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.
Pierce Brosnan gives one last mission as James Bond. Starting off in North Korea, Bond is betrayed and captured. 14 months later, Bond is set free, but traded for Zao who was captured by MI6. When back in his world, Bond sets off to track down Zao. Bond gets caught up in yet another scheme which sends him to millionaire Gustav Graves. Another MI6 agent known as Miranda Frost is also posing as a friend of Graves. Bond is invited to a presentation held by Graves about a satellite found in space which can project a huge laser beam. Bond must stop this madman with a fellow American agent, known as Jinx. Whilst Bond tries to stop Graves and Zao, will he finally reveal who betrayed him? Written by
While many of the stylistic elements of the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films ended with this, his final film in the series, several survived to the Daniel Craig reboot. The film's two most prominent product-placement agreements, with Ford (and its Premier Automotive Group, which then included Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo) as well as Omega watches, remained in the subsequent two Craig films. It's also the only Brosnan film in which BMW vehicles are not featured; Ford snapped up the product-placement rights primarily to showcase its significant number of new models introduced near the time of the film's release, in particular the "invisible" Aston Martin Vanquish Bond drives. The Vanquish marked the beginning of a new era for Aston Martin after years of languishing; infused with Ford's capital and designer Ian Callum's widely acclaimed new look, the Vanquish was a critical and sales success. Its appearance in the film earned it the #3 spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever compiled by a British magazine. Also, Ford had acquired the two highest-volume British auto manufacturers, Jaguar and Land Rover, and wanted to feature their vehicles in the film as well. The oldest Ford clearly visible is the 1957 Fairlane convertible that Bond drives in Cuba. Finally, Jinx is briefly seen driving the one American car Ford wanted featured, its retro-styled (and ultimately short-lived) Thunderbird. See more »
The knives Jinx uses for throwing, while not purpose-designed for throwing, are well suited to the task. Any hobby knife thrower would be able to throw them effectively. Nor will the holes in the handle cause them to tumble: many purpose-designed throwing knives feature holes in the handle. See more »
Mr. Van Bierk:
[stepping out of helicopter]
Look, what is this? I'm supposed to...
[Bond puts a gun to Mr. Van Bierk's head and takes his sunglasses]
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The opening credits play over scenes directly related to the plot of the film (in this case, the torture of 007). This is a first for a Bond film. Also, footage from this sequence later appears as a brief flashback - something only seen in the series twice before (OHMSS and Moonraker). See more »
Come back George, all is forgiven: At lease "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was recognizable as a Bond film. The latest installment in the franchise, the 20th installment in fact, should have been a cause for celebration. Instead, I have to rate it a solid 1, and that only because the system won't let me rate it lower. When did James Bond morph with Rambo? What happened to the wit and charm that was evident in the best of the series, films like 'Goldfinger" and "The Spy Who Loved Me"?
There is nothing in this film that feels original or fresh. And the John Woo influenced cinematics have no place in a Bond film. And what's with the use of CGI in place of real stuntmen doing the impossible, as they did in every other film? Sure, it may look "super cool" in concept, but in fact it looks fake and out of place. They didn't use CGI to make trucks act like race cars in "License To Kill".
I'm afraid that on his 40th anniversary, the cinematic James Bond is looking every bit his age, dressed up like a 70 year old hustler trying to pick up teenagers. Forget the snazzy trappings and the flashy action scenes and get back to the basics.
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