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.
Agent James Bond 007 is on a mission which includes a media tycoon, his former lover and a Chinese agent. Elliot Carver wants to complete his global media empire, but in order for this to work, he must achieve broadcasting rights in China. Carver wants to start up World War III by starting a confrontation over British and Chinese waters. Bond gains the help of Wai Lin on his quest to stop him, but how will Bond feel when he meets up with his former lover, who is now Carver's wife.Written by
The first draft of the script was set during the July 1997 transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule, with Carver a zealot bent on destroying Hong Kong, rather that hand it over to the Chinese. According to Director Roger Spottiswoode, this plot was dropped when former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was acting as a consultant on the production, warned that, if something actually did occur during the handover in real-life, the film would look ridiculous. Furthermore, this would have instantly dated a film that was due to open in November, so in January 1997, when production was kicking off, a frantic re-write of the script was taking place. With all of the actors and actresses on-board and ready to film, the new script also had to tally with their visions of their characters. Jonathan Pryce and Teri Hatcher were unhappy with the route their characters were taking in the new script, prompting even more re-writes. See more »
The interior set of the stealth boat is much larger than the actual stealth boat. See more »
Our man's in position on the center camera. It's like a terrorist supermarket. Chinese Long March Scud, Panther AS-565 attack helicopter, a pair of Russian mortars, and the crates look like American rifles. Chilean mines. German explosives. Fun for the whole family.
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For some reason, Bond loyalists and sometimes Bond fans didn't rate this installment. However, I believe it was one of the best Bond's ever made.
The villain (Pryce) was terrific, even though the nature of his character was a bit overdone. The women were both stunning and were not denied some character development of their own (as is the case in many other Bonds).
The gadgets delivered by Q and the gadgets in Lin's secret office in China were extremely impressive - including that magnificent 7-series BMW.
But probably the stand out aspect of this Bond, above all others, were the terrific comedy and double entendre. After all, this was the film that gave rise to the now often used "cunning linguist." But there were many others that were absolutely hilarious - including "I'm brushing up on a little Danish", "I've always been a fan of Chinese technology" and Bond returning his car to Avis.
That said, the film did not get bogged down in the comedy. Furthermore, it didn't get bogged down in boring, drawn-out plot divergences that other Bonds (especially the older ones) tend to do. It was thrilling and engaging from start to finish and avoid the boring periods that crop up in other bond films. Brosnan is terrific and this was certainly his best effort.
I regard this is one of the best Bond's of all time.
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