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.
Soviets create a new nuclear submarine that runs silent due to a revolutionary propulsion system. Russian sub captain defects, goal of taking it to the U.S.A. to prevent the Russians from using the sub to wreak nuclear (missile) war against the U.S. Lots of plot turns and twists in this high-tech thriller. Written by
USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was commissioned 22 March 1986 and decommissioned 18 July 2013. See more »
In the situation room briefing there are pictures that are show Captain Ramius standing with high ranking Russian officials at a celebration. When shown close up to it you see the text Typhoon Class (referring to the submarine) in English. It would initially appear strange that a Soviet naval officer would hold plans with English writing on them, but an earlier shot shows that the pictures displayed in the briefing were projected using cameras (over Ryan's right shoulder). It is therefore likely that the Typhoon-class plans are, in fact, American, but are sitting over top of the other pictures being projected by the camera. See more »
A thinking man's James Bond - One of the best films I've ever seen.
It's almost 10 years now but I am still awed by the caliber of the film. McTiernan has made a moderately good book by Clancy into an outstanding political thriller.
The complexity of the film is particularly challenging. Clancy plots are notorious for beginning with several different threads that interweave somewhere in the book. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson takes apart those threads and models a film based on dual protagonists, Connery and Baldwin. The myriad of supporting actors (including current TN Sen. Fred Thompson) that appear on screen subsequently all have distinct but nonetheless crucial roles to the plot.
Baldwin, in what is and will probably be his career best role ever, shines as the intelligent and patriotic Jack Ryan, a thinking man's hero. Connery lends incredible presence, as usual, to his interpretation of Ramius.
A pure masterpiece.
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