Octopussy [Blu-ray] 
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From a thrilling jet chase to a climactic countdown to nuclear disaster, James Bond is back in an electrifying adventure that pushes the limit for nonstop excitement. Roger Moore portrays the immortal action hero, perfectly capturing Agent 007’s deadly expertise, acerbic wit and sex appeal as he investigates the murder of a fellow agent who was clutching a priceless Fabergé egg at the time of his death.
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 alternate Blu-ray edition.
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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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See the beautiful sights and city of Udaipur India through the eyes of James Bond. Exciting and beautiful film.Published 2 months ago by Marcolorenzo
Roger Moore is James bond. Sleak, swarve and sexy. Oh, and such good sense of humourPublished 3 months ago by elks1235
And so the Bond franchise reaches its lowest ebb. Firstly someone made the mistake of telling Roger Moore he could act. He can't. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Markham