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"James Bond. You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season."
Hugo Drax

The One where Bond gets launched INTO SPACE.

Moonraker is the eleventh James Bond film, and the fourth starring Roger Moore. Bond is sent to investigate Drax Industries after one of their shuttles is hijacked in mid-transit. Turns out it's all part of an Evil Plan by billionaire Sir Hugo Drax who, like Blofeld and Stromberg before him, is tired of sharing the world with all those riffraff. To remedy this, Drax plans to exterminate the world population and replace it with "ideal" supermodel specimens. So much for champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

The movie was blatantly made to cash in on the science fiction craze that Star Wars had started.note  Jaws returns as the only henchman to make a second appearance in the series, but his role was changed from "vicious killer" to "Wile E Coyote". Despite this, it was the highest-grossing Bond film until 1995's GoldenEye.note  Critical reception was more mixed - those who liked it tended to love it, those who disliked it tended to hate it. It has a similar reputation among fans; either it's Moore-era camp done right or an execrable mutilation of everything Bond.


Still, the laser gun shown in the film and its Infinite Ammo can come in handy when you unlock it as a cheat in the N64 game GoldenEye (in which the Aztec bonus level is based on this film).

Notable for being the final Bond film to feature Bernard Lee as M; he died before production started on For Your Eyes Only. This was also the last Bond film with sets by production designer Ken Adam.

Not to be confused with the Michael Jackson film, Moonwalker, or the 2015 film, Moonwalkers.


This film contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: On the Space Clothes worn by The Beautiful Elite.
  • Action Girl: Dr. Goodhead, although for a CIA agent with proper spy equipment, she sure doesn't get a lot of action (pun not quite intended) until the finale.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The only things the film shares with the novel on which it was based are its title and the name of the villain, although the Nazi-inspired element of Drax's motivation in the novel was indirectly preserved with the "master race" theme of the film's plot.
  • Adult Fear: Anyone who's afraid of dogs—even if you love dogs—probably got chills at the fate of poor Corrinne.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Rather implausibly used for an Outrun the Fireball scene.
  • America Saves the Day: The NASA forces who provide the Big Damn Heroes backup for Bond and Dr. Goodhead during the assault on Drax's space station.
  • Animal Assassin: Drax sets his dogs on Corinne after discovering that she's been helping Bond and later uses a snake to try and kill Bond.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: A pigeon has a Double Take while Bond is driving his gondola through St Mark's Square. Likewise, a dog gets an exasperated expression for the same scene.
  • Arm Cannon: This is the only film where Bond doesn't use a Walther pistol of any kind. Instead, he makes use of a concealed wrist mounted dartgun that fires armour piercing and cyanide tipped darts.
  • Artistic License – Engineering:
    • Space shuttles cannot be crewed and prepared in a moment's notice as is shown onscreen, as such flights took months to prepare on average.
    • When Drax's henchmen are being deployed to fight the Marines, they appear to be walking right through the airlock instead of waiting for it to decompress.
  • Artistic License – Geography: A chase scene down the Amazon, over Iguazu falls somehow ending up in a Mayan temple. Bond appears to have travelled several thousand miles and crossed into another hemisphere during this unspecified interval of time.
  • Apocalypse How: Lethal spores that will eliminate all human beings on Earth.
  • Balls of Steel: Bond knees Jaws in the groin while fighting him in the space station. There's a "clang" sound when he does so.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Drax' Evil Plan is to destroy all human life on Earth so it can be repopulated it with only genetically perfect specimens that he selected.
  • Body Horror: Implied when we see a laser gun in Q's lab being used to melt a mannequin's head; later, we see the same type of weapon being used to shoot people on Drax's space station.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • At Drax's mansion, a sniper hides in the trees, ready to take the shot at Bond, while he's taking a shot at pheasants.
    Drax: You missed, Mr. Bond.
    [the sniper falls out of the tree, dead]
    Bond: Did I? As you said, such good sport.
    • Also after killing Chang: "Play it again, Sam."
    • Drax himself receives three from Bond:
    Drax: Desolated, Mr. Bond?
    Bond: (shoots Drax with his dart-launcher) Heartbroken, Mr. Drax.

    Bond: Take a giant step for mankind. (ejects Drax from the airlock)

    Holly: Where's Drax?
