3 1/2 StarsThis is one of the finest Bond films of the Roger Moore era complete with all the glossiness, humor, and formula that audiences have come to expect. In the amusingly titled Octopussy the creative forces behind the project have taken full advantage of a well versed recipe and managed to add a complaining story, original henchmen and a stunning femme fatale. It’s classic bond fodder. I firmly believe had this same script been filmed during the Connery years purists would hail it a classic. Unfortunately this most rousing adventure tale gets a bum rap from a lot of long time fans of the series. The knock being that Moore is too old for the role (I disagree) and the moments of comedy are silly (agreed). However this outing is nowhere as peculiar as previous Moore entries. The voodoo mysticism of Live and Let Die or the space station battles of Moonraker are far more absurd than anything found here.
The Bond films have always been known for featuring exotic locations and this the thirteenth entry in the series is no different. Taking place almost entirely in India the picture goes to great lengths incorporating the danger and pleasures of this foreign country into the adventure tale. Without a wasted moment or scene, Octopussy is among the more tightly scripted of any Bond film. Representing the pinnacle of the eight films that Roger Moore occupied the role. In all honesty this should have been Moore’s swan song to the series, as it were this is his penultimate appearance as 007. Only determents are over-length and a ‘bad guy’ that isn’t on the level of the greats like ‘Jaws’ or ‘Bloufield’,the massive and intimidating Arabian heavy is only serviceable. Everything but the kitchen sink thrown in for the sake of good entertainment.
Director: John Glen
Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Steven Berkoff