!!The novel:
* CompleteMonster: Though his plan is smaller in scale than [[Film/{{Moonraker}} his film counterpart's]], Creator/IanFleming's original version of Sir Hugo Drax is no less vile. Born "Hugo von der Drache" in Germany and an avid fan of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Drax ran undercover missions against Britain for the Reich until he was mistakenly wounded by his own side and nursed back to health by the British. Stealing the identity of a MIA soldier with a similar name and feigning amnesia, Drax murdered the first rich man he could find after leaving the hospital for startup money and began plotting to avenge UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's defeat. Using his family's holdings in rare metals, Drax paid out of his own pocket to design the Moonraker, a state-of-the-art nuclear missile meant to defend Britain from the Russians, with Drax's philanthropy elevating him to a national hero. The only problem was, the missile was set to destroy London on its first test firing with a real atomic bomb. When Drax describes the intended death toll for this catastrophe to him, Bond (a hardened killer himself) is left almost catatonic. Other crimes include running a motorist off the road and over a cliff due to the mere possibility he might've been a spy, and having people tortured for information with welding torches. For Drax, the mere destruction of their greatest city was not enough; he made himself into the British people's greatest hero [[HopeCrusher just so their collective spirits would be crushed]] when the nuke hit.

!!The film:
* {{Asspull}}: The US military and Drax himself are able to launch fully-crewed and fully-fueled space shuttles into orbit in only a matter of hours. In truth, the space shuttle took an average six months of preparation before it could be launched, and even the most optimistic prospects for the program still called for several weeks of such work if multiple flights were to be worked into the span of a year.
** Equally egregious is Drax deploying an entire space station, larger than anything to have existed in reality without attracting the attention of the world below. Such a feat would have required perhaps ''dozens'' of launches in seeing all the components eventually assembled, and the station's radar jamming system certainly would not have covered for these. Further compounding this absurd scenario is no apparent interference caused by the station's orbit to the world's expansive network of telecommunications or anybody with a telescope taking note of it.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** What, pray tell, is such a gorgeous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oieAo5NiYjc title song]] doing attached to [[SoBadItsGood this movie?!]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYw69v0GIaA Space Laser Battle track]] is also epic, though the battle accompanying it?
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IKahbz75xo Flight into Space]]" is truly magnificent.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Jaws crashing into a circus tent.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Hugo Drax]] is a cold, snobbish, understated [[CorruptCorporateExecutive executive]] who wishes to [[KillAllHumans exterminate the human race]], except for those he considers "[[MasterRace superior beings]]". To this end, Drax captures men and women whom he sees as physically perfect, planning to keep these people in his giant space station while he covers the earth in a [[DeadlyGas rare toxin that will kill every human being on earth]]. When one of his Moonraker space shuttles is hijacked, Bond is sent to investigate. Fearing that Bond will discover his plans, Drax sends his assassins to kill him, not doing the job himself because [[ForTheEvulz he wants Bond's death]] to [[ItAmusedMe amuse him]]. When he discovers that his personal pilot, Corrine Dufour, helped Bond uncover his plan, he fires her, then [[FedToTheBeast sends his dogs out to rip her apart]]. After he tells Bond his plan, he traps him and one of his scientists, Dr. Holly Goodhead, under one of his rockets, planning on burning the both of them. When he discovers Bond and Goodhead on his space station, he threatens to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock shoot them both out the airlock]]. When Bond corners him after his plans are failing, Drax finds a gun and threatens to shoot him, knowing that he'll at least "have the pleasure of putting [Bond] out of my misery". Drax is a [[KnightOfCerebus chilling, dark villain]] who [[VileVillainSaccharineShow stands out in such a campy, silly movie]].
* CriticalDissonance[=/=]CriticProof: This movie is widely regarded as one of the worst Bond movies, if not ''the'' worst, but it was the highest grossing film in the franchise until ''Film/GoldenEye'' was released. In fact, ''Moonraker'' tends to receive worse reviews ''now'' than it did at release, where some critics accustomed to the sci-fi craze marked it highly - ''The New York Times'' even called it the equal of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''!
