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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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. It's a fun tale, with just the right mix of good plot, laughs, big stunts and action. It comes together into a very pleasing whole which always entertains.

This ultimate edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb. The sound has been similarly treated and there is an option to listen to it in 5.1 DTS surround, which is truly exceptional.

As well as the superb presentation of the film, there is also a host of extras, original trailers, informative audio commentaries and the such. These are exhaustive and some of them quite interesting. But these really a garnish for the main course, which is the film itself.

This is an excellent release, and does the film justice. This series of `Ultimate editions' really sets the standard for film releases. It really does not get any better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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. The silly jokes are pretty pathetic - a snake charmer playing the Bond theme, a series of terrible tennis jokes built around Vijay Amritraj's appearance as Bond's ill-fated sidekick (British actor's union Equity actually tried to call a strike over his casting) - and would have been rejected from the very worst Carry On film. There's even some lovable xenophobia thrown in for good measure ("That'll keep you in curry for a few weeks.")

That it could have been worse is borne out by one of the DVD's most interesting new extras - a series of screen tests with James Brolin as Bond. He gives it a good try, but he's trying to hard as if clearly aware that he's terrible casting. It's a moot point as to whether Brolin would have got the part had Connery's return to Bondage persuaded the producers to stick with the tried-and-trusted Roger Moore, but it would have been more of an impersonation than a performance if he had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2015
Can't understand why people don't like this film? Great action (the train bits are fantastic), creepy villain and STEVEN BERKHOFF (enough said) and Maud Adams is gorgeous and wonderful to see on screen. I'm really delighted they chose her as a leading-role in a Bond film ! The plot is very adventurous but very well executed in my opinion. One of my favorites, and probably the mos underrated along with The World is Not Enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2015
What I like about oger Moore as James Bond is the tongue in cheek humour, and Octopussy has that in abundance, The film is however far fetched, has action and, well, I like that too, oh, and there are some rather nice ladies in it too
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
Octopussy is one of the best films of the Roger Moore era. It boasts a very complex and interesting screenplay filled with exotic characters. Although the plot centers on a megalomaniac, this time the political overtones make his threat of a nuclear crisis quite plausible and the co-operation between East and West to stop him signifies the end of the Cold War.

The film not only features one of Roger Moore's most effective performances as 007, but also presents an impressive and talented cast. The producers wisely keep silly humor to a minimum, although a bit of it does manage to creep in (Bond gives a Tarzan yell while swinging on a vine, for example) Ironically, the sequence which could have been mishandled quite easily - Bond trying to disarm a nuclear bomb at a circus while dressed as a clown - is played seriously and generates a good deal of tension.

The breathtaking visuals of India make a unique background for a Bond film, and the local sites are creatively used to their utmost potential. (Alan Hume's cinematography ignores the poverty and makes the nation look like a paradise.)
The film also benefits from some well directed action sequences and a pre-credits scene that ranks among the best in the series. Aided by a wonderful John Barry score, Octopussy comes close to hitting an all time high for Roger Moore's 007.

Octopussy [Blu-ray] [1983]
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2002
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. John Barry's score accompanying these scenes heightens the excitement, as well as his theme tune (sung by Rita Coolidge) both proving relevant to the storyline and accompanying the overall tone of the film.
Not his best (that's A View to a Kill) but easily one of Roger Moore's better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2002
Bond has never been so exotic since Sean Connery in Dr No. An exotic and grand location like India plays as the backdrop of some of the most memorable scenes and stunts in Bond movie history. Most people overlook the fact that there has never been such a collection of Bond girls in any Bond film. We see Roger Morre travel to India, where he tries to locate a rare Faberge egg and unravels a Russian (typical!)plot to detonate a bomb which would cause world chaos. Maud Adams, the only woman to ever star in two Bond films is the leading lady, the aptly named Octopussy, whose organisation of highly trained women only carry out assignments as daring as Bond's own. Tennis'Davis Cup champion Vijay Kumar plays 'our man in' India, Bond's contact Vijay. The henchman in this film is well known to asians around the world as Kabir Bedi, who has starred in some 79(!) films. He is very popular in Italy and has made many notable appearances on terrestial television.
This is definantly the best Bond film. I met Maud Adams and she tells me other Bond girls envy her for making a Bond film that other Bond girls envy. She is without the doubt the most gorgeous Bond woman there has ever been. Forget the new Bond Brosnan. They are trying to make him so modern, that he has lost the charm, panache and hold on natural locations that Bond used to have. This is a must for all Bond fans!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2015
Another James Bond adventure - dated, politically incorrect - but super entertainment for us oldies Great to re-indulge in the time when were real men and women were Goddesses ...... aaahhh ....
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