Trivia - Moonraker
In 1955, John Payne negotiated and purchased the rights for
an option to "Moonraker", paying a $1000 a month option
for nine months. Payne was the first ever person in Hollywood
interested in making the James Bond novels into a film series.
Apparently, he eventually gave up the option when he learned
he couldn't obtain the rights to the entire 007 series. Moreover,
there were allegedly trans-Atlantic problems between the USA
and English agents of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. In 1955-56,
the Rank Organisation via Ian Hunter bought an advance option
from Fleming to the novel "Moonraker". Fleming stipulated £1000
for an advance option and £10,000 for the film rights.
Rank did not develop the material further. In Spring 1959, Rank
sold them back to Fleming. Harry Saltzman obtained the rights
to the James Bond novels in 1960-61 and "Moonraker" was
included in the package. Saltzman later went into partnership
with Albert R. Broccoli to produce the James Bond films.
This is the first and only ever filmed version of the Ian Fleming
novel "Moonraker" and is not a remake of the 1958 film
The Moonraker (1958) which is an entirely different story and
a period piece. An alleged 1956 version of "Moonraker" was
reported to have been discovered in 2004 but this was an April
Fool Day's hoax. In the joke, Dirk Bogarde was James Bond, Orson
Welles was Hugo Drax and Peter Lorre was a henchman.
Though little of the source Ian Fleming "Moonraker" novel
would be used for the film, various story elements, themes and
ideas are said to have inspired the later James Bond movie Die
Another Day (2002) and to some extent GoldenEye (1995).
Nepal and India were considered as locations for the movie and
the latter would become one in Octopussy (1983).
The Ian Fleming "Moonraker" novel was adapted as a
South African radio dramatization in 1956-57 featuring Bob Holness
as the voice of James Bond. Holness was technically the second
actor to play James Bond in audio-visual media and the first
to play him on radio.
A "moonraker" has two dictionary definitions. It is
a synonym for a moon-sail which is the highest sail of a ship.
It is also a term from a Wiltshire folk story where smugglers
trying to hide contraband pretend to rake the water in a pond
so as to catch the reflection of the moon.
It was considered for a time that this movie would follow On
Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). However, that turned out
to be Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Moonraker was the third James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming.
It was first published on 7 April 1955. A number of suggested
and working titles existed for this novel. These included: The
Moonraker, Mondays are Hell, The Moonraker Sense, The Infernal
Machine, The Moonraker Secret, The Inhuman Element, Wide of the
Mark, The Moonraker Plan, Hell is Here, Bond and The Moonraker,
The Moonraker Plot, and Too Hot to Handle, the latter being the
re-title of the novel for its first US paperback release. Moreover,
the Christopher Wood novelization of the film was called James
Bond and Moonraker.
Scriptwriter Tom Mankiewicz wrote a script for this movie which
was not used. Apparently sections of it ended up in Octopussy
(1983) (the Acrostar jet sequence) and A View to a Kill (1985)
(the Eiffel Tower sequence). Mankiewicz had previously written
scripts for Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973)
and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The role of Drax was originally offered to James Mason. Lois
Chiles had originally been offered the role of Anya in The Spy
Who Loved Me (1977), but turned down the part when she
decided to take temporary retirement. She got the role of Holly
Goodhead by chance when she was given the seat next to Lewis
Gilbert on a flight.
In his original 1955 novel, Ian Fleming describes Drax as "a
Lonsdale figure". Twenty-four years later, Drax was portrayed
in this film by Michael Lonsdale.
Ian Fleming based the villain Drax on the Jules Verne's character
Robur from the "Clipper Of The Clouds", "Master
of the World" and "Robur, The Conqueror" stories.
In addition, the filmmakers based Drax also on Adolf Hitler and
there is a similarity between the look of Hitler and that of
actor Michael Lonsdale. Drax's plan for a master race evokes
Hitler's plans for the same.
The "Drax" name was allegedly derived from two possible
sources by James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Drax was the surname
of a boy at Eton who would become Admiral Sir Reginald Plunkett
Ernle Erle Drax. Drax Hall Estate was a Great House in Northern
Jamaica in which Fleming visited during one of his early trips
to Oracabessa. Fleming apparently saw the name on the blue notice
board there. The name of Drax's butler in the movie was Cavendish.
