Moonraker (1979) Tidbits

  • For Your Eyes Only was supposed to follow The Spy Who Loved Me, but after the success of Star Wars, the space-themed flick was produced.
  • The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker are not only similar in plot, they even have interchangeable sequences. A fight scene originally scripted for The Spy Who Loved Me was used for Moonraker instead.
  • Corrine Dufour was originally named Trudi Parker but was renamed for the actress who played her.
  • The glass museum battle was originally intended to be in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities in The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • The pre-credit parachute sequence took 5 weeks and 92 jumps to film. Each jump could only be filmed for one minute in freefall before the stuntmen had to open their parachutes.
  • A public letter writing campaign brought back Richard Kiel as Jaws.
  • The door code to the bio-room in Venice is the theme from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, the one the aliens play to the humans.
  • The world premiere of Moonraker was supposed to be in Houston, Texas, but problems with the launch of the space shuttle Columbia proved to be insurmountable. Later, the world premiere was held at the Odeon in London, England.
  • Hugo Drax was modeled after Adolf Hitler, and one of Drax’s agendas was a master race that will repopulate Earth after nerve-gassing the entire planet.
  • The waterfall that 007 hang-glides over is Iguazu Falls, located between the Brazil-Argentina border. The Iguazu River forms the border between both nations.
  • When Jaws bites the cable when Bond and Dr. Goodhead are in the cable car, the cable that be actually bit was made of licorice.
  • The horn player at the beginning of the hunt scene plays the first notes to Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, which course, is used and recognized as the theme of 2001: A Space Oddyssey.