Moonraker: The LS Cut

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A Bond adventure that is out of this world!
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Original Release Date:
1979
Original Running Time:
126
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Fanedit Running Time:
118
Time Cut:
8
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Brief Synopsis:
Moonraker is the film that famously sent Bond to outer space. After the success of The Spy Who Loved Me, the producers wanted to go one step further and go even bigger. That, combined with the obvious influence felt by successful films like Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, led to one of the most successful but divisive films in the series' long history.
Intention:
The intention with the LS Cut is to reign in some of the more ridiculous moments, such as the redundant Gondola chase (double taking pigeons anyone?), remove the terrible product placement and the weird insistence of the producers to reference other films (such as Close Encounters, Magnificent Seven). Some of the more cringe-worthy one-liners are gone too, but fear not, this is still very much a Roger Moore 007 movie which still has his charm and elegance running through the picture. Also, I've attempted to make Jaws more a threatening presence, rather than the clumsy idiot from the theatrical cut. Think of the LS Cut as more of a refocusing, to showcase what is a very entertaining story which is literally out of this world.
Special Thanks:
Musiced921
Sophie Welch
BionicBob
Toodles
and everyone who has shown an interest in the edit on the forum
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary
Cuts and Additions:
- Trimmed opening sequence, removing the comedy moments where Jaws’ parachute fails and he flaps around like a bird. He no longer falls into the Circus tent, with the scene ending and progressing into the title sequence, as Bond pulls his parachute cord to escape.
- Title sequence reframed so that it is in the correct aspect ratio matching the rest of the film
- When Bond is taking pictures of Drax’s plans he has taken out of the safe, have removed the close ups which show his miniature camera has 007 printed on it
- Removed the entire Gondola chase
- Added music from John Barry’s Diamonds are Forever score, to the scene where Bond is trying to enter Drax’s secret laboratory. Also removed the “close encounters” theme that plays when the security code is entered
- Removed Roger Moore’s quip “Play it Again Sam” after Chang falls to his death and crashes into a piano
- Jaws no longer bites the cable during the cable car scene. Music also added from John Barry’s Diamonds are Forever soundtrack during the earlier part of this sequence
- When the cable car carrying Jaws crashes, have removed all comedy elements and the scene where he meets and falls in love with Dolly straight away. Now Dolly is just seen as another worker for Drax, and there are hints that she has feelings for Jaws, and vice versa when they arrive together on Drax’s space station later in the film
- Cut all production placement during the fight in the ambulance, and added more John Barry music
- Removed The Magnificent Seven theme and replaced with John Barry music as Bond is on horseback and travelling to meet up with Q and M. Involves sound replacement work.
- Music added and rescored existing music during the speedboat chase, utilising the track “007” from the From Russia With Love soundtrack and also added the James Bond Theme as Bond escapes the waterfall in the hang glider. Also removed the over the top moments which make Jaws look silly (i.e. him ripping out the steering wheel of the boat)
- After Bond survives his encounter with the snake and then meets Drax, have removed the quip “I discovered he had a crush on me”
- After Bond places an explosive using his casio watch as a detonator, have removed his line “Bang on time”
- With Bond and Goodhead in the shuttle and viewing the human cargo they are carrying, after he states “and the animals went in two by two”, have removed Goodhead’s reply “What do you mean by that?”… reason for cutting this is that it’s pretty obvious that Bond is referring to Noah’s Ark and it makes Goodhead seem less intelligent
- Removed the brief fight that Bond and Jaws have on board the space station, so that we don’t have the scene where Bond kicks Jaws in the “metal” balls. Now Bond and Goodhead are just caught be Jaws and taken away
- Trimmed some of the laser battle out in space
- After Bond has taken care of Drax by forcing him out of the airlock, have removed his line to Holly that “He had to fly”
- Jaws still helps Bond and Goodhead escape, but the scenes where he speaks to Dolly and they have champagne together have been cut. Oh, and Jaws and Dolly get to live in this edit
- End credits reframed so that it matches the aspect ratio of the rest of the film
Trailer


Art of Fanediting


Before and After - Product Placement Removal and Adding Music


Bond saves the world - version 2

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3 reviews
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9.8
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10.0(3)
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10.0(3)
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10.0(3)
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9.7(3)
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LastSurvivor has done it again! Moonraker was a film that I thought would never achieve a mild serious fan edit due to it's intentional comedic tone. The removal of Jaw's goofy moments thankfully maintain his viciousness like his appearance in TSWLM and the removal of certain puns also help strengthen some seriousness. A few additions of John Barry's work from other Bond films fit perfectly in some scenes that originally were silent or had music that didn't feel fitting. Overall, this is an excellent Roger Moore edit and I recommend you to give it a watch if you never liked Moonraker.

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(Updated: March 21, 2021)
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9.5
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Better than the original, I'll probably never watch that in its entirety again (unless I decide to edit it, feel inspired by LastSurvivor). I still nod off once on board the space station, but edit is paced well enough to hold my attention and be entertained. The Jaws and Dolly cuts were fairly amusing, and the best you can do with those scenes while preserving Jaws character turn.

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A really enjoyable edit of the infamous Moonraker that shows there's a fun movie in there, buried beneath the embarrassing stuff. To be honest I would have liked to see a few more extensive cuts - especially with terrible ADR'd dialogue throughout - but I appreciate that these probably weren't possible.

There's also a really cool commentary with LastSurvivor explaining his choices.

Perfect video and audio editing throughout. Highly recommended for fans of Moore-era Bond.
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