Albert R. Broccoli Presents Roger Moore as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007.
"Roger Moore's best performance as Bond. He's sterling in this one. Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald
|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 overpowering sex appeal as he investigates the murder of a fellow agent who was clutching a priceless Faberge egg at the time of his death.|
"Grand escapist fare...[that] throws in everything but the kitchen sink for the sake of an entertaining show. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"James Bond's all time high. Nicholas Sylvain, DVD Verdict
"Great Bond. Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A fun little Bond flick. Stefan Birgir Stefansson, SBS.is
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.
Cast & Crew
New York Times
"...Better than most [007 films]....[Moore and James Bond] have grown gracefully indivisible..."
"...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..."
ReelViews 6 of 10
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.
- James Berardinelli
Reel.com 8 of 10
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.
- Tor Thorsen