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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Roger Moore
Maud Adams
Louis Jourdan
Kristina Waybourn
Steven Berkoff
Vijay Amritraj.
Directors
John Glen.
Screenwriters
Ian Fleming
George MacDonald Fraser
Richard Maibaum
Michael G Wilson.
Running Time
126 minutes

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Octopussy
Catchily named 12th installment of the series, but one of Bond's weakest outings


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Plot
After 009 is assassinated while carrying a rare Faberge egg, 007 is sent to investigate. He discovers a smuggling operation, that leads to a renegade Soviet general aiming to instigate World War III.


Review

While this oft-forgotten Bond movie certainly suffers from an evidently ageing Roger Moore, a surfeit of daft postmoderny gags — former tennis ace Vijay Armitraj fighting off foes with a tennis racket; Bond quelling a tiger by shouting “Sit!” just like dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse— and a lack of focus for the villainy, there’s still a good plot at work here. Bond is fully occupied tracking the origins of the Faberge Egg to Maud Adams’ Octopussy (half villain, half Bond girl, great name) who is tied up with Kamal Kahn (slick Louis Jordan) and General Orlov (Steven Berkoff, yawn) who are plotting world domination or somesuch.

John Glenn has got it well-organised in its globe spanning (Berlin, India, the East German border country) building up a fair head of tension with all the familiar Bond ploys: disarming a ticking atomic bomb dressed in a clown suit, knife throwing twins, a scowling henchman with a kid of razor-edged Frisbee thing. The ending sags, with too much silly Q business, but makes up for it with an army of acrobatic babes in skin-tight lyrca.


Verdict
One for the die hards. The saving grace here is a knowing sense of humour so lacking in its predecessor, For Your Eyes Only.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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RE: Octopussy

My review from lywoodbitchslap.comp; an Connery, Roger Moore should have quit as Bond after his fifth film. 'For Your Eyes Only' was his finest performance as Bond, and its melancholic atmosphere would have been an ideal way to bow out. Instead he carried on and carried on the inconsistent trend that his Bond films had. One would be great, the next sucked, the next great, the next not so great etc. 'For Your Eyes Only' was great so guess what? 'Octopussy' was yet another backwards step./b]&nb... More

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Posted by matty_b at 08:53, 13 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

L: mackey Competes with Moonraker and Die Another Day for the title of worst Bond of all time I reckon. ally agree,just so little to even say about it even the theme song is dire. ... More

Posted by evil bill at 19:06, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

Not a great Bond movie but a very enjoyable one,this mostly continues the serious tone of the previous series entry For Your Eyes Only but throws in some Moonraker silliness  ing in some jarring shifts in tone.  Fairly laidback for the first two thirds and then making up for it with a thrilling final third full of action and tension  ows in all the tried and tested elements,while  Roger Moore has his lightweight  but-serious-when-needed Bond down to a tee ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:35, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

I have adored this movie for ages since I found it so fun on my first viewing. I just re-watched it, and though it has dated somewhat (after 25 years I guess its only to be expected), it still rates higher than a number of the other Bonds. The opening pre-credit sequence is still a joy to watch, and the locales and production design are first-rate. Most of the humour is well done, though some bits (the Tarzan yell in particular) would undoubtedly leave many rolling their eyes. It... More

Posted by Bloke from Oz at 13:39, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

L: Kylesolo Watched this again recently, Did not enjoy it as much as i used to, but is still a lot of fun. ints]nique plot which hasnt been rehashed from another bond film ul Indian locations eems to be enjoying himself silly jokes there is some genuinly chilling sequences such as when the twins chase the double O dressed as  a clown aw re Credit Sequence han is funny ly gets some Poontangad Points]th worst and least memorable theme tunes and credit sequence s gett... More

Posted by broonie at 13:37, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

Watched this again recently, Did not enjoy it as much as i used to, but is still a lot of fun. ints]nique plot which hasnt been rehashed from another bond film ul Indian locations eems to be enjoying himself silly jokes there is some genuinly chilling sequences such as when the twins chase the double O dressed as  a clown aw re Credit Sequence han is funny ly gets some Poontangad Points]th worst and least memorable theme tunes and credit sequence s getting on a bit An... More

Posted by Kylesolo at 12:44, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

One of my fav Bond films and possibly Roger's finest. Loved the way Bond starts the trail with a seemingly inocuous art fraud/fake scheme and the trail leads ultmately to a planned nuclear attack. Always felt a tad more realistic to me than spaceshuttlles, volcanoes, and some of the more OTT baddies world domination plans.   And Steven Berkoff (hammy or not) is a legend!!! ... More

Posted by Ginger Tony at 10:04, 12 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

The most fun Bond movie. No wonder most critics don't like it. ... More

Posted by Mason Verger at 16:19, 10 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

t-forgotten Bond movie p; Sadly it's not oft-forgotten by german television planners. It's on at leat once every 2-3 months!   re other Bond films, you know!!!!!!p; rant over... ... More

Posted by grucl at 13:46, 10 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

L: mackey Competes with Moonraker and Die Another Day for the title of worst Bond of all time I reckon. The worst bond is either Casino Royale or Diamonds Are Forever. Octopussy is a fun romp, very much the kids movie addition to the series. ... More

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Posted by Monkeyshaver at 12:47, 10 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Moores best ( for me anyway)

L: mrdoom14 This is Moores best bond outing for me. I thought most of the Moore franchise was weak, poor and needed editing and Moore is rubbish as James Bondthink Octopussy is the only good thing to come out of the Moore franchise. Roger Moore may be rubbish as bond but Octopussy is a hugely entertaining film with a neat script and good one liners. The baddies were decent, theres a great story, a nice bond girl and lots of great actiion momments. I like the train scene, the near end momm... More

Posted by t_bell at 13:53, 09 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

Competes with Moonraker and Die Another Day for the title of worst Bond of all time I reckon. ... More

Posted by mackey at 14:56, 08 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Octopussy

This is a real disappointment after the lean, mean and trim "For Your Eyes Only". The bloat has set in with an overly convoluted plot and a clearly-far-too-old Roger Moore smarming his way around India and Germany. The action setpieces are great - the train sequence and the hair-raising climax outside an airborne plane - but there's a lot wrong here too. Adams makes hardly any impression as Octopussy. She's supposed to be a strong, confident woman but she totally melts into Roger's arms after h... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 00:48, 08 June 2008 | Report This Post


Octopussy

This film is quite enjoyable, a really fun film to watch. Moore looks like he is having a laugh, just really continuing what he is remembered for as Bond. The film in a whole is a daft slpastick adventure with great set pieces and action sequences. The problem with this fim is the other members of the cast, this boast a truely unrememorable villian and plot. The quips come fast and good. Another unrememborable thing about this film is the song. I can't really blame them though, you really can't ... More

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Posted by Bond at 15:51, 12 May 2007 | Report This Post


Moores best ( for me anyway)

This is Moores best bond outing for me. I thought most of the Moore franchise was weak, poor and needed editing and I think Moore is rubbish as James Bond but I think Octopussy is the only good thing to come out of the Moore franchise. Roger Moore may be rubbish as bond but Octopussy is a hugely entertaining film with a neat script and good one liners. The baddies were decent, theres a great story, a nice bond girl and lots of great actiion momments. I like the train scene, the near end momment ... More

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Posted by mrdoom14 at 11:29, 20 April 2007 | Report This Post



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