Moonraker Cast

Roger Moore as James Bond in Moonraker (1979)

Roger Moore as James Bond

Michael Lonsdale who starred as Hugo Drax in Moonraker

Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax

Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead

Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead

Lois Maxwell

Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny

Corinne Cléry who played Bond girls Corinne Dufour

Corinne Cléry as Corinne Dufour

Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray in several Bond films

Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray

Emily Bolton as Manuela

Emily Bolton as Manuela

Blanche Ravalec

Blanche Ravalec as Dolly

Walter Gotell as General Gogol also starred as Morzeny in From Russia with love

Walter Gotell as General Gogol

The Moonraker Cast Deliver an Out-of-this-World Film in More Ways Than One

Moonraker is the 11th installment of the James Bond series, and it features a talented cast who brought their characters to life, in what was a Bond plot that was out of this world.

Roger Moore was back for the fourth time and his portrayal of Bond was typical suave, charming, and tongue-in-cheek, as always. He perfectly captures Bond’s confidence and cool-headedness, even in the most perilous situations.

Love him or hate him, Moore deserves credit for having to come up against the indomitable Jaws again. Bond can’t compete with the power of the giant henchman, but he once again outwits him and even converts him, with the giant ending up on Bond’s side.

Moonraker hasn’t gone down well with the critics, but Moore’s performance is iconic, and the fact that he had to fly spaceships, endure a star wars, and end it all with zero-gravity lovemaking, means it deserves some respect.

Lois Chiles played Bond girl Holly Goodhead after turning down the role of Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me after taking temporary retirement.

Chiles is an undercover CIA agent posing as a NASA scientist, who’s infiltrated Hugo Drax’s space station. She and Bond are reluctant comrades at first, more down to the competitive nature – a regular theme with Bond and the girls.

However, after sleeping together in Venice and then being thrown together again in Brazil, they head to space to avert Drax’s masterplan.

Chiles delivers a solid performance as Holly Goodhead. She’s smart, resourceful, and more than capable of holding her own against Bond. She gets slapped down by Jaws, and gets back up, and she can ride spaceships. What’s not to love?

Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax is menacing Bond villain. He’s an industrialist with plans to destroy humanity and start anew. And he aims to do it in space, which is quite a plot even for 1970s Bond films.

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Hugo Drax is calm, collected, and calculated, and he looks like henchman Non from Superman II, all of which makes him an effective villain. Lonsdale’s performance is understated, but it’s precisely what makes Drax all the more frightening.

Richard Kiel was back as Jaws for the second time after being in the cast of The Spy Who Loved Me. He starts off working for someone else, but later gets a job as Hugo Drax’s henchman.

The towering henchman with steel teeth is arguably Bond’s toughest ever opponent, and Richard Kiel played the role to perfection. He’s not as smart as Bond and this is how he never gets the better of him.

In fact, the 7ft 2in giant is regularly the main victim, but something that would kill anyone else, merely hurts Jaws. But don’t feel sorry for him, because it’s his job and if he didn’t get into these scrapes he wouldn’t have met the love of his life, Dolly.

After crashing in the cable car, he meets Dolly and the two are smitten from that very moment. After this we start to see a different side to the imposing and intimidating giant, and one that becomes surprisingly endearing.

Jaws is an iconic character in the Bond franchise, and Richard Kiel will always be remembered for his portrayal of him.

His love interest Dolly was played by Blanche Ravalec. She’s only in the film a bit, but her stunning presence always has a calming effect on Jaws. She’s sweet and innocent, and her unlikely romance with Jaws is just what the film and Bond needed because without her Jaws would have always been a villain.

Corinne Cléry was cast as Corinne Dufour in Moonraker. She’s a pilot for Hugo Drax, but a girl who’s easily influenced by what she wants to hear. This naivity ends her up in bed with Bond, and she all too easily gives important information away to Bond.

She’s beautiful, charming and seductive, but her naive tendencies mean she’s only in the film for a few short scenes as her boss, Hugo Drax, knows all and has her killed.

Bernard Lee is back as M for the eleventh and final time. As always, Lee had a presence, and his reaction to finding Bond making love in a zero-gravity when pictures are being beamed back to the Queen, makes a great end to an iconic James Bond movie actor.

Desmond Llewelyn was back as Q. Llewelyn’s performance as Q is always a treat. He’s witty, sarcastic, and always delivers Bond’s gadgets with a sense of dry humour. He knows Bond more than anyone, and worries about his gadgets more than 007.

Lois Maxwell was cast as Miss Moneypenny for the eleventh time in Moonraker. Maxwell’s performance as Miss Moneypenny was always delightful and her scenes were usually a flirt or set up for a classic Bond quote.

In Moonraker, M asks Moneypenny where Bond is and she tells him ‘he’s on his last leg, sir.’ Immediately the scene cuts to Bond caressing an air-stewardess’ thigh, his hand pushing her skirt up toward her underwear. It’s a typical moment for a Moneypenny scene and Lois Maxwell always did it perfectly.

Geoffrey Keen was back as Sir Frederick Gray. Keen’s performance is a few brief scenes as always, but it’s effective. He’s stern and serious, but also displays a sense of humour, and the stoic Brit regularly embarrassed by Bond’s shenanigans.

Emily Bolton was cast as Manuela – Bond’s third Bond girl of Moonraker. She’s only in it for a few brief scenes, but enough to make the viewer think she’s spying on Bond, then making love to Bond, and then almost getting killed by Jaws. Some impact for a minor character.

The Moonraker cast delivered excellent performances to a somewhat forgettable film, if we’re being honest. That’s not to say, the film doesn’t have some great scenes because it does, but much of that was down to the acting, and not the production.

Moore was his typical self, love of loathe him, and his three Bond girls all offered twists and excitement along the way. Hugo Drax was a great villain, with an amazing quest, and one that he almost pulled off after hiring the indomitable Jaws. But the giant henchman fell in love and moved away from the dark side, which didn’t spell the end for Drax, but it can’t have helped.

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Toshiro Suga as Chang

Irka Bochenko as Blonde Beauty

Michael Marshall as Colonel Scott

Anne Lonnberg as Museum Guide

Leila Shenna as Hostess Private Jet

Jean-Pierre Castaldi as Pilot Private Jet

Alfie Bass as Consumptive Italian

Claude Carliez as Gondolier

Douglas Lambert as Mission Control Director

Arthur Howard as Cavendish

Alfie Bass as Consumptive Italian

Brian Keith as U.S. Shuttle Captain

George Birt as Captain Boeing 747

Kim Fortune as R.A.F. Officer

Lizzie Warville as Russian Girl

Johnny Traber’s Troupe as Funambulists

Nicholas Arbez as Drax’s Boy

Guy Di Rigo as Ambulance man

Chris Dillinger as Drax’s Technician

Claude Carliez as Gondolier

Georges Beller as Drax’s Technician

Denis Seurat as Officer Boeing 747

Chichinou Kaeppler as Signora Del Mateo

Christina Hui as Drax’s Girl

Françoise Gayat as Lady Victoria Devon

Nicaise Jean-Louis as Drax’s Girl
Catherine Serre as Countess Lubinski
Béatrice Libert as Mademoiselle Deradier

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

Produced by Albert R. Broccoli

Screenplay by Christopher Wood

Based on novel Moonraker by Ian Fleming

Cinematography by Jean Tournier

Edited by John Glen

Music by John Barry

Theme song sung by Shirley Bassett

Production companies: Eon Productions, Les

Productions Artistes Associés

Distributed by United Artists

Release dates: 26 June 1979 (UK), 29 June 1979 (US)

Budget $34 million

Box office $210.3 million