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Octopussy [DVD] [1983]

Roger Moore , Maud Adams , John Glen    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Steven Berkoff, Kristina Wayborn
  • Directors: John Glen
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OEYDYS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roger Moore was nearing the end of his reign as James Bond when he made Octopussy, and he looks a little worn out. But the movie itself infuses some new blood into the old franchise, with a frisky pace and a pair of sturdy villains. Maud Adams--who'd also been in The Man with the Golden Gun--plays the improbably named Octopussy, while old smoothie Louis Jourdan is her crafty partner in crime. There's an island populated only by women, as well as a fantastic sequence with a hand-to-hand fight on a plane--and on top of a plane. The film even has an extra emotional punch, since this time 007 is not only following the orders of Her Majesty's Secret Service, but he is also exacting a personal revenge: a fellow double-0 agent has been killed. Two Bond films were actually released in 1983 within a few months of each other, as Octopussy was followed by Sean Connery's comeback in Never Say Never Again. The success of both pictures proved that there was still plenty of mileage left in the old licence to kill, though Moore had one more workout--A View to a Kill--before hanging it up. And that title? The franchise had already used up the titles to Ian Fleming's novels, so Octopussy was taken from a lesser-known Fleming short story. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

On the DVD: The high standard of these 007 discs is maintained here, with another extra-packed selection. The "Inside Octopussy" documentary details the making of the movie, which faced competition from Sean Connery's Never Say Never Again, as well as being handicapped by a potentially risible title. The initial story was developed by George Macdonald Fraser, author of the "Flashman" books, whose knowledge of Indian history and locales proved invaluable. Roger Moore prevaricated about signing on as Bond, so American James Brolin was screen-tested instead. The movie also produced the worst accident of the series while filming the train sequence and the stuntman involved was hospitalised for six months. Director John Glen provides a solo commentary that reveals a wealth of technical detail and also that this is one of his favourite Bond movies. Rita Coolidge performs "All Time High", and there are also some storyboard sequences and trailers. --Mark Walker

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Octopussy


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond Classic 3 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Roger with his one-liner quips in another brilliant film. This fills in another small gap in my ever growing Bond collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Bond's all time high 26 Sep 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of Roger Moore's best films in the series, providing a well balanced mix of the camp humour that we know and love him for, with enough spectacular stunts and set pieces to keep the audience on the edge of their seats as well as rolling in the ailes wuith laughter. Admittedly, the story makes absolutely no sense, as Bond chases villain Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) across Germany and India on the case of a valuable faberge egg and a nuclear bomb primed to start World War 3. Characters events and motives are often flawed and pointless, if made clear at all to the audience. However, this is true of nearly all Bond films, so it is likely to be overlooked by most audiences. In traditional Bond style, the film does provide something for everybody. The exciting pre-credits sequence, probably the best from a technical point of view, the humour - as Bond yells like Tarzan whilst swinging through the jungle, and the developed and well scripted relationship between Bond and his leading lady. In fact it is Maud Adams, playing the eponymous 'Octopussy' who provides us with one of the series strongest female characters. She is exotic and beautiful, brave and courageous yet not physically overpowering in a masculine way. She is a match for Bond, but not simply because she can point a gun as well, like the 'female Bond' characters such as Anya Amasova and Holly Goodhead. We learn about Bond's character too, without venturing into the 'dark' family drama realm that TWINE explored.
Like all films of the Roger Moore era, Octopussy includes some of the most memorable and iconic set pieces of the series. Perhaps the most effective is the scene where Bond is menaced by a yo-yo buzz saw, or that where he must vanquish the villain's henchman whilst hold on for his life on top of a plane mid-flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 007 Adventure 8 May 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ratio 16.9/2.35:1.
Running time 125 minutes approx.
Remastered.

