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.
Scaramanga is a hit-man who charges a million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realises that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown? Written by
Graeme Roy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
First James Bond movie to be shown at the Kremlin. According to Roger Moore in his audio commentary, apparently when the movie had finished, one Russian official turned around and said "We didn't train him [Scaramanga] very well". The Scaramanga character in the James Bond universe was recruited by and acted as a hit-man for the KGB. See more »
At the dinner following Bond's arrival on the island, the golden gun parts are shown disassembled next to Scaramanga's dinner plate, in the following two scenes Bond and Scaramanga are briefly shown talking and neither is doing anything with their hands, but in the next scene Scaramanga suddenly levels a fully-assembled golden gun at Bond, without having even assembled the parts. See more »
Altho there's a lot of hate for this second Moore 007, I never understood it. For a change, most of the witty dialogue works well. I think it's one of Moore's best Bond performances.
So let's break it down: The Good: - Roger Moore is witty and action ready. His fight scene in the belly dancer's room is pretty good. Tough and violent. Don't know about that cigar, but it adds a little extra somethin'.
Herve Villechieze as Knick Knack. Not threatening, but a fun
memorable sidekick with lots of playful malevolence. I love it when he shushes Bond.
Christopher Lee. Nuff said, tho they didn't build up this character
to the level they could have. Where are those deleted scenes between him and Moore (from the trailer and photos)that obviously exist?
John Barry. Yes, Lulu's song is ridiculous. Still, I love the brassy
music and this is one of Barry's most memorable catchy Bond scores. Especially during the karate scenes and the jazzy swing of Scaramenga's fun parlor.
Kung fu. The Bond films always lucked out when it came to latching
onto the culture of the day. 1974 was the height of kung fu exploitation and Bond was there. Still have BLACK BELT magazine featuring this on the cover...
The Bad: - Miss Goodnight. Giving Bond a ditzy helper...well, bad night.
Lack of compelling plot. The energy cell and Scaramanga are too
loosely tied together and the film shouldn't have tried to pull a Blofeld at the end.
Production design. Ken Adams is sorely missing here. And what's with
that ONE GUARD in the massive solar laser set? Missed opportunity there.
The Ugly: - JW Pepper.
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