Review: Octopussy (1983)

13 - Octopussy (1983)

“Mr. Bond is indeed of a very rare breed… soon to be made extinct.”
– Kamal Khan

After finding one of their 00 agents dead, in East Berlin, MI6 automatically sends 007 agent James Bond (Roger Moore) out to investigate the Soviets and why 009 (Andy Bradford) was carrying a brilliantly reproduced Fabergé egg. Bond goes to London and commences a bidding war with an exiled Afghan prince, Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), at an auction for the egg, and swaps out the real one with the fake one they have from 009. Knowing who the seller is, Bond follows Khan to India, where they officially make one another’s acquaintance.

Khan is angered when Bond beats him for a couple hundred thousand Rupees at backgammon, and Bond is seduced by Khan’s girl, Magda (Kristina Wayborn), who steals the real egg. Khan’s bodyguard Gobinda (Kabir Bedi) finally succeeds at capturing Bond, and Bond discovers that Khan is working with Soviet General Orlov (Steven Berkoff), who wishes to expand Soviet borders into Europe.

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Sneaking around yet another Indian palace

Bond gets out again, and infiltrates another castle, this one owned by Octopussy (Maud Adams), an affluent cult leader. More secrets come to the fore, such as Orlov and Khan’s in depth plot of priceless Soviet treasures. Orlov is organizing priceless Soviets treasures to Khan, who is replacing them with replicas and selling the real ones off in the West using Octopussy’s circus as a cover. Naturally, Bond’s next move is to East Germany when he hears that Orlov and Khan plan to meet there.

Infiltrating the circus, it becomes evident that Orlov has replaced the priceless treasures with a nuclear warhead that will explode at a US Air Force base in West Germany. The explosion would mean that Europe would push for disarmament thinking the one that went off on the Air Force base was an American one detonated by accident. When everyone joins in on the disarmament thing and carry through with it, Orlov will have all the power to bring the remainder of Europe to its knees.

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“I am more concerned about an atomic bomb exploding on a US Air Force base in West Germany! You surely can’t be inviting a nuclear war?” – James Bond

How involved is Octopussy with what is going on? Will Bond be able to put a stop to a nuclear warhead going off and killing thousands while preparing Europe for complete invasion? Will the priceless jewels ever be recovered? With Khan having escaped, Bond will need to capture him and make things right. Will he and Octoupussy each have their revenge on a man that has evidently set them up and used them both?

A 6/10 for Octopussy. It was nice to see Maud Adams again, she truly is a beautiful woman, but Roger Moore is really getting to me. I say this every week, I know, but these last few movies have been like sheer torture at the best of times. The corny rendition of a tennis match while being chased on the streets of India was just plain ridiculous (and yes, I understand why it was done that way). I enjoyed Bond’s Indian ally, Vijay (Vijay Amritraj). Robert Brown is just not selling the role of M for me, and I desperately am looking forward to Judi Dench coming in again, and miss Bernard Lee for the role a lot (such a pity he passed). The story line was a little bewildering, too, seeing as it seemed that they wished to squeeze far too much and a ton of information in, and then the point of it all is lost. I loved the concept of the warhead going off and how Orlov planned to take down Europe, but the implementation left a lot to be desired. I thought the whole notion of Octopussy running a full on female cult on their own little island was a bit… arb. Not the worst of the lot, but really? Thank goodness there was no water chase, but there was some completely preposterous scene with Bond hanging to the top of a plane in flight… I cannot wait to move on to Dalton…

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20 thoughts on “Review: Octopussy (1983)

  1. Robert says:

    I am glad you run are going through the Bond films, I had plans to do this, but found the task to daunting and not enough time for it. Keep up the good work

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      • Robert says:

        The time involved, I received the box set as a present and it’s just sitting there like task challenging me and I have already gave up. Definitely will get around to it eventually.

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      • Zoë says:

        It is very time consuming, and definitely not something to do very often. Nice gift though 🙂 It can be daunting, but good luck! One day the inspiration will take a hold of you!

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  2. theipc says:

    “Thank goodness there was no water chase, but there was some completely preposterous scene with Bond hanging to the top of a plane in flight… I cannot wait to move on to Dalton…”

    *shakes head*

    I believe this type of tripe is why I’ve never seen any of these things. I remember seeing that in the commercial for this when it came out (yeah I’m old).

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      • Dan Heaton says:

        Probably not since Never Say Never Again isn’t an official production. It’s worth checking out since it stars Connery and is a remake of Thunderball, but it’s pretty weak. I’m guessing your next one is A View to a Kill with Moore.

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      • Zoë says:

        Ah, no, Never Say Never Again is not in here. My next one is A View to Kill, and then Moore is done for me in this box set. Wow… I am afraid to see the Never Say Never Again haha!

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  3. coolone160 says:

    Nice review! I agree that Moore’s Bond was a “very rare breed… soon to be made extinct”(maybe I sound too harsh),but couldn’t resist laughing when he dons the clown’s garb
    🙂

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