Moonraker (1979) (part 7 of 14)

Bond parks the gondola outside the Venini Glass factory and gets inside by picking a lock. Amazingly enough, this is one of the few scenes that doesn’t require Bond to use a gadget. It’s amazing because the rest of the film has a long line of tired, laborious, stupid (as seen above) devices that test the patience of even the most fervent fan. But back to the movie.

Bond enters a hallway and finds a door that requires a combination to be pressed on a keypad. Bond hides in another room as he hears footsteps. A scientist, who looks like Mr. Nash, a drama teacher I had in high school, goes to the door and presses the code. In another bit of Komedy!, the sound of the code is the alien tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Yeah.

2012 Comments: Oh brother, a reference to an old high school teacher? What’s next, wistful memories of Lake Wobegon? Thank god my tendency to turn into Garrison Keillor lasted only one recap. Nowadays, I limit my self-indulgent references to things you can buy on Amazon. Which doesn’t count as limiting at all, really, when you think about it.

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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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