Moonraker (1979) read along – When a U.S. space shuttle is stolen in a midair hijacking, only Bond can find the evil genius responsible. The clues point to billionaire Hugo Drax, who has devised a scheme to destroy all human life on earth! As Bond races against time to stop Drax’s evil plot, he joins forces with Dr. Holly Goodhead, a NASA scientist who is as beautiful as she is brilliant. And 007 needs all the help he can get, for Drax’s henchman is none other Bond’s old nemesis Jaws, the indestructible steel-toothed giant. Their adventure leads all the way to a gigantic space station, where the stage is set for an epic battle for the fate of all mankind.
Cast of the full movie version were…
Roger Moore as James Bond: An MI6 agent assigned to look into the theft of a shuttle from the “Moonraker” space programme.
Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead: A CIA agent and astronaut who joins Bond and flies with him to Drax’s space station.
Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax: Main antagonist. An industrialist who plans to poison all humans on Earth, then repopulate the planet from his space station.
Richard Kiel as Jaws: Drax’s replacement bodyguard after Chang is killed, afflicted by giantism and with a set of stainless steel teeth.
Corinne Cléry as Corinne Dufour: Drax’s personal pilot.
Bernard Lee as M: The head of MI6. This was Bernard Lee’s final appearance as M.
Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray: The British Minister of Defence.
Desmond Llewelyn as Q: MI6’s “quartermaster” who supplies Bond with multi-purpose vehicles and gadgets useful for the latter’s mission.
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny: M’s secretary.
Toshiro Suga as Chang: Drax’s original bodyguard.
Emily Bolton as Manuela: 007’s contact in Rio.
Michael Marshall as Colonel Scott: US Space Marines commander.
Walter Gotell as General Gogol: The head of the KGB.
Blanche Ravalec as Dolly: Jaws’ girlfriend.
The end credits for the previous Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, said, “James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only”; however, the producers chose the novel Moonraker as the basis for the next film, following the box office success of the 1977 space-themed film Star Wars. For Your Eyes Only was subsequently delayed and ended up following Moonraker in 1981.
► Director: Lewis Gilbert
► Writer: Christopher Wood (screenplay)
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