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
There are scenes where it shows the front facing of the atomic bomb, fully lit, even though it is locked inside its casing, in which it would be pitch black at the time. 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 »
ABC cut 30 seconds from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »
MASTER PLAN: detonate a nuclear bomb at a U.S.Air Force Base, as part of a radical Soviet agenda. This 6th Bonder with Moore has a couple of similarities to the previous "For Your Eyes Only," suggesting a 'been there, done that' tone throughout. There are no really memorable villains or set-pieces, but it does progress at a fairly good clip while you're watching, even if it does bog down in a few spots during the middle half. The teaser exemplifies those thrilling pre-credits sequences which have really nothing to do with the rest of the film. Yet, even the filmmakers seem to acknowledge Moore's advancing years here, since he needs help from a female agent and utilizes another mini-flier gadget to successfully deliver a knockout explosion. It goes along fine until the very end of the teaser, when Moore grins like a, eh, clown, and there's a freeze-frame; these later Bonders with Moore always tended to throw in this foolish smirking to offset the straight action, for some damnable reason (see also the reference to Tarzan and other examples below). The song over the credits is by Rita Coolidge, a rather tepid piece (of course, it's not named Octopussy, which might have been interesting). Moore here appears to be in a similar position to Connery when he was in his final official Bonder "Diamonds Are Forever" - obviously past his prime, but not quite ready to call it quits (Connery did return for the non-canon "Never Say Never Again" this same year). This also has the first interpretation by actor Brown of M, quite similar to Bernard Lee's from most of the previous Bonders, though Lee was, again, more memorable. Moneypenny appears briefly with a new assistant, Ms.Smallbone; she was probably meant to replace Moneypenny in the future, but this didn't pan out. Q has more screen time, as is usual with these later Bonders, even becoming actively involved in the action at one point, though it's presented as a joke.
Bond's mission involves smuggling and those famous Faberge Eggs from the Russian aristocracy of a past century. He actually takes over a mission from agent 009, who is killed early in the story. The first half of the mission takes him to New Delhi and the strongly-exotic Indian locations. The main femme fatale of the title doesn't appear until an hour into the story, played by Adams of "The Man With the Golden Gun" fame. She makes a good fit for the seasoned Bond, but, as with everything else, the filmmakers seemed unable to come up with new twists, including actresses. There's a central action piece where Bond is the object of a hunt and encounters virtually every deadly animal in the region within the span of a few minutes, an expansion of the usual 'deadly animal' scene. But, it comes across as a gimmick and not as an exciting chase, with an inappropriate Tarzan yell to further ridicule the whole concept. A lot of the action also involves a circus, knife throwing by a couple of deadly twins, and an island of women (hoo-hah, just what Bond needs). The smuggling conspiracy is revealed as just a sideline to a crazed Soviet General's plot to expand Soviet control far beyond East Berlin - ah, yes, still the good old days of the Cold War (and some over-acting by actor Berkoff). As the main villain, veteran star Jourdan is suitably classy yet slimy, but somewhat over-the-hill (like Bond), and reminds me of his similar villain in the campy "Swamp Thing"(82). Bedi, as his brawny henchman, does better, with an imposing presence. These two have their best moment when Jourdan orders Bedi to go get Bond outside an airplane. Moore, in his mid-fifties then, still did OK with the tough-guy stuff, but his scenes with thirtyish ladies were a tough sell. The final chasing in Berlin and in the circus is suspenseful, undone a bit when Bond dresses up as a clown; then, the final aerial combat is pretty exciting, but it all ends on another groan-inducing wink from Bond on a boat. Moore would return one more time in "A View to a Kill." Bond:6 Villains:6 Femme Fatales:7 Henchmen:7 Fights:7 Stunts/Chases:8 Gadgets:6 Auto:6 Locations:8 Pace:7 overall:7-
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