The Bond Girl character name Gala Brand from
the original Ian Fleming "Moonraker" novel was not used for the movie.
Neither was the name of the assistant villain Willy Krebs. For
a time, one of the Bond Girls in Die Another Day (2002) was going
to be called Gala Brand (a number of story elements of this movie
are derived from the "Moonraker" novel) but her character
name was eventually changed to Miranda Frost.
Barbara Bach was originally scheduled to make a brief appearance
as Anya, the character she played in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977),
but the idea was dropped only weeks before filming began. According
to the book The Bond Files, her character was going to be the
woman shown in bed with General Gogol in the scene where he moans
to his British counterpart that he's having trouble sleeping.
First ever Bond Girl
where an actress shares first name with her character. Corinne
Clery playing Drax employee Corinne Dufour
is the only actress ever to play a Bond Girl whose first name
is the same as her Bond Girl's. In earlier drafts of the script,
the Corinne Dufour character was known as Trudi Parker and
she has that name in the film's novelization.
Actor Richard Kiel has only one line of dialogue in his two
Bond appearances as "Jaws" (Moonraker (1979) and The
Spy Who Loved Me (1977)). He says, "Well, here's to us" near
the end of this film.
Drax's main henchmen were named Chang and Jaws. The fight scene
between James Bond and Chang in the Venetian glass showroom was
originally intended to appear in the previous James Bond movie
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) where it was to take place in the
Mummy Room of the Cairo Museum of Antiquities.
Continuing an in-joke used in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker
(1979) marks the second appearance of Victor Tourjansky as the "man
with bottle". He would return a third and final time in
the next Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), as the "man
with wine glass".
Producer Albert R. Broccoli called Steven Spielberg requesting
permission to use the indelible 5-note leitmotif from his Close
Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Broccoli wanted to use it
as the entry code for an electronic laboratory door lock in a
scene in Moonraker (1979). Some years later, Spielberg called
Broccoli requesting permission to use the 007 theme music for
a scene in a movie he was producing titled, The Goonies (1985).
Broccoli pointed out that there were more than 5 notes in the
007 theme music. Spielberg suspected the producer's tongue was
firmly planted in his cheek as he continued to banter. He was
right. Drax's Venice laboratory has an electronic lock on it.
The sequence which unlocks the door is the hailing tune from
Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). This pass code to Drax's
laboratory in Venice was 12589.
Some portions of the Moonraker assembly plant were filmed on
location at the Rockwell International manufacturing facilities
in Palmdale, California, and at the Vehicle Assembly Building
at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The champagne that James Bond and Dr. Holly Goodhead drink
in her hotel room at Venice's Hotel Danieli was a Bollinger '69.
The name of the Funambulists circus act seen at at the Hippodrome
de Longchamp during the pre-titles sequence was Johnny Traber's
Real lasers were used in assisting with the creation of the
special effects in the movie.
Though James Bond conquers space in this movie, it is not
the first James Bond movie to deal with story elements dealing
with outer space. Dr. No (1962), You Only Live Twice (1967) and
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) included story elements dealing with
An asteroid was named after James Bond on 5 October 1983.
It was discovered by Antonín Mrkos at the Czech Republic's
Klet Observatory. The name of the asteroid , "9007 James
Bond", references James Bond's 007 code number in MI6 and
is a homage to James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
The blast chamber for Moonraker Shuttle No. #5 was actually
a set which wasn't used. It was for another scene as it included
a meeting room and could be collapsed to form the blast chamber.
The film boasts an exciting cable car sequence above Guanabara
Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Interestingly, "BONDinho" is
truly one of the actual names used to describe these glass cable
cars that do the same run from Sugar Loaf Mountain to Urca Hill
as seen in the movie. "BONDinho" is a name taken from
the Portugese language.
The film was partly set in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil because
Albert R. Broccoli wanted to film the magnificent Iguaçu
Falls of Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil after a
The name of the mission which James Bond was returning from
during the pre-credits sequence was referred to by M as being
The African Job.
Second consecutive James Bond movie with an unusual number
of repeated story elements: Opening sequence involves James Bond
parachuting; appearance of Jaws; a Pyramid location and Bond
driving an amphibious vehicle. It was an underwater car in The
Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and a hovercraft gondola in this movie.