    Bond: Oh, he had to fly.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Willingly invoked by Drax, who keeps going out of his way to try and eliminate Bond in the most impractical means from their very first meeting. "Stupidity" in the sense that, originally, Bond wasn't even there to investigate Drax and all the murder attempts just made him suspicious. The first couple of attempts were suitably convoluted. Afterwards, he had no problem sending entire kill squads to assassinate Bond in public - which are just as doomed to fail, of course. His explicit justification for not simply having Bond shot is For the Evulz; he wanted Bond's death to be "amusing". Most people he has murdered in the movie actually die quite nasty deaths, especially Corrine, so this is pretty in-character.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Drax brags about his plan to create a master race where all people are physically perfect right in front of Jaws (who is freakishly tall, and in love with a short girl with glasses), and then snaps at him.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: The whole point of Drax's plot, with him and his master race set to be the only humans left alive after the rest of them on the planet are eradicated.
  • Cable-Car Action Sequence: A fight between Jaws and Bond happens aboard the gondola leading to Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The Capital of Brazil Is Buenos Aires: Just for starters, the movie depicts the Amazon as terminating in a waterfall. The location depicted, Iguazu Falls, is nowhere near the Amazon. In fact, the falls aren't even in the Amazon watershed (they ultimately drain into the Río de la Plata, which divides Argentina and Uruguay).
  • Captain Obvious: Bond almost falls off the roof of the cable car.
    Goodhead: Hang on, James!
    Bond: The thought had occurred to me!
  • Centrifugal Farce: While on a tour on Drax' aerospace facility, James Bond is put in such a machine by Holly Goodhead and given a spin. While he's undergoing this Holly is called away and Drax's henchman Chang took over, turning the dial up and subjecting Bond to multiple gravities of force. Just before falling unconscious, Bond used one of his gadgets to shoot the control panel and turn the machine off. Of course, there is absolutely no reason for the centrifuge to be able to go fast enough to kill people.
  • Chain Pain: Chang fighting Bond in the clock tower, then later Bond fighting Jaws on top of the cable car.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Three of them. The wrist-activated dart gun Bond uses to escape the gravity trainer and shoot Drax, Dr. Goodhead's "poison pen" Bond takes in Venice and later uses to kill the python in the jungle, and the laser rifle being tested by Q that's later used by the U.S. Marines attacking Drax's orbiting space station.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The people shown working out at Drax's estate at the beginning of the film, and at the glass factory in Venice, are later revealed to be the same people intended by Drax to seed his "master race".
    • Bond and Manuela walk past several giant masked figures while winding their way through a carnival parade. One of them turns out to be Jaws.
  • Chummy Commies: General Gogol's conversation with an American General counterpart is fairly benign.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: During the gondola chase scene, a snogging couple continues to make out even as their gondola is cut in half and the portion with the gondolier sinks (and their half will very likely eventually sink also).
  • Collapsing Lair: Drax's space station, due to battle damage.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The space marines wear white, while Drax's mooks wear yellow. Justified given the environment they're fighting in, where distinguishing between friend and foe is absolutely crucial and stealth is meaningless.
  • Cool Boat: Two, no less. The tricked-out hydrofoil/gondola/car thingy in Venice, and the awesome speedboat (equipped with torpedoes, mines, bullet shield and hang glider no less) used by Bond to explore the Amazon Basin.
  • Covers Always Lie: The film's posters feature Bond in a white space suit (and so did some promotional shots). He never wears one such in the film.
  • Credits Gag: The closing credits says "Shot on Location, Italy, Brazil, Guatemala, U.S.A and Outer Space!" (the exclamation mark is actually in the credits).
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting ripped apart by dobermans certainly qualifies.
  • Cute Mute: Dolly doesn't seem to talk any more than Jaws does.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Drax gets many amusing quips throughout the film. For instance, as Bond attempts to lead M and Gray to Drax's lab as described in It Was Here, I Swear!:
    Drax: You must excuse me, gentlemen. Not being English, I sometimes find your sense of humor rather difficult to follow.
    • Bond, of course, is a master at this.
    Bond: (about Q's cyanide-tipped darts) Very novel, Q. Must get them in the stores for Christmas.
    • Goodhead too, especially when she first meets Bond.
    Bond: Where did you learn to fight like that? NASA?
    Goodhead: No, Vassar.
