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With just a few alterations "Moonraker" would be among the best Bond films, and easily the greatest of the Roger Moore era. The opening is fantastic, Lonsdale is an excellent villain, and Bond's investigation of Drax's plan at his estate and in Venice is extremely well done and intriguing. All of Bond's humor is on par with the rest of the films, even from the Connery era. Although "Moonraker" has a number of ugly flaws they could easily have been fixed on the cutting room floor. In fact, it wouldn't be too hard to make a fan edit that would greatly enhance the film since the main problems have nothing to do with the story but rather the stupid snippets of non-Bond humor tossed in and a couple of subplots. The only major, uncorrectable flaw is Lois Chiles's bad acting. My remedies that could've been dealt with by the editor (John Glen): (1) Excise the dopey moments of humor except the Bond repartee. Most notably, the human and animal reactions when Bond drives his gondola onto St. Mark's Square and the reaction of the coughing Venetian to the floating coffin (I think they should've filmed a more subtle reaction of a couple on holiday). Although these moments are really awful, they are few in number and don't merit the bad reputation this film has for this. (2) Eliminate completely the stupid romantic subplot with Jaws and the phony nerd blonde girl. (3) Remove the silly scene on the shuttle when Bond and Goodhead are observing the new master race of Hollywood fashion models. (4) Cut out the majority of the cheesy looking Star Wars cash-in ripoff space battle toward the end. Get rid of that stuff and you've got a great Bond film. Even as is, there are many more memorable and excellent scenes in "Moonraker" compared to "The Spy Who Loved Me" and any of the Connery films after "Goldfinger," for example. He should call it "I Was a Teenage Rapist." If successful it will be easy to come up with a natural title for the sequel. Seems to me more of a ripoff of Mindhunter above all else. The lead investigator appears directly modeled after Jonathan Groff's Holden Ford character. I'd love to dump a plane full of America's most rabid, feminist misandrists into the middle of Afghanistan and see what happens when they preach their gospel there. The only thing they'll agree with, prior to chopping of their arms, would be the hating of the white men part. Do feminists or LGBTQ people ever criticize any bigotry or misogyny among, say, black American men? I agree for the most part, except I think their home lives are (or can be) interesting even if just to break the monotony. It's even better if it ties into the meat of what drives the show. In Mindhunters, it is sometimes interesting to see how the personal relationships of the main FBI protagonists are affected by the nature of their work. However, I too get bored when too much time is devoted to it. It seems to get worse in subsequent seasons when the writers are clearly running out of ideas. Are there not enough interesting sociopath killers to fill up a dozen quality seasons? Jonathan Groff is a highlight of the show. I didn't know he was gay in real life before I started watching this series, nor did I feel there was something "off" about the Holden Ford character other than what the writers appeared to intend. Namely, that Ford is obsessive about his work to understand the mind of serial killers, and that he is prone to cold intellectualism that makes him seem clueless and naive on occasion when dealing with people and mundane social situations. I don't think there is anything especially gay about those characteristics. I've known plenty of straight guys, myself included to an extent, that talk and behave very similarly. I think Ford's character is very interesting for some of the very reasons that people seem to find off putting. Is Groff doing some great acting or is he more so just being himself? It doesn't matter to me. If the Ford character is awkward in his interactions with women because, or partly, Groff is gay, what does it really matter? I think it fits the character and ties well into the underlying theme that diving deeply into the minds of sociopaths has the potential to alter one's personal relations. Strive for more subtlety in your sarcasm. There are plenty of examples of horror/comedy that work very well, aside from the An American Werewolf in London. Examples that come to mind are: Reanimator Tremors Evil Dead 2 Fright Night (original) Creepshow Planet Terror Dead Alive Motel Hell Bubba Ho-Tep Scream I suppose Ghostbusters could qualify, but I consider that so far leaning toward comedy (and a good comedy) that I don't include it. I was joking, mainly. I think "molecular acid" is a meaningless term in this context, in that it doesn't really distinguish a weak acid from a strong one. You're right. I actually never noticed that until I read the subtitles on the Blu Ray rip that I have, which got the dialog right. In a well-known deleted scene Ripley stumbled on a cocooned Dallas, who begged her to kill him. I think she saw Brett too, but it wasn't clear if he was still alive. Lambert's first instinct was probably correct. View all replies >