Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Continuing my quest to watch all of the Bond films in order, Sharon, Jack and I watched Octopussy on Saturday night. Released in 1983, this is the thirteenth spy film in the James Bond series and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's title is taken from an Ian Fleming 1966 collection of short stories titled Octopussy and The Living Daylights. However, the film's story is original.

The murder of Agent 009 and a forgery of a Fabergé egg leads Bond to Kamal Khan, a wealthy Afghan prince, and Octopussy, the leader of an all-female octopus cult. Khan ends up betraying Octopussy and teaming up with a rogue Russian general. Octopussy owes Bond a favor for having helped her father long ago. They ally to stop a plot to force disarmament in Europe with the use of a nuclear weapon.

In addition to Roger Moore as James Bond, the cast includes Maud Adams as Octopussy, Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan and Robert Brown as M. Octopussy is the first movie to have Robert Brown as Bond's boss M due to the death of Bernard Lee in 1981. This is second appearance for Maud Adams as a Bond Girl; her previous character was killed in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Jack loved the opening sequence where Bond ends up piloting a 12 foot jet airplane through an open hangar. Overall, this may be one of my least favorite James Bond films. I found the plot slow and plodding.

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