holly undock their shuttle from the station.

     Corinne Dufour 

Corinne Dufour
"The Drax residence. Every stone brought from France. Cute, isn't it?"
Played by: Corinne Cléry

Drax's personal pilot and assistant.


"Tonight? I think you may find that a little difficult."
Played by: Emily Bolton

A MI6 intelligence operative of the "VH" station, stationed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She follows Bond after he arrives to the city and when he arrives at his hotel suite, Manuela is already there, where she presents herself as his Brazilian contact. She helps him investigate a large distribution company in Rio, subsidiary of Drax Industries.
  • Informed Ability: There's nothing that implies that she's not equal to Bond, being a fellow intelligence operative, and even looking unflappable when she first meets Bond... up until she meets Jaws. Granted, by then Jaws had already established himself as one of the most badass henchmen of the series, but Manuela straight up descends into being a Damsel in Distress.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: A variation; Manuela follows Bond after he arrives to Rio, and he smells something wrong once he notices it, before she presents herself at his suite as his Brazilian contact.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is the kind of person that can make sitting on a sofa sexy. Needless to say, Bond decides to kill some hours in Rio with her.
  • Punny Name: In some Latin American countries, "doing a Manuela" is an euphemism for A Date with Rosie Palms. It might be just a coincidence, but in a movie where another woman is named Holly Goodhead, it being intentional doesn't sound too far-fetched.
  • She's Got Legs: Her bottom open dress when first meeting Bond lovely showcases her legs.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time she's seen is after Bond saves her from Jaws and says that she should go somewhere safe, but there's no confirmation for it.

     Drax's Girls 

Drax's Girls
Played by: Françoise Gayat (Lady Victoria Devon), Catherine Serre (Countess Labinsky), Béatrice Libert (Mademoiselle Deladier), Chichinou Kaeppler (Signorina de Mateo), Anne Lonnberg (Museum Guide), Irka Bochenko (receptionist at Venini Glass), Christina Hui, Nicaise Jean-Louis, Melinda Maxwell

A group of "perfect" women who are tasked by Drax with repopulating the human race after he destroys all human life on Earth.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Their dresses are cut down to the top half of their stomachs.
  • The Beautiful Elite: They fit the bill, being incredibly beautiful and some of them seemingly having titles (Lady Victoria Devon and Countess Labinsky), but also, Drax' plan is to enforce this by destroying all human life on Earth so it can be repopulated it with only genetically perfect specimens that he selected.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: Enforced. Drax and them go to his space station to survive while humanity on Earth is wiped out with a nerve gas.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They appear as part of the people shown working out at Drax's estate at the beginning of the film, Lady Victoria Devon and Countess Labinsky appear when Hugo Drax meets Bond in his château for the first time, Mademoiselle Deladier and Signorina de Mateo during the pheasant hunt, and another two as a museum guide and the receptionist at the glass factory in Venice, all before all of them were revealed to be the same people intended by Drax to seed his "master race".
  • Dissonant Serenity: They watch Bond in a life-and-death struggle with a python with eerie calm, some of them with smiles on their faces.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Say what you want about Drax, but his master race doesn't discriminate by race. The fact that he has at least one black, Asian, and Ambiguously Brown woman among them is impressive - especially for 1979. Even more impressive that this also counts for the crew of his space station.
  • Fanservice Extra: In a film with some quite exotic Bond Girls (such as Corinne and Manuela), Drax's women put the icing on the (cheese)cake; but for once, they also become Chekhov's Gunwomen.
  • Master Race: They tick all the boxes except for the part that they don't proclaim neither that they're superior nor that they have interest in conquering the world, but that's because that's Drax's part.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: When Bond and Goodhead see that their space shuttle is carrying a cargo of women (and their male partners) who would repopulate the Earth after Drax's deadly spores killed everyone on the surface, Bond lampshades the similarities with the story of Noah, with the space station as the ark.
  • Traitor Shot: As Bond leaves Venini Glass, the camera lingers on the receptionist, and she has a devious look on her face.
  • The Voiceless: Out of all of them, the only ones heard speaking are the museum guide and the receptionist at the glass factory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They vanish from the narrative just before the attack on the space station. Whether any actually survive is never revealed. This is noticeable as the film takes pains to focus on that the women among them are the same ones Bond sees earlier at Drax' estate and in the glass factory in Venice, yet we never learn their fate.