A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
George Lazenby steps into the role of James Bond and is sent on his first mission. For help with Draco, he must become very close friends with his daughter, Tracy, and heads off to hunt down Ernst Stavro Blofeld one more time. This takes him to Switzerland, where he must pose as Sir Hilary Bray to find out the secret plan of Blofeld. The facility is covered with Blofeld's guards as well as his hench-woman, Irma Bunt. What has Blofeld got in mind this time? Can Bond keep up this act for much longer? Are ANY Bond girls safe? Written by
The revolving restaurant shown in the movie (on the mountain called Schilthorn above Muerren, Switzerland) has monitors which play continuous loops of the ski scenes featuring the location. See more »
The barn with the two ponies is clearly down in a valley, with metalled roads and the possibility of a post-office, yet when they leave on skis they're way way up among the snowy peaks. See more »
I've been saying for years, sir, that our special equipment is obsolete. And now, computer analysis reveals an entirely new approach: miniaturization. For instance, radioactive lint. When placed in an opponent's pockets, the anti-personnel and location fix seems fairly obvious.
What we want is a location fix on 007.
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During the opening credits, images are shown of Bond girls and villains. (This is the first Bond movie since Goldfinger to feature previous movies' footage in its credits.) Specifics are as follows. *First Set. *Honey Ryder from Dr. No (1962), standing on the beach. *Dr. No from the same, in front of his underground aquarium. *Tatiana Romanova from From Russia with Love (1963), messing around with her hair. *Pussy Galore from Goldfinger (1964), in the barn scene. *Second Set. *The title character from Goldfinger. *Assorted Bond girls from the Goldfinger (1964) / Thunderball (1965) era. *The "Flaming Car Crash" scene from Thunderball (1965). *Third set. *Emilio Largo, the main villain from Thunderball. *Aki, Kissy Suzuki, and a swordsman from You Only Live Twice (1967). *Blofeld's volcano lair exploding from the end of the same. Note the strategic absence of Blofeld from You Only Live Twice, as Blofeld is played by a different actor in this film. See more »
Forget all the discussion about why George Lazenby had only one outing as James Bond and appreciate this for what it is: a perfect adventure film to delight in when wanting something to relate to either in deepest winter around Christmas time or else when the weather is sunny and things are so different.
This film transcends so much of the other Bond material: it has wit and humour without the cartoonishness of other films, a James Bond who is capable of tenderness unlike the brutal thug that is Daniel Craig's characterisation, a genuine central romance and tragedy which pulls at the heart strings of those who care, stunning scenery, unforgettable music and some of the most exciting action scenes in film.
There are, of course, weaknesses - James Bond's exploits with the girls detracts, in my view, from the central romance and causes the action to lag. But that only contrasts with Diana Rigg's Tracey who is so refreshingly different from other James Bond girls - a genuine characterisation of a strong-willed young woman who loves James Bond intensely. It is also lovely to hear this classically trained English actress speak poetry to Telly Savalas's Blofeld.
This is not cartoon mayhem. It is, of course, fantastic adventure, but it also brings characters and events that we care for and can relate to. The gadgetry is set to the side and we can concentrate more on the central action involving people in one of the most involving action films ever. My subjective feeling is that it is the very best in the series, its serious edge enhancing rather than diminishing it.
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