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.
James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappears whilst on patrol. Bond joins Major Anya Amasova and takes on a a web-handed mastermind, known as Karl Stromberg, as well as his henchman Jaws, who has a mouthful of metal teeth. Bond must track down the location of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired. Written by
The set for Stromberg's supertanker was nicknamed "the Jonah Set", in reference to the Biblical story of Jonah, who is swallowed by a whale. In the movie, the tanker swallows submarines. See more »
When Anya meets Bond she orders him a vodka martini, shaken not stirred. While this is a play on his favorite drink and her country of origin, shaking versus stirring makes no difference when it comes to vodka. It only matters with gin martinis as they become bruised when shaken and their alcoholic effect lessons while retaining the flavor, thus why Bond prefers it this way. See more »
The Best of the Roger Moore Era, and One of the Best of the Entire Series
This was a spectacular addition to the series and, in my opinion, the best James Bond film since "Goldfinger." It completely washes the bad taste of "The Man With The Golden Gun" out of your mouth.
Roger Moore has perfected his take as James Bond by this outing. He is suave, sophisticated, and delivers the one-liners with aplomb. He is proving to be a worthy successor to Connery. He also doesn't try to be Connery, which is a very good thing.
Anya Amasova/XXX, played by Barbara Bach is one of the very best Bond girls. Her Russian accent is incredibly fake, but she's so beautiful and has such an engaging personality that I didn't mind it. She had great chemistry with Moore.
The plot, while essentially a reworking of "You Only Live Twice," is very fun and engaging and Lewis Gilbert (the director of "Twice"), continues his style of crafting big, epic set pieces that leave you in amazement.
Carl Stromberg is a pretty awesome villain, but he is completely overshadowed by his henchmen. Jaws is a classic villain. He is super intimidating and is pretty much invincible. Bond is never quite able to put him away. He even kills a shark. Oh, my!
The action is almost non-stop and keeps you on the edge of your seat. For instance, we get to see a thrilling chase with Bond using the Lotus Esperit, the best Bond vehicle ever next to the Aston Martin, and there are many tense fight scenes with Jaws and a heck of a climax at Stromberg's lair. Let's also not forget the opening sequence with Bond skiing off a cliff. Crazy.
A fantastic addition to the series very much deserving of its classic status. Arguably Moore's best Bond film (just a hair ahead of "For Your Eyes Only"), and one of the very best of the series as well. As Carly Simon says in the wonderful theme song, "Nobody does it better" than James Bond.
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