Moonraker

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Moonraker
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Movie poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Release Date 1979
Language English
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
James Bond Roger Moore
Holly Goodhead Lois Chiles
Hugo Drax Michael Lonsdale
Q. Desmond Llewelyn
M. Bernard Lee
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell
Jaws Richard Kiel


Moonraker is the 11th installment in the official James Bond film series. The 1979 installment follows Bond on an investigation into the theft of a space shuttle manufactured by the aerospace company of Hugo Drax. Bond then discovers that Drax may have plans involving the annihilation of the human race. The film deviates significantly from the novel and was an attempt by the producers to capitalize on the science-fiction film craze started by Star Wars.
The following weapons were used in the film Moonraker:

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Handguns

Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard

At the start of the film, the Hostess of the Private Jet (Leila Shenna), that Bond is with aboard a plane pulls a Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard revolver on him, handing it off to the pilot (Jean-Pierre Castaldi) entering the cabin from the cockpit. The pilot (Jean-Pierre Castaldi) then uses it to destroy the altimeter before he and the Hostess (Leila Shenna) bail out, planning to leave Bond unable to land the plane.

Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard .38 Special
The Hostess of the Private Jet (Leila Shenna) pulls her S&W Bodyguard on Bond.
The pilot takes the revolver.
The pilot shoots out the altimeter.

Colt M1911 (probable)

One of Drax' men carries what is most likely a Colt M1911. It is impossible to tell which version/variation of the M1911 due to lack of screen time.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
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Unidentified Revolver

A LIFE magazine promotional still shows James Bond (Roger Moore) with a large caliber revolver during the gondola chase.

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Walther PPK

In some publicity material for the film, Roger Moore as James Bond can be seen with his iconic Walther PPK, though interestingly does not carry one in the film.

Walther PPK in .32 ACP
Roger Moore in a publicity still. Neither the PPK nor the British space suit were used in the film.
Roger Moore poses with what appears to be a Walther PPK, while Lois Chiles has a different pistol.

Walther LP-53 air pistol

Roger Moore holds something resembling a Walther LP-53 on some movie posters, just as Sean Connery does on From Russia with Love posters.

Walther LP-53 Air Pistol
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Shotguns

Holland & Holland Royal

While visiting the Drax residence in California, James Bond (Roger Moore) engages in pheasant hunting with Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), both men using Holland & Holland Royal double-barreled shotguns. Bond nonchalantly uses his to take out a sniper hiding in a nearby tree.

Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun 12 Gauge
Drax prepares to fire his shotgun.
Drax hands Bond a shotgun.
Bond takes a quick look at his shotgun.
Drax and Bond with their shotguns.
Drax pretends to help Bond, but actually he intends to distract him.
Bond switches his aim from the pheasants to the sniper. This is the only notable time during the film when Bond actually uses a standard firearm.
"You missed, Mr. Bond." - "Did I?"
"As you said: Such good sport" - having killed the sniper, Bond gives Drax his gun and heads back to the car.

Unidentified Shotgun

The other participants also use double-barreled shotguns.

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Rifles

Steyr Mannlicher-Schönauer Sporter

The assassin (Guy Delorme) whom Drax sends into a tree to kill Bond while pheasant hunting uses a Steyr Mannlicher-Schoenauer Sporter with scope.

The Mannlicher-Schoenauer Sporter with Scope.
The assassin prepares to climb the tree.
The assassin takes his position in the tree.
The assassin aims at Bond.

Submachine Guns

MP40

In Venice, the henchmen chasing Bond through the canals use MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 9mm
One of Drax's henchman fires at Bond from his funeral boat.
Another henchman with his MP40.
The henchman fires his MP40 while chasing Bond through Venice.
The henchman aims his MP40 as they search for Bond's gondola.
As Bond escapes, the henchman angrily drops his MP40. Although it looks like he throws it into the water, he actually throws it onto the boat's floor.

MAC-10

During the speedboat chase in Brazil, Jaws (Richard Kiel) uses a MAC-10 with an elongated barrel.

MAC 10 .45 ACP with extended barrel
Jaws leads his men with his MAC-10.
Jaws fires his MAC-10 at Bond. (It is not advised to hold the barrel of an automatic weapon when firing.)

MAC-11

Drax' henchmen use MAC-11s during the speedboat chase.

Ingram MAC-11 with stock extended - .380 ACP
The gunner of the first boat uses a MAC-11.
A henchman on the second boat also carries a MAC-11.

Sterling SMG

A guard at the Moonraker launch base can be seen with a Sterling SMG.

Sterling Mk. IV Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
The guard in the Mini Moke wields a Sterling.

Assault Rifles

MGC M16

Drax's guards at the Moonraker launch base in Brazil carry MGC M16 replica rifles with 20-round magazines. A Marine can also briefly be seen with one at a U.S. base. One of these rifles was sold for ca. 800$ at an auction in Hollywood in 2007.

MGC M16 assault rifle: a non firing metal replica built by the Model Gun Corp. of Japan and one of the most used non firing replicas of the M16 in movies and television
Two of Drax's guards with MGC M16s.
More guards with MGC M16s.
The Moonraker crews are protected by guards with MGC M16s.
A guard with an MGC M16 waits for the Moonraker pilots, who are actually James Bond and Holly Goodhead in disguise.

Others

Laser guns

US Astronauts and Drax's forces are seen armed with prop laser weapons, which were dressed-up IMI Uzi replicas, apparently store-bought plastic toys - these toy Uzis were also used in quite a few sci-fi and 'action' B movies during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The crew of Drax's space station are also armed with smaller laser pistols. The laser later made an appearance in the video game Goldeneye 007, referred to as the "Moonraker Laser."

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - the prop guns were created from toy replicas of the Uzi.
Publicity still of James Bond and Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) holding the laser gun props.
Drax's soldiers are using the same replicas monted on their space suits during the EVA battle scene.

See Also

EON Productions Sean Connery Dr. No (1962)  •  From Russia with Love (1963)  •  Goldfinger (1964)  •  Thunderball (1965)  •  You Only Live Twice (1967)  •  Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
George Lazenby On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Roger Moore Live and Let Die (1973)  •  The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)  •  The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)  •  Moonraker (1979)  •  For Your Eyes Only (1981)  •  Octopussy (1983)  •  A View to a Kill (1985)
Timothy Dalton The Living Daylights (1987)  •  Licence to Kill (1989)
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye (1995)  •  Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)  •  The World Is Not Enough (1999)  •  Die Another Day (2002)
Daniel Craig Casino Royale (2006)  •  Quantum of Solace (2008)  •  Skyfall (2012)  •  Spectre (2015)
Non-EON films Barry Nelson Casino Royale (1954)
David Niven Casino Royale (1967)
Sean Connery Never Say Never Again (1983)
GoldenEye 007 (1997)  •  The World Is Not Enough (2000)  •  NightFire (2002)  •
Quantum of Solace (2008)  •  GoldenEye 007 (2010)  •  Blood Stone (2010)  •  007: Legends (2012)



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