Moonraker (1979) (part 4 of 14)

They end up in the centrifuge training room, where there’s a machine that simulates the G-forces experienced during takeoff. Goodhead straps Bond in and assures him that he’ll be safe. She informs him that twenty Gs is the machine’s maximum, but that would be fatal. Three is normal for takeoff, and most people pass out at seven.

Bond: You make a great salesman.
Holly: Come on, Mr. Bond. A seventy year old can take three Gs.
Bond: Yes, except that there’s a never a seventy year old around when you really need one!

Bond is feeling less than confident in the training machine, even after being told of a “chicken switch” that will immediately stop it. Chang appears and tells Dr. Goodhead that Drax wants to talk to her. Holly leaves and Chang takes over for the regular instructor in the control room. He switches some random plugs and the session begins. We quickly cut to Holly, who reports to Drax that they’re taking good care of Bond. Irony can be so ironic, can’t it?

(Note: It’s rather hard for me to make any smart-ass remarks about this sequence, as it’s one of the few scenes in the film that is flawless.)

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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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