Octopussy (1983)

James Bond is sent to investigate after a fellow “00” agent is found dead with a priceless Fabergé egg. James Bond follows the mystery and uncovers a smuggling scandal and a Russian General who wants to provoke a new World War.

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 ago

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 ago

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 ago

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