The fictitious plant species of rare orchid, once discovered
near the River Tapirapé and secretly developed by Drax
Industries as the chemical base for the highly toxic nerve gas
that has no effect on animals, was Orchidae Nigra.
Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins
for this movie include Bollinger Champagne; Bell Helicopters;
Canon Cameras; British Airways; Marlboro; Seven Up Soft Drink;
Glaston Boat Company; Christian Dior; Seiko Watches, particularly
the Seiko M354 Memory-Bank Calendar and Seiko H357 Duo Display
watches; and Air France.
To build the gigantic three level Space Station set interiors
at France's Epinay Studios, the production utilized two tons
of nails, one hundred tons of metal, two hundred and twenty technicians
and ten thousand feet of set construction woodwork.
Second and final time to date that James Bond has been seen
hang-gliding. Very popular as a new sport in the 1970s, Roger
Moore is the only actor to ever play James Bond and be seen hang-gliding.
The other time was in Live and Let Die (1973).
The budget for Moonraker (1979) was more than the combined
budget total of the first six EON James Bond movies put together.
Second consecutive James Bond movie in which the opening sequence
involves James Bond parachuting.
The license plate number of the car that escorts James Bond
to the pheasant shooting was DRAX. The license plate of the truck
carrying pheasants was 481BLA.
The only James Bond movie to ever have two boat chases: There
is the Bondola Gondola chase filmed and set in the canals of
Venice and then there is Q's Hydrofoil Boat Chase with a Glastron
speedboat with attached hang-glider, set in South America (but
filmed in Florida).
There were six Moonraker Space Shuttles. The number of the
shuttle that James Bond and Dr. Holly Goodhead commandeer for
their trip to the space station was Moonraker Shuttle No. #6.
The number of the shuttle that James Bond and Dr. Holly Goodhead
commandeer for their trip back to Earth was Drax's Moonraker
Shuttle, Moonraker Shuttle No. #5.
The co-ordinates where the Boeing 747 crash landed in the
Yukon at the beginning of the film were 136° 15' 10" W
and 63° 20' 48" N.
The combination to Drax's safe in Venice was 2543.
The initial shot of Drax's mansion is a superimposed plate
of the Vaux-le-Vicomte in Seine-et-Marne, France with the Mojave
C. & W. Inc. stood for Carlos and Wilmsberg.
The brand of piano that Drax plays was a Steinway & Sons.
The registration identifier of the speed boat that chases
James Bond in the Venetian Lagoon was V99060.
The villain Jaws is the only time a sidekick villain or henchman
has ever returned in a James Bond movie. The character of Jaws
first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He is parodied
in "The Secret Files of the SpyDogs" (1998) as a cat
with metal teeth. In the Inspector Gadget (1999) movie, a Jaws
like character is credited as Famous Guy with Metal Teeth (and
was played by Richard Kiel).
The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language
titles include Moonrocket (Finland); 007 Against The Death Rocket
(Brazil & Portugal); Moonraker: Operation Space (Italy);
Moonraker: Top Secret (Germany); Moonraker: Space Mission (Latin
America) and 007 Seizes The Space Station (China)
Vehicles featured included NASA / Rockwell International Shuttle
Spacecraft designed as six Moonraker Space Shuttles; a Venezian
Gondola that can turn into a hovercraft known as the Hovercraft
Gondola or Bondola; Q's Hydrofoil Boat, a silver Glastron/Carlson
CV-23HT speedboat with accessory hang-glider which is chased
by three Glastron SSV-189 speedboats; a white MP Roadster; a
Rio Ambulance; a blue Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II which takes
Bond to his Rio hotel; a Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter; a BONDinho
Rio cable car; a Hispano-Suiza; and a Handley Page Jetstream
Turboprop plane in the opening sequence.
Cameo: [Dana Broccoli] [as a Woman at St. Mark's Square along
with family members Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.]
The name of Hugo Drax's multinational conglomerate was Drax
Enterprises. Its space division based in California was called
The name of Hugo Drax's escorts seen at his chalet were Lady
Victoria Devon and Countess Labinsky, and at the forest, were
Signorina del Mateo and Mademoiselle Deradier.
The license plate number of Manuela's white replica MG was
For the fight between James Bond and Chang, the film had the
largest amount of break-away sugar glass used in a single scene.
The film had the largest number of actors in weightlessness
(on wires) ever filmed.
