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Moonraker (1979)
 
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This is one of silliest Bond movies with a diabolical but uncharismatic bad guy, Hugo Drax. But Bond jumps out of a plane without a parachute, has sex in space, and fights a giant python, so I can't really complain. Drax is an evil industrialist with an army of beautiful women in skimpy white dresses, and a fleet of space shuttles that take an army of astronauts to a giant space station that nobody knows about because it uses radar-blocking technology. Drax is not just seeking wealth and power like most Bond villains, he's planning on killing everybody on Earth, then re-populating the planet with his master race.

Bond (Roger Moore) is suspicious of one of Drax's staff, Dr. Holly Goodhead, so he breaks into her hotel room and discovers she's a CIA agent with standard CIA equipment, including a perfume bottle flame-thrower and a syringe full of poison disguised as a writing pen.

Bond flies to Brazil where he escapes from a speedboat as it sails over a waterfall, hang gliding to safety. He follows a woman into an ancient temple that leads to an underground building, stopping next to a pool with a waterfall. He stands on a large stone as several of Drax's women appear and stand around the pool like models in a photoshoot. Then the stone tilts, dumping Bond into the water. He is startled to see a large python in the water. He swims to the edge and tries to get out, but the snake grabs him, wrapping itself around his body. Bond wrestling with the python is intercut with close-ups of the women's mildly amused faces as they watch the struggle. (I don't know why their perspective matters here. They're probably just more interesting to look at than the silly fake snake-wrestling.) We see a pen in Bond's shirt pocket which he takes out and extends a long needle. (He must have stolen Holly's pen.) He sticks the needle into the snake's neck then leaves the python in the water. He swims to the edge of the pond where he is met by his nemesis Jaws, followed by Hugo Drax and his henchmen. Drax scolds Bond for once again thwarting his plan to kill him in an amusing way. Drax then asks Bond a very stupid question - why did he break off the encounter with Drax's pet python? (In other words - why didn't he let the snake kill him?) Bond replies with one of the many terrible puns used in the movie - "I discoverred he had a crush on me."

We see a real live large python (a reticulated python from Asia that shouldn't be in South America) in the water and wrestling with a stunt man. Then we see Roger Moore pretending to wrestle with and kill a large artificial snake that's painted much more yellow. The difference is glaringly obvious. Then they cut back to the stunt man and the live snake in the water as Bond swims to shore.

The snake has been described on one of the Bond sites as an Anaconda, but Drax clearly calls it his pet python.

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