Trivia / Moonraker

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Visual example: Several Bond fans remember Dolly having braces, to coordinate with Jaws' metal teeth. Some even claim that Digital Destruction erased the braces from more recent Moonraker prints, although Dolly's actress denies the character ever wearing any. One possible explanation for this misconception involves the oldest VHS having a bit of static appear over Dolly's lips, which might have resembled braces.
  • California Doubling: Weird inversion: Bond is flown to Drax's base in California (aerial plates shot in the US) and lands on a castle which "Drax ordered to be brought from France" (shot at an actual castle, Vaux-le-Vicomte, in France, of course).
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Moonrocket (Finland)
    • 007 Against The Death Rocket (Brazil & Portugal)
    • Moonraker: Operation Space (Italy, Croatia)
    • Moonraker: Top Secret (Germany)
    • Moonraker: Space Mission (Latin America)
    • 007 Seizes The Space Station (China)
  • Creator Backlash: While certainly not the Bond film of which he's most ashamed (that would be A View to a Kill), Roger Moore has often made fun of himself and this movie for the absurdity of the plot.
  • Deleted Scene: 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 Danza: Corinne Clery as Corinne Dufour.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • The Chinese Chang is played by Japanese actor Toshirō Suga.
    • The Brazilian Manuela is played by Aruban-Dutch actress Emily Bolton.
  • Follow the Leader: The film was was made during the space science-fiction craze that was kicked off by 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.
  • The Other Marty: Brazilian actress Adele Fátima was cast as Manuela, and she shot some minor scenes with Roger Moore around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro. She was later recast by Emily Bolton, with her own scenes deleted from the final cut.
  • Production Nickname: Roger Moore nicknamed his gondola the "Bondola".
  • Reality Subtext: Roger Moore's distaste at the quail hunting scene is quite genuine. In his autobiography, Moore expresses an extreme dislike for bloodsports and a reticence about guns.
  • 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.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The fight in the glass factory was originally meant for The Spy Who Loved Me, where it was a fight in a museum.
  • 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.
    • 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. Even more so now that the Space Shuttle has been retired as of 2011; in this film it is headlined and touted as the pinnacle of human spaceflight, with none of its viable replacements yet ready to succeed it.
  • 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.
    • Sylvia Kristel reportedly auditioned for the role of Corinne Dufour.
    • Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra were asked to sing the title song, but they declined. Johnny Mathis was attached, but dropped out. Sinatra was also offered the role of Drax.
    • The woman with General Gogol was originally supposed to be Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me.
    • The original script contained scenes that ended up in future Bond films - an Arcostar Minijet, knife throwing twins (Octopussy) and a parachute jump from The Eiffel Tower (A View to a Kill).
    • Early script and storyboards for the movie reveal another character who was ultimately dropped from the picture, a sidekick villain henchman called Ratz, who was involved in the cable car sequence with Jaws.
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