Roger Moore arrived a few days late for the shoot Rio due
to a kidney stones attack in France. Moore had also had a renal
colic attack whilst filming Live and Let Die (1973). Once arrived
in Rio, he literally walked off the plane, went into make-up
and hair, got fitted out, went back onto the plane, and was then
filmed arriving in Rio as James Bond for the movie.
It was the first movie to feature the modern space shuttle
in a motion picture. The film's release was suppose to coincide
with the first ever launch of the space shuttle, but this unfortunately
didn't occur until 12 April 1981, just before the release of
the next James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only (1981), and exactly
twenty years after Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space (12
The film utilized the largest set ever built in France.
During the cable-car stunt high above Rio, a real cliff-hanger
moment occurred when stuntman Richard Graydon slipped and was
hanging-off for his dear life. The recce crew, including Ken
Adam, were petrified while the camera was rolling and they were
watching-on from a vantage point.
Final James Bond movie directed by Lewis Gilbert.
Production Designer Ken Adam likened the Control Room set
at the Studios de Boulogne to a Mondrian painting because of
its black lines and multitude of screen monitors. As such, Adam
nicknamed it the "Mondrian Set".
Cameo: [Albert R. Broccoli] [Long-time James Bond producer
as a man at St. Mark's Square wearing a untucked light blue shirt.]
Cameo: [Michael G. Wilson] Makes three cameo appearances,
one as a Man outside Venini Glass, St Mark's Square, one as a
Man on a canal bridge whilst M and James Bond talk and one as
a NASA technician in the central control room.
Moonraker is the only 007 film where the signature pistol
of James Bond is not seen, be it the Walther PPK or the Walther
Fifth and final James Bond film (to date) to feature John
Barry's second signature James Bond theme, "The 007 Theme".
Only Roger Moore Bond movie in which it is heard.
Moonraker (1979) was filmed on three continents, in four studios,
and across seven countries.
Despite the previous 007 film telling us that James Bond will
return in For Your Eyes Only (1981), producer Broccoli choose
Moonraker (1979) as the next installment after the success of
Star Wars (1977).
According to writer Tom Mankiewicz there was a scene featuring
Drax meeting his co-financiers in the Amazon lair; they use the
room located just below the space shuttle launch pad that Bond
and Holly later escape from. This scene was shot but later cut
With the exception of the title, the character Drax, and a
couple other minor elements, this is an original story rather
than an adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel.
Bond stunt double, veteran skydiver Jake Lombard, bore a strong
resemblance to Bond actor Roger Moore. (That is, after he was
persuaded to cut his long hair and shave off his equally long
beard). This allowed many relative close up facial shots of Bond
in freefall. As for the role of the pilot, skydiver B.J. Worth
was actually chosen first, with actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi being
chosen later for studio scenes, due to his resemblance to Mr.
The filmmakers did not think that viewers would accept the
relationship between Jaws and Dolly due to the height difference
between them. It was only when Richard Kiel pointed out that
his actual wife was the same height as Dolly that they changed
their minds. Jaws' (Richard Kiel) height was 7 ft 2½ inches.
The world premiere was supposed to be held in Houston, Texas;
however, problems with the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia
forced the change of venue to London, England.
Kate Bush was reportedly considered to sing the theme, but
turned it down.
The title song is sung by Shirley Bassey, the third and last
time she did so in the Bond series. The other two were Goldfinger
(1964) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). She also sang a version
of the "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" song for Thunderball
(1965) which was not used. To date, Bassey is the only singer
to have performed a Bond title song more than once.
In order to create the final shot in which the space station
is destroyed, the visual effects crew locked themselves in the
studio and shot the model of the space station to pieces using
When work on the film began, NASA had in fact not yet officially "finalized" the
design of the Space Shuttle. Fortunately for the production designers,
there were subsequently no visible changes made to the shuttle's
design, making their rendering of it accurate.
Claude Renoir was originally hired as Director of Photography
but had to depart because of his failing eyesight.
When Frank Sinatra was approached to sing the theme song,
it was called "Think Of Me" and had music composed
by John Barry and lyrics written by Paul Williams. After he turned
it down, Barry and Hal David wrote "Moonraker" and
Johnny Mathis was chosen to sing it. When it was decided that
it wasn't working, Barry had a chance meeting with Shirley Bassey
and with the approval of producer Albert R. Broccoli she recorded
Carole Bouquet was interviewed for the female lead.