  • Death by Sex: Drax' secretary Corrine Dufour is seduced by Bond and is tricked into telling him where Drax's safe is. Diabolical Mastermind Drax later uses his dogs to kill her for her treachery.
  • Destroy the Product Placement: Happens twice, in two back-to-back scenes. A cable car station is clearly adorned with a huge banner for 7-Up. After Jaws fails to kill Bond, his car not only does ram through the station, but it also clearly damages the 7-Up signs in front, as seen here After that, Bond and Goodhead are captured by henchmen dressed as paramedics, but Bond escapes a fight in the ambulance; Bond and an enemy henchman fall out of the back on a gurney and roll down a hill. Bond falls off, the henchman continues down and eventually hits and is stuck in a billboard for British Airways, causing some damage.
  • Disney Villain Death: Chang, by falling into and becoming impaled upon a piano.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • Drax's master race candidates watch Bond in a life-and-death struggle with a python with smiles on their faces, showing they're just as evil as he is.
    • Corrine's vicious death takes place in a beautiful, sunlit forest.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • A couple snogging don't even notice when a speedboat with machine gun-toting mooks cuts their gondola in half.
    • Drax has time to evacuate his Italian biolab because Bond spends the night bonking Goodhead.
    • Goodhead smiles at a mook guarding the prisoners in the ambulance while Bond slips his bonds.
    • General Gogol gripes that he can't sleep because of his job. Problems, problems, problems! Then we see there's a beautiful blonde in his bed. Go go Gogol!
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Jaws tries to pull the ripcord on his parachute... it comes off in his hand. Later on he's chasing Bond in a speedboat, realises he's heading for an Inevitable Waterfall and tries to jerk the steering wheel to the side; it also comes off in his hand.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Bond and Dr. Goodhead dress up in the same yellow jumpsuits that Drax's crew wears.
  • Dull Surprise: Dr. Goodhead on numerous occasions, including when the shuttle they are riding is at risk of burning up on reentry.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Drax's launch facility in the Amazon jungle. Where the water table is generally within no more than a few tens of feet from the surface at the very most, and in many places less than ten feet.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Say about Drax what you want, but he doesn't discriminate by gender or race. The number of women and non-whites in his ranks is impressive - especially for 1979. Even more impressive that this also counts for the crew of his space station.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Jaws changes sides primarily to protect his girlfriend.
    • We see two of Drax's "new order" kissing as they head to the station.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Although the point of most Bond films is the actions by 007 to avoid death, this film takes this trope Up to Eleven. In every locale and virtually every scene something or someone is trying to kill him.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Hugo Drax, who altered spores that caused sterility to make them lethal.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Bond on the quail hunt. This scene is the only time Bond fires a firearm in the entire film.
  • Exact Words:
    Hugo Drax: And you, Dr Goodhead, your desire to become America's first woman in space will shortly be fulfilled.
  • Expy:
    • Drax is basically Stromberg from The Spy Who Loved Me, complete with his own private army and plans for destroying the world and creating a new one from the ashes. Like Stromberg, Drax is also an expy of Blofeld and his game plan involving biological gents is similar in concept to Blofeld's in the original novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Failsafe Failure: The "chicken switch" on the centrifuge. Justified in that we see Chang unplug it before he turns the centrifuge on.
  • Fed to the Beast:
    • Drax sends his dobermans to kill poor Corinne once he learns that she assisted Bond in finding his blueprints.
    • Bond falls into a pool when a man-eating python slithers in. After Bond kills the snake, Drax is disappointed that he wouldn't succumb to "an amusing death".
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: Drax's Sexy Secretary Corrinne is set upon by his dogs after he discovers her treachery. As they leap on her and knock her to the ground, we hear the solemn tolling of a church bell (though this is technically because the next scene is set in Venice, it is clearly meant to symbolize her death).
  • Free-Fall Fight: Bond has to fight two mooks in mid-air in the Action Prologue, one of which is Jaws.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: They're noticeably faster than many other fictional lasers, and they have no apparent recoil, but they are also noisy, very bright, and don't leave any visible wounds on those they kill during the battle on the space station.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • "I think he's attempting re-entry, sir!"
    • And how. "Take me around the world one more time..."
    • As well as naming a character Holly Goodhead. Somewhere between Pussy Galore and Mary Goodnight in the perverted name category. Unlike those two examples, who are characters in the Ian Fleming novels, Holly's name is original to this film, so you can't blame the long-dead Fleming for this one.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Corrine's death, in which the camera pulls away and pans upward to the sky as Drax's vicious dogs pounce on her.
