Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan
Directed by: John Glen
Written By: George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 2 hr 11 min
Octopussy represents a low point in the Roger Moore era as James Bond. Even a little worse than Moonraker in my opinion, at least that wasn’t boring. Roger at this point was starting to look just a little too old for the part, while the humor started to get pretty juvenile even for this series. The antagonist role was shared between Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), a jewel thief, and General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) who was looking to conquer Europe. Either one would have filled out the role perfectly. Separately, neither gets developed properly and it hurts the film. It’s pretty ridiculous stuff, and doesn’t bring much to the screen to redeem itself.
Expect a higher than usual quotient of juvenile humor with this Bond adventure, and you might get a kick out of it.
Best viewing format:
There are a couple of above average set pieces that would benefit from a big screen. Maybe a HD viewing if you have it.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Near the start of the film, Bond emerges from a horse trailer in a micro sized jet plane. It’s pretty much the only iconic ‘Bond’ moment, and the best action scene in the film in my opinion.