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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond Classic
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Moore innuendos
Octopussy (1983) for me, is actually one of the better Bond films.
By now audiences are used to Roger Moore's style and approach and therefore accept each one-liner with the tongue in cheek humour, for which it was originally intended. After his finest hour in "For Your Eyes Only", by far the best Bond/Thriller genre film the film focusses on now what is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond Classic, 3 Feb 2014
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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
This review is from: Octopussy [VHS] [1983] (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. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 007 Adventure, 8 May 2014
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This review is from: Octopussy [DVD] [1983] (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.

Synopsis.
A fake Faberge egg & the murder of a 00 agent lead James Bond assigned by "M" to investigate these two connected events as Bond eventually uncovers a connection with a jewellery smuggling ring run by the mysterious Octopussy using her circus as a front for her jewel smuggling & knows James Bond was sent to eliminate her father many year's ago.

Bond must battle against Khans vicious henchmen, Assassin knife throwing twins & Gobinder who is Khans brutal right hand man.

Unknown to Octopussy the smuggling ring is a cover for a nuclear attack on a NATO Base being planned & executed by rich excelled Prince Kamal Khan & Russian General Orlov which would trigger a third World War.

Can Bond evade being killed by Khans henchmen & make it to the Circus in time to deactivate the bomb & save millions of lives & avert World War 3?

Timelord Thoughts.
This 13th Bond film I feel gets unfairly criticized as it is infact one of my favourite Roger Moore Bond film's which has a well written script by George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibum & Michael G.Wilson & another more serious performance by Roger Moore now starring in his sixth Bond movie.

Maud Adams is sexy & seductive as the mysterious Octopussy & shares great chemistry with Roger Moore who are great friend's off screen & is a the only actress to feature in 2 Bond film's as different character's (The Man With The Golden Gun) & cameo in another(A View To A Kill).

The late Louis Jordan as Kamal Khan is another intriguing villian & is superbly performed by the late actor, His scenes with Roger Moore especially the auction scene bidding on the Faberge Egg & the Backgammon scenes were Khan tells Bond to spend the money quickly being two of the movies highlights.

Steven Berkoff is chilling as General Orlov bordering on insanity as Berkoff play's Orlov ruthless as Orlov as the character has no issue in killing millions of people in his objective at starting World War 3.

John Glen once again directs some spectacular action scenes with a great opening pre-title sequences plus a brilliant action & fight scene on top of a moving train towards an all out assault on Khans palace.

The only let down is that the movie's climax which is to far fetched with 007 holding on to Khans plane 1,000's feet in the air as the plane does a 360 & then easily dispatches Khans right hand man Gobinder very easily in a poor blink & you'll miss it fight sequence outside a moving plane.

All in all the good point's of the film outweighs the bad as Octopussy proves to be another solid entry in the 007 franchise.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect balance of comedy and cold war tension., 9 Mar 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROGER MOORE JAMES BOND, 25 Jan 2014
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ROGER MOORE JAMES BOND SHAKEN NOT STIRED ... HE PUT HIS OWN CARISMA INTO ALL THE BOND FILMS AND I STILL LIKE THE SAINT ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy Bond, 3 Jan 2014
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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! Still entertaining though.
Dvd arrived promptly and in excellent condition so highly recommended supplier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like it, 12 Nov 2013
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another great 007 movie. very quick service and exactly as described am proud to have to add to my collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Octopussy, 2006 double disc Ultimate Edition - A strong, yet underrated entry in the Bond series, 6 Sep 2010
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octopussy, 27 Feb 2013
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, a great actor, 25 Feb 2006
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Adrian Frohlich (Warsaw, Poland) - See all my reviews
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I might be extremely sarcastic about the role in the world of the closest ally of the United States, the UK, but I admit many British actors are unbelievably talented. Sir Roger Moore is a brilliant performer. Together with Harrison Ford, he's my favourite actor. I enjoy all his James Bond movies very much. A great movie, a great actor, that's all I want to say.
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