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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kabir Bedi, Desmond Llewellyn
  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IO1600
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 13th Bond adventure, again starring Roger Moore, places 007 up against the glamorous Octopussy (Maud Adams) and a bunch of evil Soviets who have plans to plunder Tsarist treasures and create a nuclear explosion in a German NATO base. Bond's bag of tricks this time includes a hot air balloon, a folding mini-jet and a superpowered rickshaw. The title song is performed by Rita Coolidge.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
I must admit to a bit of affection for this, the thirteenth big screen outing for superspy James Bond. It was the first Bond film I saw in the cinema and as such I still get a little buzz of nostalgia when I see it.

Trying to be objective, I feel this is one of the stronger entries in the Bond series, and of the Moore years in particular. It is a decent tale that reflects the time in which it was made very well. The cold war was coming to an end, yet there were still people on both sides who felt that this was a bad thing. This film has at its heart quite a disturbing suggestion - what if one mad man with enough power decided peace was a sell out and conquest and victory, by any means, were his right? Built around this is a very entertaining tale as Roger Moore sets off to India on the trail of some forged Romanov jewellery that ultimately leads him to the plot to start world war 3. Along the way he encounters a deadly circus, an acrobatic troupe of beautiful women, is made the subject of a big game hunt and generally has a lot of fun whilst saving the world.

On the down side, Moore was starting to look a little too old for the part by this time, but he still acquits himself very well and largely carries the film with his usual charm and style. Steven Berkoff is perfectly cast as the mad Russian general, and Louis Jordan is a decent creepy Indian prince, providing a good set of villains for Bond. Maud Adams, who also appeared in `The man With The Golden Gun' as Scaramanger's girlfriend, plays Octopussy, a beautiful international criminal mixed up in the evil schemes, and out for personal revenge against Bond. It's a good role, and provides us with one of the more complex Bond girls who is able to stand up for herself. For a change.

Again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Facing up against a rival Bond project for the first time since You Only Live Twice - and one with Connery attached to boot - the obvious expectation was that once again the Broccoli camp would pull out all the stops and come up with one of the best Bond films yet. Instead, this is the one where they threw in the towel and began copying others rather than leading the pack.

For Your Eyes Only had gone head-to-head with Raiders of the Lost Ark and come off the worse. As a result, Octopussy shamelessly copies its market chase and truck sequences to remarkably little interest or excitement. Even the location seems second-hand - in 1982-3 you couldn't move for film crews in India, what with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Far Pavilions, The Jewel in the Crown, Gandhi and Heat and Dust all reviving the Raj. Only one sequence, with a deadly yo-yo (usually heavily cut in the TV prints), works - and then only briefly.

Worse still, this one drags its feet more than any other entry in the series, with very long waits between very lacklustre setpieces. The plot is similarly uninvolving. With a similar hook to The Fourth Protocol, but nowhere near as good (and The Fourth Protocol isn't exactly a masterpiece), this is so alarmist it's a wonder Broccoli didn't hand over the producing reins to Euan Lloyd. Maud Adams makes a poor job of the title role, but Steven Berkoff is completely off the scale as the renegade Russian villain. With the diction of a demented Dalek and the subtlety of a Spitting Image puppet, it's quite an achievement to sit through any of his scenes without squirming in embarrassment.

The cheapest looking Bond film, it is doubtful that anyone would have gone to see such a geriatric action movie without the Bond name attached.
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