Extravagantly budgeted and filled with special effects, this film was a response to STAR WARS' success in 1977, and remained the biggest-budgeted James Bond film until 1995's GOLDENEYE. When a space shuttle is hijacked, Agent 007 (Roger Moore) is sent to investigate its maker, Drax Industries, in California. The trail of intrigue leads from there to Venice to Rio de Janeiro to a secret space station orbiting Earth, where Bond must prevent Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) and henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) from launching a genocidal scheme. While critical opinion was divided, Ken Adam's sets were universally praised, described by Jay Scott in The Globe and Mail as "high-tech Piranesi." DIR Lewis Gilbert; SCR Christopher Wood, from the novel by Ian Fleming; PROD Albert R. Broccoli. UK, 1979, color, 126 min. RATED PG
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