|After the $ucce$$ of Star Wars, everyone was going to outer space.... even James Bond!|
|Many cards, such as #77 (above), had plot|
points related to the action photo on the
Recently my mother came across a previously forgotten box of cards in her attic (sealed in a Ziploc bag) that included not just loose cards from collections of The Empire Strikes Back packs past, but also from a few less memorable entries in usually popular movie and television franchises. As a child of the late-Seventies and Eighties, Roger Moore was (and remains) my James Bond, and my entree to his adventures was the Star Wars influenced Moonraker (1979). While Moore's Bond was charismatic and debonair (at least to my 12 year old sensibilities), the villains were every bit as cool as Bond in my eyes.
|The title of the card, in combination with the grimacing assassin's face, says it all.|
|While others, such as #22, had parts of a|
larger poster that would be formed buy
collecting and combining the correct pieces.
Much less interested in action shots of Bond performing static stunts, I kept mostly those few cards featuring either Richard Kiel's Jaws, Draxx (the film's mastermind villain), or Chang, played by actor Toshiro Suga. Like many fans I had an affinity for the colorful henchmen, likely because they were comic book-y in both name and purpose. Of the Bond adversaries over the decades, Jaws continues to be a favorite due to Kiel's indelible portrayal of the giant with stainless steel teeth. Both menacing and occasionally sympathetic, this latter element was never more present than in Moonraker, wherein Jaws found love in space with Draxx's diminutive daughter, Dolly (Blanche Ravalec).
|One of my favorite cards: good to see Jaws happy!|
|Don't believe the hype, Jaws is hardly expendable!|