007 Film: Moonraker (1979)June 20, 2014
Release year: 1979
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Produced by: Albert R. Broccoli
Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by Lewis Gilbert, it co-stars Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Cléry, and Richard Kiel. Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle, leading him to Hugo Drax, the owner of the shuttle’s manufacturing firm. Along with space scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead, Bond follows the trail from California to Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and the Amazon rainforest, and finally into outer space to prevent a plot to wipe out the world population and to re-create humanity with a master race.
- 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.
- Toshiro Suga as Chang: Drax’s original bodyguard.
- 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.
- Emily Bolton as Manuela: 007’s contact in Rio.
- Michael Marshall as Colonel Scott: U.S. Space Marines commander.
- Walter Gotell as General Gogol: The head of the KGB.
- Blanche Ravalec as Dolly: Jaws’ girlfriend.