Octopussy (1983)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 1983.  United Artists, Eon Productions. Screen story and Screenplay by , , , based on the stories Octopussy and The Property of a Lady by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Though this Bond adventure, the sixth to star , isn’t as smooth on action as others and does feature Bond in a clown costume, it’s still a grand adventure. 007 is sent to India to investigate the mysterious death of a double-0 agent who is found holding a false Faberge egg, a clue that leads to (what else) a madman intent on taking over the world. Somewhere in between, Bond comes into contact with an elegant villain () and a beautiful smuggler (), who is the best aspect of this film: exquisite and refined, she is one of the most fascinating of all the Bond girls (and for trivia fans, Adams is the only one to play a lead Bond girl twice, following her appearance in The Man With The Golden Gun). Their romance, set against the country’s exotic backdrops (the only time a Bond film has been shot in India) is irresistibly attractive, and their race to save the world from total destruction exciting and breathtaking. Moore hams it up a bit too much, and was already starting to look a bit too ripe for the job, but he is still good enough to carry it on for one more adventure before his last.


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