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In Topic: Moonraker - why such a bad rap?

Today, 06:02 AM

OHMSS and LTK may be better films, but they are nowhere near as fun.

Yep. Over the years I've come to realise it's not really about what's better. It's about what you enjoy...and ultimately what you ending up watching the most. I've seen Moonraker countless times - probably more than other highly regarded films in the franchise. I always have a good time with it, and that should be the point of watching anything creative. I'm of the opinion Moonraker and Octopussy provide the best balance of light and dark. In Moonraker's case, for every hovercraft gondola we have scientists being gassed to death, and so this sequencing continues throughout the film. 


Just talking/writing about MOONRAKER here has elevated it in my opinionated ranking.  ;)


That's good to hear. It's a film I really enjoy talking about, and I hope that comes across in my posts.


In Topic: New Bond Comics in 2016/17

Today, 05:48 AM


​Cover and a release date. It's may not be a final cover, but I'm liking the 50's pulp fiction style it has.

That cover is glorious. It looks even better than I imagined, and if they manage to keep that same atmosphere inside the book, it's going to be something really special. I may actually opt for the mass market paperback version so it matches my individual trades. But I'll wait and see what it looks like before making a final decision.

From the looks of this cover this could turn out to come closest to that old fan dream of period faithful Fleming adaptations. I think the hardcore fans are pretty sure to buy these.

I agree with that.

Felix #6, great ending to a great story.  As hard-boiled and grubby as I hoped it would be.  I will be buying the deluxe trade on this one.  My favorite so far.


I liked the ending for two reasons. 


In Topic: Moonraker - why such a bad rap?

20 June 2017 - 11:45 PM

Moonraker did NOT have "a bad rap" in 1979: it was hugely popular and even had fans among critics.  

From what I've read this is completely true. Here's just a couple of critic reactions:


  • Vincent Canby of the NY Times said it was "one of the most buoyant Bond films of all. Almost everyone connected with the movie is in top form, even Mr. Moore. Here he's as ageless, resourceful, and graceful as the character he inhabits."
  • The Globe and Mail's Jay Scott said it was second only to Goldfinger and added "in the first few minutes – before the credits – it offers more thrills than most escapist movies provide in two hours."
  • Frank Rich of Time said "the result is a film that is irresistibly entertaining as only truly mindless spectacle can be."
  • Critic James Monaco said Moonraker was a "minor masterpiece" and even said it was the best Bond film of them all.

In Topic: Becoming Bond

20 June 2017 - 02:28 PM

'Becoming Bond' will screen at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July 2017, and will feature two Q&A sessions with George Lazenby.

Awesome, that's a five minute drive from where I live.

In Topic: Moonraker - why such a bad rap?

20 June 2017 - 05:16 AM

I also want to say that perhaps it's easy to forget, but acting wise, Richard Kiel actually is terrific in this film. On my last rewatch I noticed how good he is in the Rio alley scene, especially when taken away by the crowd at the end. He resists at first, then starts dancing with them (!). That works as well as it does only because of Kiel's acting skills. Thanks to him, Jaws is a sort of Frankenstein's monster: simultaneously scary, funny, sad, pathetic. Quite a brilliant character, really, both in concept and in execution.

Yep. And in my opinion, Jaws becoming an ally isn't a blight on the film like the detractors think. Yes, the filmmakers wanted to make the young fans happy. But nonetheless, it was a master stroke in demonstrating Bond's negotiation/manipulation skills. "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" The introduction of Dolly gave the film an element of the bizarre, but it also was a big factor in Jaws' transformation. He used to be a mercenary for hire. He found something he valued more than money.