By 1979, the James Bond series was quite hale and hearty. The smash that was The Spy Who Loved Me had re-established the brand as one that was capable of mass global success; now, how to maintain the high?
The answer: outer space. Seemingly prompted by the unprecedented success of Star Wars, EON Productions decided to jettison the plans to make For Your Eyes Only the next film in the series, and turned their attentions instead to the science-fictionally-conducive Moonraker.
The producers, of course, said that this would be less a case of "James Bond does science-fiction" than of "James Bond does science fact," but if you believe that, you believe silly things. Speaking of which, remind me to tell you sometime about the wild night Maryam d'Abo and I shared back in 1994...
In any case, Moonraker was a truly out-there film, and remains such to this day. How will that translate in terms of our trusty Double-0 Rating?
Let's find out.