  • Groin Attack: Bond does one to Jaws in the space station. He has balls of STEEL!. Which is a little worrying, seeing as he gets hitched. Or perhaps he anticipated that might happen...
  • Hand Signals: While the two scientists in Drax's laboratory are preparing the lethal nerve gas containers, one makes a "come here" gesture to the other.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jaws and Dolly. There was some concern about audiences accepting the height difference until Richard Kiel pointed out his Real Life wife is the same height.
  • Hunting "Accident": Drax tries to arrange this for Bond, but the assassin gets shot by Bond instead.
  • Improvised Zip Line: Bond and Holly Goodhead use a chain to slide down a cable car cable.
  • In Name Only: There's really only two things that Moonraker shares with the novel on which it was based: Its title and the name of the villain. Even the Hugo Drax of the movie is portrayed quite differently from the Hugo Drax of the novel. When the movie came out, they made a whole new novelization (James Bond and Moonraker) based on its plot.
  • Irony: While Bond is driving a gondola in Venice, a hearse ship with a laid-out coffin floats by. Suddenly, an assassin rises from the coffin, and tries to hit Bond with a couple of throwing knifes. But Bond swiftly manages to kill the assassin on the spot, causing his body to sink back into his coffin. The only time a minor Bond-villain gets a proper funeral.
  • Just Plane Wrong: During the sequence in which a space shuttle blasts off from the aircraft carrying it. The shuttle is never carried with fuel or live batteries, due to weight considerations and the obvious danger of strapping a live rocket to a plane. Even if Drax used Offscreen Villain Dark Matter to acquire a superplane able to lift the load and ignored the safety concerns, without its external fuel tank the shuttle is basically a rocket-steered glider: The shuttle's main engines are shut off once the external tank is emptied, and the OSM engines powered by the internal tank take over. These smaller engines are intended only for orbital adjustments and initiating re-entry using carefully timed burns - effective and efficient in a vacuum, but nearly useless in atmosphere.
  • Made of Iron: Continuing the trend started in the previous movie, Jaws survives a fall from an airplane in the cold-open (he falls through a circus tent and lands in the trapeze artists' safety net, which would still have killed him). Then, he emerges unscathed from a cable car that crashes through a wall (and shortly before that, he bites through a thick cable, the story ignoring the fact that the inside of his mouth is made from soft skin that would not like the jagged bits of metal fraying as he bit), falls over Iguazu Falls without suffering any injury, and, in the climactic scene, the dialogue implies that he and his girlfriend survive falling from low-Earth orbit in a part of the space station that breaks off and is shown zooming away. By the end, Bond acknowledges Jaws' invulnerability, reassuring Dr. Goodhead that "it's only a hundred miles to Earth" and therefore Jaws will be fine (though he actually survives by hitching a ride with the Marines in their shuttle).
  • Meet the New Boss: Drax is very similar to Stromberg from The Spy Who Loved Me. There are a few differences, and he's arguably a lot more sinister and dangerous. Stromberg is more or less an Orcus on His Throne, mostly just sitting around Atlantis all day, pressing buttons when he wants something done (or someone killed), and leaving Bond's fate mostly up to his minions. Drax does a lot more globetrotting, comes up with amusing deaths for Bond and others who have displeased him. Plus his plan is more evil, since at least Stromberg didn't try and select which members of the human race he was going to spare. Drax is far more egomanical, ruthless and controlling, a much more evil bastard.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Disappearance of a space shuttle -> a plot to kill all humans on Earth.
  • Monster Clown: When Jaws stalks Manuela in a dark alley during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, he is dressed as a giant clown.
  • Mood Whiplash: As pointed out in the James Bond Encyclopedia, the scene where Corrine is pursued and attacked by Drax's dobermans is genuinely chilling, and stands out from the outlandishness of the rest of the film.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Bond and Dr. Goodhead knock out two of Drax's employees and put on their yellow jumpsuits.
  • Never Learned to Read: Corrinne claims this while Bond is trying to seduce her. It's not clear if she's serious or just flirting with him.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: Drax created his space station to hold the humans who would repopulate the Earth after the deadly spores killed everyone on the surface. Bond lampshades the story by quoting "And the animals came in two by two." and specifically mentioning Noah's Ark when the two leads see that their space shuttle is carrying a cargo of men and women.
