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  • 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, stone by stone. It was all shot at an actual 17th century castle in France, Vaux-le-Vicomte.
    • Some indoor scenes that are supposed to take place in Venice were also shot at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
  • Cast the Expert: Toshiro Suga (Chang) was an aikido instructor and Michael G. Wilson was one of his pupils.
  • Completely Different Title:
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    • Moonrocket (Finland)
    • 007 Against The Death Rocket (Brazil & Portugal)
    • Moonraker: Operation Space (Italy, Croatia)
    • Moonraker: Top Secret (Germany)
    • Moonraker: Space Mission (Latin America)
    • Moonraker: Moonrise (Hungary)
    • 007 Seizes The Space Station (China)
  • Creator Backlash:
    • While certainly not the Bond film of which he's most ashamed of (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. When he criticized Die Another Day, he said "and that's coming from me, the first Bond in space".
    • Shirley Bassey has mixed feelings towards the title song. In spite of its popularity, she's admitted that it never truly felt like it was one of her own due to being called to sing it at the last minute (and possibly due to all the other artists that executives offered the song to first) and as a result she seldom sings it publicly (much less than either Goldfinger or Diamonds Are Forever).
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    • In the extras of the DVD, producer Michael G. Wilson admits that the next movie, For Your Eyes Only, was purposely made to be the exact opposite of Moonraker, for fear of the franchise becoming silly.
  • Creator Killer: Screenwriter Christopher Wood only had a small handful of screen and television credits after working on this film. Somewhat unusually, however, it wasn't so much because the film was a critical dud as the fact that Wood found screenwriting and all the Executive Meddling that goes with it to be too stressful, and simply preferred working on his Timothy Lea novels.
    • Creator's Pest: Christopher Wood revealed that Jaws' love interest Dolly wasn't his idea and that he hated her.
  • 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 and aikido master Toshirō Suga.
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    • The Brazilian Manuela is played by Aruban-Dutch actress Emily Bolton.
  • Follow the Leader: The film was was made during the Space Opera 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.
  • International Coproduction: The film was co-produced by Les Artistes Associés, the French branch of United Artists, in addition to being filmed partly in France. As such, many of the extras and stuntmen (including Claude Carliez, Guy Delorme and most of the models who played Drax's "perfect race" women) were French.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Lois Chiles agreed to be in the film because, "I needed the work, I needed the money and I needed the experience".
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Michael Lonsdale recalled Drax's Dobemans:
    The Japanese man came with some meat for the dogs. Throwing some on the carpet, but they wouldn't move. The man [who was] responsible for the dogs was quite upset. He was, "Go on, go on, allons y, allons y". They didn't like it: there was too much light and people.
  • 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.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: 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.
  • Production Nickname: Roger Moore nicknamed his gondola the "Bondola".
  • Real-Life Relative: Lois Maxwell's daughter Melinda Maxwell played one of Drax's girls (She's the readhead of the two girls seen together at the tropical hideout, just before the scene with the snake).
  • 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: Enough for its own page.
  • You Look Familiar: Kim Fortune appeared as a lieutenant on HMS Ranger in The Spy Who Loved Me. Here he appears as the co-pilot of the RAF carrier plane.

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