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's next mission sends him to the circus. A British agent was murdered and found holding onto a priceless Faberge egg. Kamal Kahn buys the egg at an auction, but Bond becomes suspicious when Kahn meets up with Russian General, Orlov. Bond soon finds out that Kahn's and Orlov's plan is to blow a nuclear device in an American Air Force Base. Bond teams up with a circus group, which are headed by the beautiful Octopussy, who is also close friend of Kahn. Will Bond be quick enough, before World War III begins? Written by
The locomotive used in the film is the former DSB S 740, from the DSB (Danish State Railway). In total 20 (DSB S 720-740) of these engines were build between 1924-1928. It was built for the local traffic around Copenhagen, Hillerod and Helsingor. It weighed 98 tons and had a max speed at 90 km/h. DSB S 740 was sold to Mike Bradley in 1979, and it was used at The Nene Valley Railway, a preserved railway in Cambridgeshire, England, where the scenes with the train in this film are recorded. In 1995 it came back to Denmark and is now owned by the Nordsjællands Veterantog, a danish railroad society. In the movie the train is "disguised" as a German type DRG-Baureihe 62. But the last engine, 62 003 of this type, was retired in 1968. See more »
After spending the night with Bond, Magda takes the Fabergé egg and using her sari descends from the balcony to the ground. Knowing that the egg has a tracking device in it, Bond activates the tracking device in his watch which begins beeping. Gobinda then knocks Bond out. Bond later awakens in Kamal's mansion and the watch is still beeping. Evidently none of Kamal's people thought a constantly beeping watch was unusual enough to try turning it off or removing it from Bond's wrist. See more »
You didn't tell me there was going to be this much security.
They moved the flight up to this afternoon.
Well, we're going to have to go ahead as planned anyway.
[Bianca hands an ID badge with the name 'Luis Toro' to Bond]
Toro. Sounds like a load of bull.
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JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN "FROM A VIEW TO A KILL" - this is the second time in the series that the title of the next Bond film is not given as it will eventually appear (the FROM being dropped from Fleming's original title). See also The Spy Who Loved Me. See more »
Most thoroughly enjoyable, fun Bond movie for a Friday night.
Admittedly, I am one of those people who feel that NONE of the movies ever really captured the entire essence of Fleming's books. I don't believe one should weigh films against one another based on some scale of supposed relative "Flemingness" but rather on whether they were entertaining -- which may be the purest Fleming scale of all. He did not set out to write some ponderous literary tomes, after all, but rather an entertaining series of spy thrillers people would ENJOY reading.
That said, OCTOPUSSY is the best of the Bond movies. It is adventurous, light, and immensely entertaining. There is a sense of place, of play with the place, and of a willingness to look at things (like India) through the eyes of a (neon-letter non-p.c.) womanizing playboy hired thug for Her Majesty like Bond. There's blood, there's action, there's gadgets, and there are plenty of very pretty Bond girls. It doesn't try to be anything but an entertaining movie. The jokes are genuinely funny.
Having an admittedly biased feminine opinion, I seriously love the treatment of the females in this film. The blonde is a perfect touch -- he gets her, but she gets the Faberge: who used whom, here?? Then, Bond actually manages to find himself a real woman: Octopussy chooses to have a sweet distraction with him because she wants to, she finds him interesting, perhaps finds him the nearest to her equal she's seen lately. She's not a freak like View To A Kill's Mayday (and I don't even want to discuss the she-villain from GoldenEye!), but she's not a ditz or a flake who gets seduced because she's stupid or scared. This is a full-fledge Bond woman, and we get to see Bond displaying (apparently sincere) affection for her which was a hallmark of Fleming's Bond, for all that the affections of this ultimate male fantasy didn't come with strings of commitment attached. For all that he was a cad, the original Bond was a gentlemanly sort, not a sleazy lecher, and I think that is why the novels appeal so well to women as well as to men -- why he was able to become a hero. We all know men are, in their fantasies if not actually in their hearts, Casanova types; the good ones are simply gentlemen about it. (& hopefully the ones who make big-time promises do so with the intention of keeping them and subjugating their roving instincts to the realm of fantasy). It is this film's portrayal of a Bond and his primary romance that makes it the most romantic of the movies, and which blends so smoothly with the enjoyable action-movie component that there is no serious downside.
Overall, this is the best of the Bond films -- enjoyable, entertaining, with beautiful visuals well filmed, and a truly enjoyable sensual component.
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