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James Bond film Moonraker features in Marvel's Black Widow

12 July, 2021

In the Marvel movie Black Widow, the main character Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, briefly watches the James Bond fim Moonraker - and there are a few other Bond links.

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Black Widow is a 2021 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. The film was directed by Cate Shortland from a screenplay by Eric Pearson, and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow.

In the film, we get to see Black Widow in a rare moment of downtime, drinking beer and watching the movie Moonraker. It is suggested that Black Widow has seen the film many times as she can recite dialogue from the Bond film.

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The scene shown in the film is when Drax speaks to Bond in his lair after Bond escaped the python attack.

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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow watches Moonraker in Black Widow
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There are a few similarities with the Moonraker's plot and the Black Widow film, including a space headquarters and skydiving scene.

According to the Black Widow writer Eric Pearson, a lot of debate went into which James Bond movie Natasha should be watching. According to an article on Uproxx.com, Eric Pearson said there was a deleted scene in which Natasha explains that, for her, watching James Bond is the same as how housewives watch The Real Housewives.

Several other actors in the Black Widow film have James Bond links. 

Olga Kurylenko was the main Bond girl Camille in the movie Quantum of Solace (2008), and actor David Harbour played CIA agent Gregg Beam in Quantum of Solace as well.

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David Harbour in Black Widow (left) and Quantum of Solace (right)

Actress Rachel Weisz, who appears in Black Widow as well, is married to James Bond actor Daniel Craig since 2011.

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Daniel Craig's wife Rachel Weisz in Black Widow
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And the costume designer of the film is Jany Temime, who also did the costumes for SkyFall.

Black Widow premiered on June 29, 2021 and was released in the United States on July 9 simultaneously in theaters and through Disney+ with Premier Access. Just like the Bond film No Time To Die, the film was delayed several times, from an original May 2020 release date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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