Bond does not drive a car in this movie. He is seen however
briefly driving a jeep through some caves (i.e. the Paris Mining
Shafts location). The only Bond movie where James Bond is not
seen driving a motor vehicle is You Only Live Twice (1967).
The only time Bond fires a gun in this movie is when he shoots
the sniper out of the tree with Drax's hunting rifle.
Michael Lonsdale replaced Stewart Granger.
Corinne Clery is dubbed.
The painting that James Bond shoots with the wrist activated
dart is that of King William III of England.
The code to Drax's laboratory in Venice is 12589.
Since new Tax Laws were announced in Great Britain, the Producers
decided not to use the 007-Stage which they just had erected
for the previous Bond Movie. Instead the interiors by Ken Adam
were mostly filmed at 3 sound-stages in France. The condition
from the filmmakers to the French Film Industry was, that they
could overtake literally all Soundstages in Paris. (This didn't
make them all too popular with other Filmmakers)
Adapting to the different work ethics in France, Ken Adam
(Production Designer) was informed by the union leader that the
crew will not work overtime. Ken Adam could not recall even one
Bond Movie he designed which did not include overtime on part
of the construction crew to complete the interiors. Ultimately
the crew saw his designs and they decided that it was indeed
worthwhile to work overtime. In fact he recalled that on Sundays
they did bring their whole families.
Identical sound effects during battle scenes, such as twisting
metal fatigue noises; yelling and computer equipment usage were
used both in this film and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Early script and storyboards for the movie reveal another
character who was ultimately dropped from the picture, a sidekick
villain henchman called Ratz, who was involved in the cable car
sequence with Jaws.
Plans for a motion picture based on Ian Fleming's novel date
back to 1956 when the book was first optioned by a producer,
but a film was never made.
The novel Moonraker and the film Moonraker (1979) are two
entirely different stories that have nothing in common, except
when James Bond and Dr.Goodhead are left under the rocket-engine
to get killed by Drax. To make sure people didn't confuse the
novelization of the film with the original Ian Fleming novel,
the film novelization's title was "James Bond and Moonraker."
One of the Moonraker space shuttle models used in filming
is currently on display in the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood restaurant.
Except for a few brief close-ups, the entire sequence of Bond,
Jaws and the pilot falling from the plane with Bond and the pilot
fighting for a single parachute was actually shot in free-fall.
The camera for these sequences was mounted on the helmet of another
skydiver, and a few shots are of the cameraman's own arms and
legs. Stuntmen Jake Lombard and B.J. Worth wore parachutes concealed
within their suits. The "parachute" they fought over
was actually a dummy 'chute which had to be removed before the
stuntman could use the real parachute underneath. Stuntman Jake
Lombard would don and remove the dummy 'chute up to three times
in a single jump. The actual parachutes used by the stuntmen
had both a main and reserve 'chute concealed within the suitcoats.
A breakaway seam ran down the backside which allowed the parachute
to be opened without the need to remove the coat. There were
only sixty to seventy seconds of freefall time between when the
stunt performers exited the aircraft and when they had to activate
their 'chutes. After factoring in the time needed to get the
performers and cameraman into position after leaving their plane,
only a few seconds of film could be shot per jump. Therefore,
the entire sequence required 88 jumps and five weeks to film,
just to produce the two minutes of footage in the final film.
Director Cameo: [Lewis Gilbert] One of the men at St Mark's
Brazilian actress Adele Fátima was cast as Manuela,
and she shot some minor scenes with Roger Moore around Sugar
Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro. She was later recast by Emily
Bolton, with her own scenes deleted from the final cut.
The cable that Jaws bites was actually made of licorice.
About fifty sets were constructed for the movie. It is estimated
that to build all the sets for the film took approximately 220,000
Roger Moore is believed to have conducted approximately 390
interviews for the promotion of the movie.
Jaws was supposed to be Bond's arch-nemesis in the film until
Lewis Gilbert started paying attention to some of the fan mail
he was getting from small children, asking why he couldn't be
a goodie instead of a baddie.
All of the space center scenes were shot at Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
M's office set - which usually resided at Pinewood Studios
- was transported over to Paris for shooting.
