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
In all the scenes taking place in East Germany, only a single German voice is heard that actually belongs to a German native speaker and has no significant American accent: The announcer heard over the tannoy at the train station even has the correct Saxon-German accent. See more »
At several points during his lecture to the committee members, General Orlov's mouth is either closed or saying something different to what we are hearing him say. 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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