10 Movies That Abandoned The Source Material (For The Better)

10. Moonraker

United Artists

Frankly, we could put all of the James Bond movie adaptations on this list if we felt particularly lazy. If you ever sit down to watch them and find them rather sexist, racist, homophobic, and overly romantic about British imperialism, then...you're completely right, but the books are worse.

But one of the funniest departures from the source material came from Moonraker. Essentially the Bond franchise's answer the star wars, besides a few cool elements, it was not greeted with the same enthusiasm. But at least it wasn't the book, a debbie downer cold war slog of a book that didn't even feature one laser gun. Plenty of sexism though, so at least we have that.

On top of that, it's almost hilarious how - no matter how bland an actor they got to play Bond in each movie, they all had more charisma and charm than their book counterpart.

In short, Moonraker is a fun little spy thriller that departed from its depressing roots for some summertime fun. Who can fault it for that?


John Tibbetts likes talking about movies and video games.