This is Factory Entertainment’s prop replica of the laser weapon featured in the 1979 James Bond classic Moonraker
This is a highly detailed, highly authentic reproduction of the original laser prop that was created by EON Productions. EON’s archives were used to ensure this replica maintains the exact casting asymmetry of the original, including details that weren’t completely visible on screen. Factory Entertainment conducted exhaustive study and referenced hundreds of photographs, original production drawings and blueprints.
Triggers were deliberately omitted to allow actors wearing thick astronaut style gloves to use the props, and so this prop comes without a trigger for authenticity.
Backstory to the original Moonraker laser prop:
The laser prop is first seen being used by an MI6 operative disguised as a monk in a Brazilian field office. Many more of them are later seen during the climatic final battle sequence, both as hand held weapons and mounted onto US Marines’ space walk apparatus. The original props were resin and rubber with no moving parts. They were specially constructed for the film by the EON Productions prop department, and a large number of them were crafted. The body was constructed around a casting taken from an ‘Uzi’ machine gun. Various real world parts, including plumbing supplies, were then added to complete the fantasy look. Laser effects seen on screen were added later during post production using a complex and labor-intensive animation technique known as ‘rotoscoping’. Totally cutting edge at the time the process has been all but been replaced by modern digital effects today. The laser also featured heavily in the films marketing and promotion and is seen being wielded by Bond in the iconic illustrated poster artwork.
There’s no doubt that this replica is visually indistinguishable from the original. However, a heavier weight polyresin and an internal support frame have been employed on the replica to give it more heft and strength than the original.
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