Moonraker (1979) (part 13 of 14)

They go to an area with the prerequisite two inept guards. Holly works her mojo on one of them, flashing him a nice smile. Given Lois Chiles’ emotional range in this film, it’s a wonder the smile doesn’t cause her face to peel off. She gets the guard close and slugs him in the jaw. She subdues him quickly, and then the other guard gets a punch in the face from 007, because I guess it just wouldn’t be right for Bond to stand there and watch. At this point, a rather tired action movie cliché is anointed with a straightforward question getting a surprising, supposedly humorous answer.

Bond: Where did you learn to fight like that, NASA?
Holly: No, Vassar.

Hmm, I think I preferred the Broken Arrow version of that joke. In fact, I’d rather be watching that movie right now instead of this one.

2012 Comments: And by sheer coincidence, I recapped it for the site last year!

Bond yanks out a random cable while Holly actually does something productive, namely deactivating the RJS. Sadly enough, this is the only time that Chiles appears animated. Not to where you really notice it, but still!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Moonraker (1979)

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