  • No Gravity for You: Bond disables the station's gravity so that the approaching space shuttle loaded with U.S. Marines can't be attacked and Bond and his allies can escape. The scene is truly impressive when you bear in mind this was filmed pre-CGI.
  • No More for Me:
    • While Bond is driving his gondola on the street of Venice, one onlooker suspiciously inspects his bottle of wine.
    • A bit earlier, a heavily-coughing smoker sees the coffin floating in front of him and throws away his cigarette, clearly viewing it as an omen.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Before Drax is revealed as a villain, he invites Bond to tea.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: During the opening aerial fight scene, the stuntman playing Jaws looks nothing like Richard Kiel.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Bond's usual reaction upon seeing that Jaws is after him again.
    • Jaws himself gets one when he pulls the ripcord to his parachute and it comes off in his hand. He gets another one later when he sees his cable car is about to crash.
    • Bond when he sees that an enormous, man-eating python has just entered the same pool he's in.
  • The One with...: The one in outer space!
  • Operation: [Blank]: Drax's plan to wipe out mankind is called "Operation Orchid."
  • Outrun the Fireball: While crawling through an air vent.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Dolly might be tiny, but she has no trouble lifting the heavy cable-car wheel that Jaws is pinned under.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Take a giant step for mankind."
  • Priceless Ming Vase: The glass art objects in the fight between Bond and Chang in the museum.
  • Product Placement:
    • Yes, we all know that all James Bond movies have it, but this one goes a little nuts with the 7-Up billboards.
    • A British Airways billboard is prominently featured.
    • Lampshaded and inverted when Bond suggests Q put one of his deadly gadgets into the stores for Christmas.
  • Put Their Heads Together: In the final act, Jaws does this with two underlings when pulling his Mook–Face Turn.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic:
    • One of the most criticised aspects of the movie was how easy it was for the United States to launch a space shuttle with only a few hours notice. Except that this was during the height of the space race, and NASA was expected to have at least one orbital space mission a month. Thus, depending on how close they were to the next launch, its quite possible that a shuttle was indeed prepped enough to pull this off. In short, Moonraker assumed NASA's plans for the (then near-future) space shuttle were accurate. They weren't, but the filmmakers couldn't have known that.
    • In universe, shuttles are being produced at least as readily as low-volume aircraft are. The one that's stolen was stolen because Drax had problems with one of his own, and couldn't reduce the fleet needed for his plan, so he stole back one he'd already sent for delivery. It follows that NASA is doing a lot more launches than in real life. The presence of space-borne combat troops ready to go on short notice is a bit harder to accept.
  • Recycled In Space:
    • Literally. In the previous movie, James Bond works with a female foreign secret agent to stop a Corrupt Corporate Executive (who eliminates a female subordinate by dropping her in a Shark Pool) from destroying the world and creating a new empire in the ocean. In this movie, James Bond works with a female foreign secret agent to stop a Corrupt Corporate Executive (who eliminates a female subordinate by getting her fed to his dobermanns, but also has a Python Pool) from destroying the world and creating a new empire in space. Yes, Moonraker in plot is blatantly copied from The Spy Who Loved Me. Yet the latter film is considered one of the best in the series and of the Moore era, while this one is mostly reviled.
    • And annoyingly enough, both steal from You Only Live Twice, where James Bond works with a female foreign secret agent (Japan, this time) to stop Ernst Stavro Blofeld (who eliminates a female subordinate by dropping her in a Piranha Pool) from causing World War III (i.e. destroying the world) so that another global power can take over. All three plots involve stealing exotic government vehicles of some kind. All three were directed by the same dude, Lewis Gilbert.note  All three end with Bond and the girl being "interrupted" by their superiors as well. Gilbert admits this in the The Spy Who Loved Me DVD "making of" featurette.
    • Also borrows from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which Blofeld's plot was to decimate the world using a biological warfare agent and included a bevy of beautiful women.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: Bond wasn't interested in Drax until he started trying to have him killed.
  • Royal Rapier: During Bond’s fight with Chang in Venice, Bond briefly uses a rapier to cut Chang’s bokken in half.
  • Rule of Three: Three globes are ejected and have to be destroyed by Bond and Goodhead in a laser-armed shuttle. Naturally the first two are destroyed easily while the last presents all kinds of problems like the laser malfunctioning, requiring him to make three attempts to destroy it.