Trivia.
1)Maud Adam's second apperance in a Bond film her first was as Andrea Anders in The Man With The Golden Gun.
2)This was released the same year as non canon Bond film Never Say Never Again, Octopussy won out earning $187,000,000 compared to Never Say Never Again $160,000,000.
3)James Brolin was once against nearly cast as Bond who's screen test is seen on the dvd but in the end Roger Moore agreed to play Bond & producer's went with him as this film was competing with non canon Bond Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery reprising the role of James Bond on that movie.
4)Q appears to be a more active participant in this mission & even gets the girls.
5)Rutger Hauer was offered the part of Orlov, He turned it down.
6)Steven Berkoff (Orlov) also appeared as a Russian Commander in Rambo :First Blood Part 2.
7)Faye Dunway & Sybil Danning were considered for the role of Octopussy.
8)Stuntman Martin Grace who was Roger Moore's stunt double injured his back hitting a concrete bollard as he held on to the train for his very life due to the train had overran the track in a non assessed area, The stuntman spent six month's in traction yet returned in Moore's swansong as 007 in A View To A Kill once again as Moore's stunt double.
9)Robert Brown replaces Bernard Lee as "M" as the actor died during the production of For Your Eyes Only.
10)The movies title was a concern for the producers yet the BBFC passed the movie a PG without any need for cuts or alterations.

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Many of Roger Moore's films as Bond suffer because of the lack of balance that they had between comedy (obviously Roger Moore's strong suit) and the gritty realism that the likes of 'From Russia With Love' provided. As such, if asked what Roger Moore Bond film was best, the results would almost certainly show either 'The Spy Who Loved Me' or 'For Your Eyes Only' as the best. The former for its light-hearted, comedic escapism, the other for it's more intense, cold war realism.
I enjoy both films, for both of these aspects, but I feel that 'Octopussy' is the first, and only film of Roger Moore's where a balance between the two was achieved.
The plot is sometimes criticised for being too complicated, but it really isn't. The principal character, Octopussy, runs a jewellery smuggling set-up from Russia to the west, within her circus. However her partner, Kamal Khan, is secretly in league with a Russian general who arranges for the cache of jewellery to be replaced with a nuclear bomb, which will detonate when the circus is in a US Air Force Base in West Berlin. The west will demand unilateral disarmament because they will think it was an American bomb which went off accidentally, leaving Russia free to invade without the threat of nuclear retaliation. This leads to a thrilling (if done before) countdown to the explosion as James Bond rushed to stop it.
What's not to love about this story? Ian Fleming is probably wishing he had come up with that from beyond the grave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 5 days ago by C. Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Jean Roddam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Completes my series
Published 24 days ago by Mrs S M Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Disappoints
Roger Moore is as cool as they come in another classic Bond adventure, based (very loosely) on what was only a short story by Ian Fleming
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Alfred A. Blackler
2.0 out of 5 stars Ordered DVD not what I expected.
The DVD looked like a cheap copy and not the original. A cheaply made picture insert on outside of DVD cassette. The box was crushed when I received it in the mail.
Published 3 months ago by Peggy Vroegop-Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY
WOULD NOT PLAY ON ANY OF MY DVD PLAYER IS THIS AN ORIGINAL COPY? VERY ANGRY THIS IS 2ND DVD NOT PLAYING NOT HAPPY WASTING MONEY WITH THIS PLACE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by DEBRA HOWMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing James Bond Film
An amusing James Bond film staring Roger Moore as Bond and Louis Jourdan as the bad boy and Maud Addams who was also in The Man With The Golden Gun appearing again as octopussy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars ROGER MOORE JAMES BOND
ROGER MOORE JAMES BOND SHAKEN NOT STIRED ... HE PUT HIS OWN CARISMA INTO ALL THE BOND FILMS AND I STILL LIKE THE SAINT ...
Published 5 months ago by RUBENS
4.0 out of 5 stars This is exellent soft Bond
Octopussy is in a way the most feminine and soft of all Bond movies. I hope still that the oneday blueray version will give a bit sharper vesion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kaarlo Suotamo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy Bond
I give the movie 4 stars as its Roger Moore arseing around and not taking the role as serious as 'For Your Eyes Only' and the girls look like his Grandchildren! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Muscle man Al
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