* CriticalResearchFailure: Bond is placed in a centrifuge that can test the durability of potential astronauts against a g-force of up to twenty gs, which Dr. Goodhead remarks would be fatal. In actuality, Air Force Colonel John Stapp had set the record for a human's sustainability against g-forces of up to 46 gs in ''1954'', twenty-five years before ''Moonraker'' was released.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the actors considered for Drax was James Mason. Had he taken the role, it would be just like playing [[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]] again, only IN SPACE AND WITH BOND!
** A space-themed adventure in an otherwise non-sci-fi series featuring a guy named [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxy Drax.]] [[Film/GuardiansoftheGalaxyvol2 Hmmm...]]
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: This movie's gotten a lot of criticism for essentially being a rehash of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
* MagnificentBastard: Drax redecorating a gas filled laboratory and turning it into a beautiful Venetian lounge in less than a day, then waiting for Bond, M and the Minister of Defence to show up with gas masks ''just'' so he can see the look on Bond's face, just plain reeks of this trope.
* {{Narm}}:
** Jaws ''falling in love''.
** The entire gondola scene, particularly the moment Bond drives it upon land through a gawking crowd of onlookers.
** Bond's miniature camera is emblazoned with "007" around the lenses.
** For some, "Dr. Goodhead" certainly qualifies.
** As spectacular a sequence as it otherwise is, Jaws crashing into a circus tent at the end of his fall serves as a serious case of MoodWhiplash.
** The entire concept of James Bond going into outer space; even if most agree it serves as one of the better parts of the film.
* TheScrappy: Holly Goodhead isn't as actively despised as some of the Bond Girls who would come after her, but she's often considered the dullest, least interesting Bond Girl in the entire series. A common criticism is that she has virtually no impact on the plot after her abduction in Rio, other than providing someone for Bond to exposit to and then make out with at the end, whereas even the more widely hated Bond Girls at least did ''something'' in the climaxes of their respective films. Made worse by the fact that her book counterpart is Gala Brand, one of the few great women characters that Fleming wrote.
* {{Sequelitis}}: Some consider it one of the worst Bond films, in which case it certainly qualifies.
* SoBadItsGood: For all the problems this film has, even the ones who think it's awful acknowledge it certainly isn't boring.
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** Bluescreening for Jaws jumping between the cable cars.
** Don't forget the ''ludicrously'' fake snake Roger Moore wrestles.
** The US shuttle sent to intercept Drax's station is shown in one shot to be far too small for the multiple platoons of marines deployed into battle.
** ''The doubletaking pigeon''. Also qualifies at StockFootageFailure.
** We have a shot of Moonraker 6 on approach to the station, then docks, then a few seconds later we have a view of the station and the shuttle is not docked again from a recycled shot.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Considering how campy the movie is, one might expect Creator/MichaelLonsdale to ham it up. But he doesn't, instead giving a subdued, chilling performance as main villain Hugo Drax.
* ToughActToFollow: As if this movie's flaws weren't enough, it's coming on the heels of what's considered one of best of the Moore era, if not ''the'' best, and certainly one of the best in the series.
* VillainDecay: Jaws, who was an unstoppable murder-machine in the ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', while already being treated as a comic relief in that film due to DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength and his [[MadeOfIron ridiculous ability to survive]]; falls in love here and even pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end. In the love interest part at least, the writers were reluctant to give Jaws a love interest in this film (or at least, a love interest like Dolly), but Richard Kiel fought for it. When people said it was silly that Jaws would have such a diminutive girlfriend, he retorted that [[RealityIsUnrealistic his own wife was exactly the same height]].
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** Now ''that'' is a space station. Incidentally, it was the last set built for the Bond films by Ken Adam, who was production designer since ''Film/DrNo'', and boy, did he leave on a high note.
** All the shots of the astronauts floating in zero-g. This film is the record holder for the largest number of invisible hanging wires to be used in a single scene.
** The laser battle aboard the space station. Not quite up there with ''Film/StarWars'' but it still makes for an impressive climax.
** The opening sky-diving scene. Keep in mind that this was pre-CGI. It took some 70 jumps to accomplish, and it still looks great nearly forty years later.
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