Nice, positive write-up, TopBilled. Moonraker is routinely listed as the worst Bond film, and as such is often discussed with a heaping helping of scorn, but to me, even "bad" Bond is enjoyable. I liked Jaws and Dolly's romance, and I don't have a problem with Lois Chiles, who is often mentioned as a dull Bond girl. I do think Drax is a dull villain, which is a shame, because Michel Lonsdale is a very good actor, so I wish they'd have given him more to do.
I agree Larry. I think Lonsdale could have been given a bit more to do. In some ways, Jaws gets fairly equal screen time. But Drax has a very memorable death scene.
I was expecting this film to have a lot of special effects. Don't get me wrong-- there are some, quite a few in the last half hour. But I think if this story was made today, the viewer's senses would be totally bombarded with effects and the use of gadgets.
I think the story is kind of weak in how Bond & Holly, and Jaws & Dolly, are able to walk around on the space station without Drax (who must have cameras everywhere) not spotting them. Also, it's a little too convenient for Jaws & Dolly to realize they don't fit into Drax's overall plan and to suddenly side with Bond & Holly. It's fun to see the evil henchman fall in love and turn out to be good in the end, but it was too easy a transformation and I don't think Jaws would just so easily forge an alliance with Bond, especially when he had just tried to kill him in Rio.
My favorite scene which I didn't mention in the review is the sidewalk scene in Rio during the nighttime carnival. Where we see Jaws go up and squeeze the woman along the street. It's like he has some weird adrenaline rush and wants to use her and kill her on the spot. Then the crowd comes up and in his strange costume, he goes off with them. It's like a turning point for him where he is randomly psychotic and now has to start blending in with society. It's just such a unique scene and is made memorable by Kiel's acting, the costumes and the on-location atmosphere.