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Siskoid

Octopussy is the one with the Faberge eggs. Also, the one with that title. Also, the first complete Bond I ever saw. To me, it's a crystallization of the Roger Moore Bond formula, with a return to jokeyness and an approach that values set pieces over actual plot. There's a pretty aimless hour in the center of the film where Bond goes to India to meet his leading lady, who doesn't really get to do much except try to out-Galore Pussy Galore (complete with uniformed Amazons). With the amount of screen time Maud Adams gets, it's difficult to justify her character getting the title. The final set piece, featuring awesome stunt work on the fuselage of a flying plane is largely anti-climax with the real villain already defeated and dead. An Octopus cult? A Circus of Crime? Octopussy sort of wastes these high concept ideas too. And yet, as a collection of set pieces, it's fun and dynamically shot.
4 years 5 months ago
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Earring72

Was the first Bond movie that i saw in the cinema and the Bond movie that i've problably seen the most. And also still one of my favorites.

Great action, fun, adventure and locations. The Tarzan yell is completely terrible though....
4 years 9 months ago
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jktomas

Where does the hate come from? It's a solid Bond film in my opinion. Sure there are clowns, yo-yo saw, Bond does Tarzan scream, wears gorilla suit, wears crocodile suit and drives on railroad tracks with a car. But apart from that it's not that silly, I'd even say it's more serious than the previous one and far more serious that Moonraker.
5 years 5 months ago
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CinemaDump

John Glen returns to direct his second James Bond installment after For Your Eyes Only. What was great about FYEO was that it was a return to a more simple storyline and a grittier feel after the Moonraker fiasco. Octopussy appears to have an even simpler story but that's not really the case once the curtains are fully pulled back. What's changed this time around is how much Bond humour there is (too much!) and the complete absence of any real grit. So basically everything that was good has changed.

It's really a shame because For Your Eyes Only really was a great recovery. There still is a touch of the old spy-thriller feel in Octopussy as there was in FYEO but there's just this unhealthy injection of too much humour and one-liners. Is it the addition of George MacDonald Fraser as a third writer that caused this? Is it an attempt at hiding the general uninterestingness that plagues Octopussy in general? Who knows, but there's definitely something wrong.

Our story begins with Agent 009 sneaking out of a circus in East Berlin. He is being chased by two knife throwers who are able to semi-succeed at delivering the killing blow. 009 makes it to an English embassy before succumbing to his injuries with a fake Fabergé egg in his possession. MI6 are called in and Bond is asked to piece together why there would be a fake Fabergé egg at all and why the real one is about to go on sale at an auction.

There is plenty of action as there should be in a Bond movie but none of it is particularly exciting. The story takes place mostly in Delhi, India which is interesting I suppose because it gives the chance for Bond to be involved in a chase involving rickshaws. This is meant to be like the Citroen 2CV chase from FYEO but the effect isn't the same. It's meant to be a simpler chase without any Bond gadget-porn but with all the jokes, it's just ruined.

The scenes which are meant to be fun just aren't and the overdose of jokes and one-liners doesn't help. Some of the one-liners are actually pretty good but it's mostly hit or miss. What's strange is that there seems to be this Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom vibe going on because of the fact that Octopussy is set in India. Octopussy came out first but it also does a fair amount of India gross-out scenes, albeit not as much as Temple of Doom did. There's a dinner scene where an entire sheep head is served to 007 as well as a couple of scenes where some creepy crawlies getting under his skin. It's definitely a weird coincidence. The worst joke in the entire film though is a ridiculous reference to George of the Jungle that should never have seen the light of day.

All the characters besides Bond aren't really all that interesting either. Especially compared to For Your Eyes Only which had a great group of supporting characters. I don't really like Maud Adams as the main Bond girl and Louis Jourdan's character Kamal doesn't get many opportunities to be particularly evil. Kamal's sidekick Gobinda (Kabir Bedi) is just comically gruff and there are never any really gritty fights between him and James Bond. He seems like a tough customer but never gets the chance to show it.

The opening segment is alright but it also has just a couple too many jokes. The opening credits? They almost seem like satire because basically every single design involves the female form and the 007 gun logo. You could seriously see these credits with a change of music being ideal for a joke about how James Bond opening credits usually are. In the end, Octopussy is the perfect Bond film to accuse of being a spoof of the series and it's too bad. There are some nice elements here and there but with the overload of jokes, Octopussy is more bad than it is boring.

5.5/10
5 years 5 months ago
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danisanna

Good Bond film. Funny, witty and action-packed. Roger Moore isn't as charming as the other Bonds but he's a good Bond nonetheless.
6 years 2 months ago
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AlexCoel

One of my top favourites! But then again I rock in this movie :D

Honestly though, I have always loved Bond movies and this one is not exception!
3 years 4 months ago
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Dhanya

Definitive Bond film
4 years 6 months ago
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