Octopussy

Directed By: John Glen Starring: Roger Moore

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In search of the killer of a fellow secret agent, 007 travels to india and meets octopussy, the lovely directress of a huge international business empire.

Specifications

Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204821921
UPC 027616066749
UPC 14 00027616066749
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
007
Action
Adventure
Classic
Essential Cinema
Heroes
James Bond
Live-Action
Recommended
Secret Agents
Sequel
Spies
Spy
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Agent 007 is as daring as ever in OCTOPUSSY: the 13th installment in the James Bond series. When fellow secret serviceman Agent 009 is murdered over a treasured Faberge egg, the British intelligence sends James Bond (Roger Moore) to investigate. Bond follows the egg to India after it is put up for auction and bought by the wealthy prince Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan). There he meets the enigmatic and beautiful circus leader, Octopussy (Maud Adams) and discovers that Khan and the maniacal Russian General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) plan to cripple Western Europe with a nuclear explosion and incite a world war.^As indicated by its risqué title, OCTOPUSSY is one of the most licentious of the Bond films. Complete with the standard Bond components (sleazy one liners and deafening explosions) it overflows with sexual innuendoes. Maud Adams is the most alluring Bond of starlets to date. Her titillating performance as OCTOPUSSY inspired sexual fantasies in an entire generation of moviegoers. Having worked on a number of Bond films as an editor and director, John Glen insures a Bond film which is pleasing to both the cinematic aesthete and the Bond fanatic. Bordering on the realm of high art, OCTOPUSSY is a cinematic masterpiece.
Reviews
New York Times "...Better than most [007 films]....[Moore and James Bond] have grown gracefully indivisible..." 06/10/1983 p.C17
Variety "...Thrilling stuntwork....Roger Moore is eminently effective in the Bond role....Spectacular aerial stuntwork marking both the pre-credits teaser and [an] extremely dangerous-looking climax..." 06/08/1983
Directors
John Glen
Actors
Roger Moore
Cast & Crew
Alan Hume - Cinematographer
Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
George MacDonald Fraser, et. al. - Screenplay
Henry Richardson - Editor
Ian Fleming - Based On Stories By
John Barry - Original Music By
John Fenner - Art Director
John Glen - Director
Kabir Bedi - Actor
Louis Jourdan - Actor
Lynne Adams - Actor
Michael G. Wilson - Executive Producer
Peter Davies - Editor
Peter Lamont - Production Designer
Roger Moore - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1983
Catalog ID 112067
UPC 00027616066749
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Even though its title elicits snickering, Octopussy is a dead-serious James Bond movie. Full of exciting action, nifty gadgets, exotic locales, and even more exotic women, the thirteenth 007 adventure is among the series' best. It's certainly the top film of Roger Moore's tenure as the martini-shaking secret agent, a period which has been pooh-poohed in recent years due to the actor's penchant for tongue-in-cheek humor and hammy acting. Moore, however, is pitch-perfect in Octopussy, conveying both deadly intent and detached bemusement with a single raised eyebrow...Octopussy the film is packed with exciting action sequences, including: a pre-credit sequence featuring a miniaturized jet plane; a nighttime brawl involving a yo-yo chainsaw; a jungle tiger hunt with human quarry; and a dizzying airborne sequence where Bond hangs clings to a prop-driven private plane as it does loops and barrel rolls. Unlike the preposterous set pieces of Moonraker or The Spy Who Loved Me, the film's action is stripped-down and often realistic, aside from a silly assault on Kamal's compound by Octopussy's spandex-clad army and Bond in a Union Jack-bedecked hot-air balloon. But that's not so say there isn't any spectacle -- the circus antics are consistently amusing, and the Indian sequences, shot on location in South Asia, are loaded with vibrant scenery.
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Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's probably just a coincidence, but the two Bond films that Maud Adams appeared in -- The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy -- are easily the silliest entries in the long-running series (not counting the intentional spoof Casino Royale). In a duel of dumb storylines, Octopussy loses, but only by a length. There's a fine line between wit and absurdity, and this particular movie too often falls on the wrong side...1983 was the year of competing Bonds -- Connery against Moore; Never Say Never Again against Octopussy (the thirteenth "official" entry). Even though Connery's return was a remake of Thunderball and didn't have the John Barry/Monty Norman theme music, it was still better than Octopussy...Ultimately, it's the extravagant stunts and chases that save Octopussy from the scrap heap. The pre-credits episode features a stunning race between a 12-foot long jet and a heat-seeking missile. Later in the film, there's a pulse-pounding chase-and-battle sequence that takes place on the roof of a moving train...After Octopussy, Roger Moore announced his intention to retire from the role. Considering his lackluster performance here, which is at least partially responsible for this film's absence of flair and energy, the decision seemed appropriate. Ultimately, however, Moore returned for one more outing, and, while that film (A View to a Kill) wasn't a positive triumph, it at least gave the actor a better story with which to depart.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Moore,Roger
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald Roger Moore's best performance as Bond. He's sterling in this one.
Nicholas Sylvain, DVD Verdict James Bond's all time high.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Grand escapist fare...[that] throws in everything but the kitchen sink for the sake of an entertaining show.
Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium Great Bond.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson, SBS.is A fun little Bond flick.
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