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The most spectacularly silly Bond film ever sends 007 into orbit as he tries to prevent a mad tycoon from eradicating all life on earth.
The "bigger is better" philosophy behind The Spy Who Loved Me was taken to its ne plus ultra with the Bond team's immediate follow-up, which took 007 to outer space as a rebuke to/rip-off of the hugely successful Star Wars. When a Moonraker space shuttle is hijacked in mid-air while on loan to the British government, Bond is sent to the headquarters of the shuttle's multi-billionaire manufacturer, Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), to begin his investigation. Quickly discovering that it was Drax himself who was behind the theft, Bond evades numerous attempts on his life while tracing clues to Venice, Rio de Janeiro and finally into orbit, where the mad industrialist is planning to wipe out humanity and repopulate the planet with his legion of Aryanized, genetically "perfect" specimens. Big, bloated and bloody ridiculous, Moonraker exemplifies the Bond series' tendencies towards grandiosely ostentatious display — Ken Adam's enormous space-station set tops even his spectacular designs for You Only Live Twice and The Spy — and wheezy, overblown comedy, with Richard Kiel's Jaws returning from The Spy as a comically ineffectual foil.