Corinne Dufour was originally written to be a Californian
valley girl but when the production moved to France it necessitated
the casting of a French actress.
One of the very first movies to be filmed in the Pompidou
Centre in Paris; it's where Dr Goodhead's office is located.
Roger Moore's face was quite bruised after having intense
bursts of air pumped onto it in the scene where the gravity simulator
spins out of control.
The boat chase in Venice was slightly hampered by the fact
that speed restrictions in the city were 5 knots.
Roger Moore was off the production for a week in hospital
as he had a kidney stone. At one point, it looked like the production
would have to shut down due to Moore's illness.
Footage of the carnival in Rio was shot in January 1978. The
scenes with Roger Moore was done in February 1979, recreating
the carnival revelers from the year before.
Albert R. Broccoli complained that Maurice Binder's title
sequence cost more than the entire budget of Dr. No (1962).
The opening sequence concludes with Jaws freefalling into
a circus big top which then comes crashing down around him. Footage
was shot of Richard Kiel staggering out of the wreckage but this
has now been lost.
When the Minister of Defense and M arrive in Venice, the Minister
mentions that he plays bridge with Drax. This is a reference
to the original novel, in which Drax is continuously winning
while playing bridge at M's favorite club.
Bernard Lee's final appearance as M. The actor died when For
Your Eyes Only (1981) was in pre-production.
Cameo: [Melinda Maxwell] [The daughter of the series regular
character Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell as one of Drax's
Master Race specimens.]
Louis Jourdan was offered the role of Drax.
Drax is designed to be cosmopolitan, as his staff consisted
of a French helicopter pilot, a Japanese killer, an American
scientist, and an English butler.
"Moonraker" was loosely modeled after NASA's 1973
Cameo: [Victor Tourjansky] The Italian second-unit director
as Man with Bottle (uncredited) in the 2nd of 3 appearances starting
with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and lastly with For Your Eyes
The scene in which the gondola converts into a hovercraft
and elevates out of the water succeeded with the fifth attempt.
During the first four takes, the vehicle was so unstable that
Roger Moore fell into the water and needed to have his silk suit
replaced for each take. It was fortunate that the stunt worked
during the fifth take because was wearing the last available
The film's Royal World Premiere was held on 26th June 1979
at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in the presence of
British Royal Prince Philip.
The film's title song "Moonraker" has been covered
by Shara Nelson and can be heard on David Arnold's Bond song
compilation album, "Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold
James Bond Project". Another track called "Space March" has
been covered by Leftfield for this compilation album. However,
there is no track called 'Space March" on the original "Moonraker" soundtrack.
According to the film's soundtrack sleeve notes, the soundtrack
album debuted in the US Charts on 18 August 1979 where it peaked
at the No. #159 spot. The soundtrack has never had an extended
release with the release of extra tracks like other Bond soundtracks
apparently due to the masters being lost in France.
Classical music heard in the film includes Frédéric
Chopin's Prelude no. 15 in D-flat major (op. 28), "Raindrop")
heard when Drax is playing the piano ; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's
Romeo and Juliet Overture is heard when Jaws meets Dolly whilst "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka" by
Johann Strauß is heard during the Saint Mark's Square hovercraft
sequence in Venice. At the conclusion of the pheasant shoot,
the bugler blows the first three notes to Richard Strauss's "Also
Sprach Zarathustra" (op. 30) which was famously used in
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Moreover, the scene where Bond
is riding to M's temporary headquarters in a South American hacienda
is accompanied by Elmer Bernstein's theme from The Magnificent
The first line of the Ian Fleming James Bond "Moonraker" novel
read: "The two thirty-eights roared simultaneously."
The last line of the Ian Fleming James Bond "Moonraker" novel
read: "He touched her for the last time and they turned
away from each other and walked off into their different lives."
According to the film's CD Soundtrack sleeve notes, the soundtrack
album debuted in the US Charts on 18 August 1979 and went to
the No. #159 spot.
The opening sequence where Bond is pushed out of a plane and
wrestles over a parachute while in free-fall took 5 weeks to
shoot and required 88 individual jumps from a plane. One camera
operator with a 7 pound camera attached to his helmet followed
the action while the Bond stuntman had a hidden miniature parachute
under his suit.
This was the highest grossing Bond movie up until the release
of GoldenEye (1995).