Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy (1983)

“Mr. Bond is indeed a very rare breed — soon to be made extinct.”

After nearly outbidding an Afghan prince (Louis Jourdan) during the auction sale of a Faberge egg, James Bond (Roger Moore) tracks Jourdan and his companion (Kristina Wayborn) to India, where he meets a female jewelry smuggler named Octopussy (Maud Adams) who is unaware that Jourdan and his accomplice — a Soviet general (Steven Berkoff) — are working with twin circus knife throwers (Tony and David Meyer) to start an intentional nuclear “accident”.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Carnivals and Circuses
  • James Bond Films
  • Louis Jourdan Films
  • Nuclear Threat
  • Spies
  • Strong Females

Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this loose adaptation of “two Ian Fleming short stories, ‘Octopussy’ and ‘The Property of a Lady'” has “slow spots, little humor, and villains who aren’t nearly of the caliber of Dr. No, Goldfinger, or Blofeld” — and he points out it makes “the mistake of demeaning Bond by having him swing through the trees… emitting a Tarzan cry and having him hide in a gorilla suit and later disguise himself as a clown.”

Despite his complaints, however, Peary refers to this as “a fairly entertaining picture,” with a “sturdy performance by Moore” and “several exciting action sequences” — including Bond[‘s stunt double] surviving a truly miraculous number of near-death situations on the top of moving circus trains:

and some enjoyable girl-power when Octopussy’s red-clad posse show off their ninja moves. Meanwhile, Adams’ character is a worthy, relatively sympathetic lead female, not someone Bond needs to bring over to his side, and a powerful (albeit corrupt) businesswoman.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Maud Adams as Octopussy
  • Fine cinematography
  • Vibrant location shooting

Must See?
No, though it’s worth a one-time look.


3 thoughts on “Octopussy (1983)

  1. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Hugely entertaining round of Bondian fun with a great set of villains and plenty of exotic locations and fun characters. The action is spectacular, the score wonderful and it looks a peach. Lots of dry humour. One of the best Bonds for me so I would say it’s must see, however in the grand scheme of things it’s not a landmark in the series and as such isn’t must see.

  2. First viewing. For Bond fans only.

    Well-produced / photographed / directed… and still largely dull.

    But it does get my vote for most hilarious Bond title – and the ‘exciting’ conclusion is a bit unintentionally amusing.

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