REVIEW: Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy Poster 2When a fellow agent is killed in the line of duty and with a fake Fabergé egg in his hands, James Bond (Roger Moore) begins to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation led by Octopussy (Maud Adams) – but there’s more to the scheme than meets the eye.

Octopussy takes the story to India which is certainly different to the previous Bond films. I quite liked the taxi chase scenes in the streets of Udaipur and Vijay (Vijay Amritraj) made an excellent sidekick to Bond. He was funny and smart and definitely helped save Bond a few times during that sequence.

All the action set pieces look great and are often tense and exciting. There’s the chase in Udaipur, a chase and then a fight scene on a train, and there’s a sequence on plane at the end which is great too. It’s a shame the quieter moments aren’t as great and there’s a lot of character stereotypes.

I liked Octopussy herself. It was great to have “the bad guy” being a woman. She owned a circus as a front for her smuggling ring and all the women in the circus were trained to use their gymnastic skills to fight. The showdown between the real bad guys and Ooctopussy’s troupe were great to watch.

Octopussy has some great action pieces but it is quite a paint-by-numbers Bond film. The characters aren’t particularly fleshed out and the bad guys aren’t that threatening either. 3/5.

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