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It's 1954, Winston Churchill sends Bond undercover to protect Moonraker against possible treachery. Can the launch go ahead? Martin Jarvis directs Toby Stephens and a stellar cast.

Martin Jarvis directs this surprisingly up-to-date, all-star guided missile drama.

It's 1954 and British patriot Sir Hugo Drax (Samuel West) has built an atomic rocket, Moonraker, vital to Britain's defences. It's ready for a trial launch. But after a double-murder, James Bond (Toby Stephens) goes undercover at Moonraker's secret base. He and agent Gala Brand (Katherine Kingsley) discover possible treachery. Can they prevent a catastrophe?

Archie Scottney's compelling dramatization of Ian Fleming's novel is Jarvis and Ayres' seventh Bond on Radio 4. Janie Dee, John Standing and Julian Sands return as Moneypenny, M and Q. Jared Harris is Head of Special Branch, Patricia Hodge a hearty missile expert, Ian Ogilvy a BBC man, and Nigel Anthony is a Peter Lorre-inspired Krebs.

Sound design: Mark Holden
Specially composed music: Mark Holden and Mike Lopez
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

1 hour, 30 minutes


Role Contributor
James Bond Toby Stephens
Sir Hugo Drax Samuel West
Sir Winston Churchill John Baddeley
Moneypenny Janie Dee
'M' John Standing
'Q' Julian Sands
Vallance Jared Harris
Prof Train Patricia Hodge
Gala Katherine Kingsley
Basildon Nigel Anthony
Krebs Nigel Anthony
Meyer Simon de Deney
Dr Walter Simon de Deney
Trimble Simon de Deney
Movietone Jon Glover
Minister Jon Glover
Broadcaster Ian Ogilvy
Brevett Matthew Wolf
Countdown Darren Richardson
Captain Kenneth Danziger
Ian Fleming Martin Jarvis
Author Ian Fleming
Adaptor Archie Scottney
Director Martin Jarvis
Producer Rosalind Ayres


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