Activision has unveiled the first of six James Bond movies to be adapted into 007 Legends, and it is none other than 1979's Moonraker. Infamous for being the most hated of the Bond films, Moonraker was a hastily-made cash-in on the Star Wars craze of a couple years earlier. It is considered embarrassing and cheesy even among the Roger Moore Bond flicks, which is saying something.
This new trailer, however, reveals a lot about 007 Legends. While we don't see Daniel Craig outright, the trailer promises the game will be "one Bond" in "six missions." It appears that Eurocom will be doing the same thing with these six movie missions that they did with GoldenEye two years ago: adapting them onto the modern 007 continuity starring Daniel Craig. While characters from Moonraker like Jaws and Hugo Drax seem mostly unchanged, the setting, action, weapons and gadgets have all seen a major update from their corny 70s origins.
While I'm a little bummed that we apparently won't being seeing the previous Bond actors--at least in single player--I have to say I'm glad they're modernizing the movies a little. Moonraker is probably the one that needs it the worst, and since Eurocom did such a fantastic job updating GoldenEye I know they can pull off Moonraker. This leads to some other speculation, however. Is this the only Roger Moore era movie they're adapting? Will they ignore On Her Majesty's Secret Service altogether? Will movies that have previously been adapted into games, like From Russia with Love and The World is not Enough get the Daniel Craig treatment? TWINE would be particularly interesting, considering Eurocom themselves made that into a game, starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond, back on the N64. Hopefully we'll see a lot more at E3.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOONRAKER UNVEILED AS ONE OF SIX
BOND MOVIE MISSIONS IN 007™ LEGENDS
Santa Monica, CA - May 22, 2012- Moonraker - the 11th movie in the Bond film franchise - is the first of the six classic Bond movie-inspired missions revealed in the recently announced 007™ Legends video game. Transporting aspiring secret agents to the well-known space port of billionaire industrialist, Hugo Drax, fans must rely on stealth and determine if they'll trust and align with questionable allies to infiltrate the orbiting evil lair and defeat one of the most iconic Bond henchmen - Jaws. The goal? Foil the enemy and destroy Drax's plans to poison the world.
A first-of-its-kind Bond video game, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline featuring six classic Bond movies to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet! As with the feature films, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, including Bond's signature Walther PPK, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond's quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen, perform impressive stunts, and of course...gorgeous Bond women.
Fans can check out a Moonraker gameplay trailer at www.007legends.com/social_media. For more intel about 007 Legends, visit the game's official Web site - www.007Legends.com - and Facebook page - www.facebook.com/007LegendsGame. Planned to launch on October 16, 2012, 007 Legends is being developed by Eurocom, under license from EON Productions Ltd. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (MGM) for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and download on Windows PC.