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