Even though the film contains some of the most ludicrous moments in the entire series, it also has some jarring Mood Whiplash to make up for it. The novel is no slouch either.
- Jaws' carnival mask might qualify all by itself, even if he weren't stalking slowly down a dark alley towards his victim while wearing it, and he would have killed his victim if not for the accidental intervention of the oblivious carnival-goers twice.
- When it first appears, it's a tad unsettling but goes along well as an innocuous party mask. But then Bond and Manuela make their way out of the festivities...and the mask, while still in the background, looks directly at the camera.
- The centrifuge scene, partly because it's one of the few scenes in the films where Bond looks authentically and absolutely terrified.
- For added flavor, there's some O.O.C. Is Serious Business mixed in; after Bond uses the wrist dart launcher to shut down the centrifuge, he is so frazzled that he doesn't even fire off one of the one-liners that defined the Moore Era.
- Drax sending his rottweilers to rip apart Corinne as she desperately tries to run through the forest, a grisly scene that still shocks to this day. The dissonance of the hauntingly beautiful music and equally lovely forest scenery doesn't help.
- An added bit of Fridge Horror to this scene is the fact that Bond likely was never aware of the fact that his smoking information out of her is what would get her killed, and made no effort to whisk her away before she could come to harm at Drax's hands.
- The deaths of the scientists who accidentally knock over a vial of nerve gas is horrifying, especially the music during that scene. The scene building up to it is tense as well, with no background music while Bond sneaks into the lab.
- And who put the vial on the thing the scientists were moving? Bond. That's right, the guy who protested kicking Locque's car off a cliff in cold blood in the next movie was A-Ok with killing these guys in an even worse manner in this one.
- It's doubtful that Bond's A-Ok with it: he does look disturbed when witnessing the scientists die. It's not like he had any idea the liquid in the vial would turn into deadly gas when exposed to air. Further, there was nothing he could do to save them.
- Later, Chang bursts out at Bond so suddenly even he is taken aback, but the fight quickly turns to Bond's favor.
- And Bond still had a vial of the gas in his shirt pocket. Suppose it had been broken during the fight...
- The astronaut / space soldiers on both sides that got their navigation equipments destroyed and drifted into space, screaming!
- The terrifying Nightmare Sequence that Gala has when she realizes that Drax is going to drop a live atomic warhead right in the middle of London:
Through the ceiling, through this chair, into the ground. The thin needle of the rocket. Dropping fast as light out of a clear sky. The crowds in the streets. The Palace. The nursemaids in the park. The birds in the trees. The great bloom of flame a mile wide. Then the mushroom cloud. And nothing left. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
- Drax proves how evil he is by casually ramming a passing Alfa Romeo off the road when it passes his car, with Bond watching in horror as the driver is hurled into the air while his car comes to a fiery end. Even worse, the driver's a 19-year-old RAF pilot who was only taking his customized car out for a ride.
- Drax's New Era Speech to the British public is deeply, deeply unsettling and fitting for a former Nazi.
- The news commentary turning into an Apocalyptic Log near the end, as the Moonraker smacks into Drax's escaping submarine, with the reporter screaming in terror before he gets killed by the resulting tidal waves.
Oh god. OH GOD-