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Moonraker Bay: What does Port St Lucie, Fl have to do with James Bond?

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No Time to Die is currently in theaters throughout the city but did you know that Port St Lucie has its own connection to the famed spy series?

The land that sits where the Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens used to have a different name. Moonraker Bay. This is not a coincidence. Back in the 70’s when scouting for locations to film scenes based in the amazon producers for the Bond film “Moonraker” found their amazon right here in the North fork of the St Lucie River.

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Moonraker promotional posterWikipedia

The film has Bond looking for the villain’s research facility in the Amazon that produces a nerve gas that is deadly to humans and is chased along the river in speed boats in a dramatic scene.

Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to play Bond, was not injured in this as stuntmen did all the action while boats were getting blown up on the river. The scene only lasts around 30 seconds but it will last forever in St Lucie’s history.

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Speedboat chase scene filmed on the North Fork of the St Lucie RiverPort St Lucie Historical Society

Moonraker came out in 1979 and was a big hit. I wonder how many people here saw it knowing that part of it was filmed in their own backyards.

You can find the footage in the film or online, but please do not try to recreate the action yourselves as it is a no-wake zone and you could be fined or hurt one of the manatees who share the water with us.

You can find this and more interesting history at the Port St Lucie Historical Society https://pslhistory.org/. They are restoring two historic homes right on the site of what was once Moonraker Bay next to the Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens at 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 .

This is not the only time Port St Lucie has made it on the screen in some form.Do you know of any time Port St Lucie was used in film or television? Let us know in the comments!

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