“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
- 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
No, though it’s worth a one-time look.