James Bond in Space
The sudden and dramatic success of "Star Wars" in 1977 turned the entire motion picture industry on its heels. Suddenly, the only cool place to be was in outer space. As evidenced by the tag line at the end of "The Spy Who Loved Me," the Eon producers had no inkling that science fiction would become so hot, so they innocently proclaimed that the next James Bond film would be "For Your Eyes Only." Adapting quickly, they hurriedly got together a script, inserted the same henchman ("Jaw" played by Richard Kiel), and concocted a fantastic story about a billionaire (what else) determined to take over the world by destroying it. "Moonraker" had a bad reputation for a long time after its release, but its reputation has recovered somewhat as time has gone on. It really is a harmless piece of fluff, and it did quite well at the box office.
By now, Roger Moore was firmly established as James Bond. The double features previously had paired "Live and Let Die" and "The Spy Who Loved Me," but now they mixed it up and paired "Moonraker" with "The Man With The Golden Gun."