Tonight's Saturday Night Special is Roger Moore's fourth appearance as James Bond in the 1979 film
My upfront and honest opinion of "Moonraker" is that it's not even close to being my favourite James Bond movie, but then I think they should have stopped making James Bond movies after Sean Connery!
Roger Moore was absolutely great as "The Saint," but as James Bond, I just never did get it!
In fact, the only thing that makes "Moonraker" worth watching is there's lots of footage of Dungeon Superstar Hero "Richard (EEGAH!!) Kiel as the very large bad guy Jaws!
"Moonraker" is so far-fetched, I'm pretty sure it could be classified as a comedy!
Lois "Hot" Chiles is the lovely Holy Goodhead! Lois is very classy in the role even with a name like that!
This absurd tale meanders from Venice to Rio just for starters!
The Carnival in Rio has been used as a backdrop in many, many films, most notably in my book, "Black Orpheus!"
OF COURSE, it was the menacing 7' 2" Richard Kiel in that big clown outfit!
Probably one of the best things in this film is to see Roger Moore give a big grin back to Jaws! He does it a couple of times!
I think this might be my first experience with musicians in animal costumes since "The Banana Splits!"
Just to prove how serious Jaws is, he bites through some one inch aircraft cable!
And that sets up the whole ludicrous 'Gondolas Gone Wild' scene!
Which in turn, sets up the whole Jaws crash and fall in love scene!
Meanwhile, Roger Moore takes a turn at looking like Clint Eastwood!
IF it hadn't already been done in 1975, I'll bet the Producers would have loved to have called this movie "JAWS!"
Now James Bond finds himself in a huge jungle cave populated by beautiful young women! Pretty lucky guy except for the monstrous snake in that pond!
And guess who else is there too!!
They've been everywhere on earth, so now for the "Moonraker" ending, it's time to blast off into space!
My brain is not secured, so I'll stop right here.
Tabonga's next post will be in October and the first of our annual contributions to the Halloween Countdown, so get ready, and be wary of the scary, Larry!