  • Running Gag: Victor Tourjansky as the "man with the bottle" in St. Mark's Square who does a double take on seeing Bond drive by in a gondola. in the previous film he was the man on the beach who does a Double Take seeing Bond's Lotus drive out of the water.
  • Safecracking: Bond opens the safe in Drax's headquarters with an X-ray device.
  • Same Language Dub: French actress Corinne Clery, known for Just Jaeckin's The Story of O, was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl, in what was her last dubbing job for any film, as well as for any Bond film.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Bond tells Moneypenny he's late because he fell out of an airplane, then gets miffed when she laughs. The next time he meets her, Bond starts to tell how he fell off a mountain in a cable car, then gives up at her "Yeah right!" look.
  • Scenery Porn: In addition to natural beauties/cities, there's the space station.
  • Schmuck Bait: A beautiful blonde beckons Bond across a bridge in Drax's Amazon base. No doubt thinking of his experience in You Only Live Twice, Bond gives her a "Yeah right" look and walks around the side of the pool, only to be flipped into it by a tilting rock.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: M is forced by Frederick Gray to take Bond off the case after they're both humiliated by entering the supposed laboratory, now Drax's study, wearing gas masks. However, Bond is able to produce the gas vial he recovered from the lab, showing that he was right. M decides to grant him a "leave of absence" so that he can pursue the lead in Rio.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Novelization only - in stark contrast to the Love Redeems angle of Jaws' defection in the movie, it's portrayed as Jaws abandoning Drax after realising that a "freakish mutate" like himself would have no place in Drax's Nazism-inspired "genetically perfect world". Likewise, though he does take a woman with him, Bond cynically notes that it's most likely a scientist who realised that Jaws wasn't Too Dumb to Live and who played on her beauty to make him take her with him.
  • Sequel Escalation: How can you top a madman stealing SSBNs to start World War III? A genocidal madman IN SPACE! To date, the films never escalate to this scale again. Instead they have escalated in amount of action sequences, or their Refuge in Audacity (see previous film and the ski jump), or more recently with Brosnan's run, the exception of Carver, ever more physically powerful villains such as Renard and Graves. The Daniel Craig run appears to be flipping it back the other way once again.
  • Sexy Stewardess: Unfortunately she turns out to be a Femme Fatale.
  • Shark Pool: only this one contains a reticulated python.
  • Shoe Phone: Bond uses four gadgets across the movie. One he was issued by Q, one he borrowed from Holly, and two that came out of nowhere with no explanation.
  • Shot in the Ass: M gets annoyed when Bond test-fires his wrist dart gun into a picture on his wall, specifically the horses' ass.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sic 'em: "Look after Mr Bond. See that some harm comes to him." Not to mention poor Corrine...
  • Sigil Spam: "007" is on the miniature camera Bond uses to photograph documents, with the lens in the middle "O".
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: Somewhere in the middle. It has the grimmest villain, but the most funny (and at times, cutesy) moments.
  • The Social Darwinist: Drax.
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: The famous Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme, no less.
  • Space Is Noisy: Averted until everyone starts shooting at each other.
  • Space Is Slow Motion
  • Space Marines: Apparently, NASA keeps a shuttle load of U.S. Marines on standby just in case.
  • Space Station: Drax's main lair at the end. It rotates to provide simulated gravity, even though it seems to be more of a star shape rather than the traditional wheel.
  • Stealth in Space: The orbiting colony station is concealed by a radar jamming device, until our heroes disable it, instantly exposing the space station to NASA. However this still doesn't explain why no-one noticed the numerous shuttle launches and space construction required to build the thing.
  • Steel Ear Drums: Bond and Goodhead are completely unaffected by the sound of a space shuttle blasting off even though they're only inches away. Never mind being deafened by the noise, in Real Life they probably would have been killed.
  • Stock Scream:
    • The scream uttered by the Mook Bond kicks away after taking his parachute in the opening teaser skydiving sequence. This scream is commonly heard in the Moore-era Bond films. It's the same one cried out by the guy who wants "no part of it" and is Thrown from the Zeppelin in A View to a Kill.
    • Another butchered Wilhelm Scream can be heard in the latter part of the film, during the boat chase down the River Amazon when a speedboat driven by one of Drax's mooks gets blown up.
