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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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Initial post: 12 Mar 2011 18:11:51 GMT
view to a kill moore's best! Are you joking? Live and let die.spy who loved me and for your eyes only are far better movies than this!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2011 19:36:18 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2012 00:40:05 GMT
Mr. G. McKee says:
I agree, esp. For Your Eyes Only

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 18:47:33 BDT
I agree Octopussy is one of his best as is Moonraker. Moore is at his best with tongue firmly pressed in cheek. I actually thought For Your Eyes Only was the worst Bond film from his era, it has a tv movie type feel and the characters are way too dull as is the script and music and Roger Moore's haircut! I also love A View to a Kill and never understood why everyone hate it so much. A great soundtrack and great Bond baddies in Christopher Walken and Grace Jones. Live and Let Die and Golden Gun are good but it feels like Moore is still trying to work out how to play the character in these earlier films
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