Trivia / Moonraker

  • California Doubling: France doubles for California.
  • Creator Backlash: While certainly not the film of which he's most ashamed, Roger Moore has often made fun of himself and this movie for the absurdity of the plot.
  • The Danza: Corrine Clery as Corrine Dufour.
  • Fake Nationality: Chang: Chinese character, Japanese actor.
  • Follow the Leader: Moonraker was made when it was because of the success of Star Wars.
  • Fountain of Expies: Jaws tends to be one one of the most referenced James Bond henchmen in media, alogside maybe Oddjob from Goldfinger.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The film is so unrelated to the novel that it received a Novelization.
  • Recycled Script: The film is very much a rehash of The Spy Who Loved Me, only IN SPACE! instead of underwater. Several scenes and plot beats, including the villain's Evil Plan, are pretty much the same.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Before he orders her and Bond to be executed, Drax tells Holly "Your desire to become America's first woman in space will shortly be fulfilled", which points itself to pre-1983, when Sally Ride became the first female American astronaut (the first ever female astronaut was Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union in 1963). Let's just forget that Holly had actually gotten into space already by that point.
    • An inversion (though only at the time of its release): at the time Moonraker was made, NASA was intending to launch its first space shuttle in 1979, which would have made the film very timely. Unfortunately, NASA had to delay the launch for two years, rendering the film unexpectedly something that was before its time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • James Mason was considered for the part of Drax, but turned it down. Michael Lonsdale was likely selected due to the movie's French financing (and he does sound somewhat like Mason).
    • Carole Bouquet was slated to play Holly Goodhead before she had to turn it down, only to play the Bond girl in the next film, For Your Eyes Only.
    • Jaclyn Smith was offered the role of Holly Goodhead, but she turned it down.
    • Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra were asked to sing the title song, but they declined. Johnny Mathis was attached, but dropped out.
    • The woman with General Gogol was originally supposed to be Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me.
    • The crew had shot a scene with Drax meeting his co-financiers in his jungle lair and they used the same chamber room below the space shuttle launch pad that Bond and Goodhead eventually escape from. This scene was shot but later cut out. Another scene involving Bond and Goodhead in a meditation room aboard Drax's space station, was shot but never used in the final film.
    • The original script contained scenes that ended up in future Bond films - an Arcostar Minijet, knife throwing twins (Film/Octopussy) and a parachute jump from The Eiffel Tower (A View to a Kill).
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