  • Storming the Castle: U.S. Marine astronauts with lasers vs. Drax's space station.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: When Bond and Goodhead follow Drax up to his space station and see most of what's happening, Drax helpfully provides the remaining details.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Jaws finally breaks at his silence at the end, when he says one line, "Here's to us," while proposing a toast with Dolly.
  • Supervillain Lair: Drax actually gets three: his French château transported brick by brick to California, a Mayan ruin which houses his shuttle launch complex, and the space station in orbit of Earth.
  • Take the Wheel: Jaws and some mooks are chasing Bond in a speedboat when Jaws takes the wheel a little too literally.
  • Tap on the Head: Multiple examples.
  • Technology Marches On: invoked Bond's safe-cracking gadget fits in a cigarette case; compare to the one he used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • That's No Moon!
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: The film clearly points out that someone shot with the cyanide-tipped darts in Bond's wrist gun dies in 30 seconds. Yet when Bond shoots Drax with said darts, he follows up by blowing him out an airlock and into space before the dart has a chance to work.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Jaws get a lot of abuse in this movie, but he not only does get a girlfriend out of it, but he gets to live, unlike everyone else in Drax's employ, and unlike most henchmen who cross paths with 007.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Bond does this to Drax after shooting him with a wrist-dart. This also happens to be the current trope image.
  • Trapped in Containment: Happens to two of Drax's scientists.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Drax.
  • Variable Terminal Velocity
  • Villain Decay: The film is often criticized for making Jaws more buffoonish than in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he was genuinely menacing.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Happens after Bond and Dr. Goodhead are captured in the space station when Bond explains the implications of Drax's master race. Jaws begins his Mook–Face Turn when he realizes he and Dolly won't fit in with Drax's perfect people.
    Drax: [angrily] JAWS! You obey me! EXPEL THEM!
  • Villainous Plan Inertia: Bond manages to kill Drax and destroy his space station, but even then, he and Holly have to chase down the three poison capsules he successfully launched, which, if not stopped, will kill 100 million people... each.
  • The Voiceless: Jaws... until the end: "Well, here's to us."
  • Warrior Monk: Spoofed with two monks doing martial arts. After flipping his opponent, the winner blesses his opponent by performing the sign of the cross over him.
  • Weaponized Exhaust
    Drax: Jaws, Mr. Bond must be cold after his swim. Place him where he can be assured of warmth.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The novelisation gives Drax a Motive Rant where he claims the world is doomed through overpopulation and ozone depletion, so he's just doing what's necessary to save humanity and its achievements.
  • We Need a Distraction: Dr. Goodhead pulls this on one of the henchmen in the ambulance.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The "ideal humans" vanish from the narrative once Bond reaches the space station. Whether any actually survive is never revealed. This is actually 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 and the only people being seen killed on screen are Drax' male troops.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: We never learn the fate of the (presumably unarmed) idea humans on the station. Other than Jaws' girlfriend we never see any of the evacuate; we don't even see their bodies.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A real life one for Richard Kiel, as he suffers from acrophobia and was unable to film any of the cable car fight. Hence the numerous shots of Jaws from behind awkwardly intercut with Kiel's face in front of a bluescreen.
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Chang and Bond smash up the entire showroom of valuable glass antiques, including a million dollar vase.
  • Why Won't You Die?
    • "Mr. Bond, you persist in defying my efforts to provide an amusing death for you."
    • There's a very good chance that Bond himself is thinking this about Jaws, who seems unkillable.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Prior to the final space battle, Drax's crew is shown to include men and women, both uniformed and civilian. But once the battle begins - and it is strongly implied that the space soldiers slaughter everyone on Drax's side - no female combatants are shown. We don't see another woman until after the battle and Jaws' girlfriend comes out from hiding - maybe with all the other women on board?
  • You Have Failed Me: Corrine is fed to Drax's dobermanns.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Drax fully intends to kill all his employees who fail to meet his standards of perfection once his plans are realized. This causes Jaws to Heel–Face Turn when he realizes that his girlfriend - who has less than perfect eyesight - wouldn't make the cut. He also might have realized he probably wouldn't make the cut either, having prosthetic jaws and teeth, plus gigantism.
  • Zero-G Spot: Bond and Dr. Holly Goodhead after defeating Drax's plans.

Holly Goodhead: Take me 'round the world one more time.
James Bond: Why not?