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Octopussy (1983)

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Action & Adventure movie directed by John Glen

Roger Moore was nearing the end of his reign as James Bond when he madeOctopussy, and he looks a little worn out. But the movie itself infuses some new blood into the old franchise, with a frisky pace and a pair of sturdy villains. Maud Adams--who'd … see full wiki

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Director: John Glen
1 review about Octopussy (1983)

Rather underrated Bond flick

  • Jan 3, 2005
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+3
By 1983, it didn't take a genius to figure out that Roger Moore was nearing the end of his time as James Bond. But as "Octopussy" demonstrates, at fifty-five years old Moore was still as suave as ever.

Referencing Ian Fleming's short story "Octopussy", the twelfth screen adventure of 007 is partially based on another of Fleming's tales, "The Property of a Lady", and is partially entirely new material. The story involves James Bond investigating the death of agent 009, and the origin of a Faberge Egg found with the body. The trail leads Bond across India and Russia, and Bond eventually discovers a plan to begin a third World War.

The Bond adventures had been getting sillier and sillier ever since "The Man With the Golden Gun" in 1979 - the peak of the goofy craze being "Moonraker" - and in 1981 the producers opted to go back to a more serious Bond for "For Your Eyes Only". "Octopussy" has the mood just about right - serious, but occasionally silly as well. Only once does it go over the edge - when 007 releases a Tarzan scream in the Indian jungle.

There's some good thrills in this film, directed by frequent Bond director John Glen. The best of which is probably the short, but grabbing pre-title sequence, which involves 007 in a mini-plane to escape from an enemy base. There's another score by John Barry - who was also reaching the end of his Bond adventures - which doesn't live up to what we've come to expect from Barry. Louis Jordan makes a very nice, albeit ferret-faced villain, while Maud Adams returns to play the title character.

All in all, I find "Octopussy" to be a good, quite entertaining, and rather underrated Bond adventure. Next up was Roger Moore's final (and not a moment too soon) outing as Bond: "A View to a Kill".

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