Octopussy – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Glen

Cast: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, Vijay Amritraj, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Robert Brown, Michaela Clavell

Film matched beverage: Eggnog

Synopsis: British agent 009 is murdered while clutching a forgery of a priceless Faberge Egg.   Bond sets off on the trail of a smuggling ring, in an adventure that takes him throughout India.   As he delves deeper, he meets queen smuggler Octopussy, and learns that she herself has been duped in a scheme that goes well beyond simple smuggling.

Moore is getting older, that much is clearly visible, but this is the last film in which that can be said.   By all rights, this should have been his last film, and it would have been a good way to end had he chosen to do so.   Though never quite reaching the height of entertainment and thrill that was The Spy Who Loved me, this film is a solid spy thriller and has remained popular over time.

The plot is more than effective, it is the supporting players in this film that could use a bit more spark.   There are only two exceptions, and the respective roles are relatively minor within this film.   The first is tennis star Vijay Amritraj.   Though not a professional actor, he has a natural sense of comic timing, and though his tennis ability is exploited in the film, it is an extended cameo that overall succeeds.   The other successful supporting star is Kristina Wayborn as Magda, one of the members of Octopussy’s circus.   Her role is small but she dominates the screen while on it, and goes so far as to overshadow Adams’ Octopussy in spark, charm, and intrigue.   Not that there is anything wrong with Adams performance, but unlike her appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun, she has little to work with beyond reactionary acting.   Had they combined the two characters, my opinion may very well have changed.

Otherwise, every other role is forgettable.   It is Moore and the action set pieces that are  the stars of this film.  Some incredible action is available in this film, including some great train-top stunts.   Indeed, viewers should watch these with full respect of the dangers involved in getting these stunts on film, as a stuntman was seriously injured during filming of these sequences.      No wonder with high def, these action sequences are so much more incredible than some of the stuff we see today.  Not a computer generated image to be seen anywhere.

Many people will already have their own opinions and feelings about Octopussy.   For me it is the last of the few entertaining Moore Bonds.   As indicated above, this would have been a fantastic way for him to wrap up his tenure as the character.   Pity he did not feel the same way at the time.

3 stars out of 5


Octopussy on IMDB

Octopussy on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdedJL39WN4&feature=plcp]


Eggnog recipe

6 eggs

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

0.25 teaspoon nutmeg

0.75 cup of brandy

0.5 of a cup Jamaican Rum

2 cups thickened cream

2 cups milk

Beat eggs for 2-3 minutes until frothy.   Beat in sugar, vanilla and nutmeg.   Stir in Brandy, rum, cream and milk.   Serve cold.   For best results, sit in fridge overnight, and mix in blender before serving.

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