Moonraker Plot, The
-Jaws biting through the cable car wire is now gone. I moved the thug knocking out the control room worker to right as Bond and Goodhead get on the cable car so it looks like the reason the cable car stops is because the thug stopped it. Jaws appears as his cable car is approaching Bond's now.
-Some of the real chessy Bond lines have been taken out (“Play it again, Sam” – “He was a real pain in the neck”)
-The gondola chase is now gone. It was way way too silly, even for a Roger Moore Bond.
-Sorry Jaws, but no girlfriend for you.
-Jaws will still help Bond at the end, but he will meet his demise on the space station)
-Close Encounters 5 note motif has been replaced with a standard beeping sound for the keypad
-No Magnificent Seven theme.
-The laser gun that melts the mannequin's head is gone
-I forget her name now, but the first girl that helps Bond in Drax's office dies offscreen, but her screams are heard
-You won't be able to see Bond's camera saying 007 on it when he is taking pictures of Drax's blueprints.
-Completely rescored the cable car fight
-Rescored the speed boat chase as well as removed Jaws from the chase completely
-Jaws will not be going through a metal detector at the airport
-Less time in between Bond shooting Drax at the end and throwing him out into space
-Bond doesn’t knee Jaws in his groin (which meant removing the metallic impact sound)
-Jaws doesn’t flap his arms as he falls during the opening freefall
There are probably more that I’m not thinking of at the moment.
This is a tough one for me. As a Bond fan I can enjoy all eras of 007 - including even the so-called "cheesy" Roger Moore period. So, whilst I fully acknowledge that Moonraker took it to the extreme (double taking pigeons anyone?), the one thing which always kept me entertained was Moore's one-liners. He's the best at delivering them and I have to say that the amount which have been cut in the edit is a little disappointing (and not just Moore's humorous quips are gone - some others too from other characters are sorely missing). However, the purpose of this edit is to cut back on as much as the over the top style nature of the piece as possible, so in that musiced certainly succeeds.
Most of the visual edits work a treat, but audio-wise I feel this is a bit less consistent. The added music is at times somewhat ill-fitting (the cable car fight just doesn't work for me) and the replaced key-entry beep sound effects are way too loud. Perhaps a small criticism, but I really think this could have been caught by musiced when he was checking the edit back and adjusted.
By far the best piece of this edit is the much discussed speed boat chase. Very nicely done and the use of White Knight from David Arnold's Tomorrow Never Dies actually works a treat. I'm not sure I would have totally removed Jaws from the scene though, as when Bond meets him soon after, Jaws is clearly soaked through and we have no idea why.
I'm also not sure of cutting the "space battle". As over the top as the scene is, there's some terrific model work going on and the outlandish nature of that scene is so much fun. I was also surpised to see what is probably the worst product placement in Bond history left totally intact (7-up, Marlboro and British Airways all in the space a few frames).
However, I did have fun watching the edit. On the whole it's well edited and does present what it sets out to achieve in making a more serious, less cheesy take on Moonraker. Maybe I just like my Moore a little more humorous and cheesy than other people do?
A great improvement! Already stated by reviewers are the many positive ways in which MusicEd921 trimmed the original. I can only concur in the brilliant re-edit/re-scoring of the boat scene. Vastly improved and to me the highlight of the movie. All cuts and trims are done with care—the gondola and Jaws the Smitten are easily forgotten! Great editing overall.
Audio is also good across the board, though I didn't particularly like the re-scoring of the cable-car scene. It didn't fit the slow and rather poor action sequence (no fault to MusicEd921). Other than that, the only thing out of place is the (overly) loud keypad sound.
Definitely my preferred version of Moonraker. Great job, MusicEd921!
Been a while since I watched the original so was coming into this with a clean-ish slate.
I had forgotten how silly it all was but bravo to MusicEd921 for eliminating my main gripe of the 'Jaws in love' sub-plot. Now Jaws is restored to being the formidable foe of TSWLM, being manipulated by Bond out of self-interest but rightly meets his comeuppance. I thought the cable car scene seemed to end rather abruptly but can't remember the original, so can't say if there was something that had to be cut there.
Gondola chase - didn't even notice it was gone!
Scene where Bond follows Goodhead again seemed like it jumped but don't know why.
Fight scenes mostly poor - not much can be done with what's available.
Speed boat chase was good although it felt like it belonged in a full re-edit rather than a fanfix. I'd like to see more of that though; can the pedestrian original be edited in a modern style?
What else...nothing really stood out; watching it again did make me realise how sloppy the whole original production was. Essentially it was TSWLM in space done to pander to the Sci-Fi mania of the day. The craziest thing is that in 1979 it was the number 1 worldwide box office draw so who are we to argue!
All-in-all good edit. Makes a poor movie a little more serious and faster paced but it's impossible to eliminate every stupid scene.
Now, on to View to a Kill...
I liked this a lot; MusicEd921 has done a really good job putting this together and removing some of the more frustrating elements of the movie;
A few notes
1. I've actually had this for an age and kept forgetting to watch it; glad I finally got round to it; definitely worth it
2. I have 2 minor quibbles; Firstly the editing of Corinne's death; that's one fo the darkest scenes in the movie and is beautifully scored by Barry; I would have liked to have seen that stay
Secondly; I love the editing of the boat chase and don't mind the removal of the 007 theme, but would have liked another Barry piece in it's place, as good as Arnolds work on TND is, the style just doesn't fit as well as a Barry piece would've..
These are minor quibbles over what was an excellent edit;
I should also add, I love Moonraker, it's actually one of my fave Bond pics, but I absolutely think that it suffers from the overuse of humor/silliness that damaged a number of Moore's Bond pics (and Diamonds Are Forever as well)
Good work MusicEd921!!
Fantastic edit--this is what a James Bond edit should be. Concise, to the point and serious enough to be genuinely believable. Really great work Ed, replaces my copy of Moonraker