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Octopussy (1983)

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42

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 21

Despite a couple of electrifying action sequences, Octopussy is a formulaic, anachronistic Bond outing.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Despite a couple of electrifying action sequences, Octopussy is a formulaic, anachronistic Bond outing.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Movie Info

This (13th) time around, 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) receives the usual call to come and visit M when another agent drops off a fake Faberge jeweled egg at the British embassy in East Berlin and is later killed at a traveling circus. Suspicions mount when the assistant manager of the circus Kamal (Louis Jourdan), outbids Bond for the real Faberge piece at Sotheby's. Bond follows Kamal to India where the superspy thwarts many an ingenious attack and encounters the antiheroine of the

Oct 17, 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (21) | DVD (18)

Glen's willingness to give the action sequences a certain weight and seriousness produces some genuinely exciting moments, yet his work is everywhere undermined by the flatness of the characterizations and the uncertain architecture of the plot.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Film's high points are the spectaccular aerial stuntwork marking both the pre-credits teaser and extremely dangerous-looking climax.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Bond had degenerated into a male model, and something of a genial anachronism.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The action sequences are tighter, the visual gags more inventive, and if the plot is no great shakes, the whole thing is served up with a decent approximation to the old panache.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Makes no pretense of being based on anything except the Ian Fleming character and the high good humor and wit of the film makers.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's a fine line between wit and absurdity, and this particular movie too often falls on the wrong side.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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More sexual innuendo than usual in provocatively named film.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Octopussy features 2 stand-out action sequences but for the most part, it's an overlong, sluggish, and schizophrenic entry in the Bond series.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

James Bond is old. Wrinkled-forehead old. Lecherous-coot old. Strategic-hairstyle old. Senior meal-discount old. Simply ... old. That's the biggest takeaway from Roger Moore's second-worst outing as 007, hot on the heels of his second-best.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

While the film is the first of the genuinely bloated Bond movies, it only rarely drags.

August 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bottom-drawer Bond.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Little is added that departs from the Bond formula.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nice title, shame about the movie.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

One for the die hards. The saving grace here is a knowing sense of humour so lacking in its predecessor, For Your Eyes Only.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Roger Moore Bond days are drawing to close, as this weak entry shows.

April 20, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A fun little Bond flick

February 10, 2008

Hardly Mr. Bond's finest hour.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

I've never been a big fan of this Bond flick. Catchy name, though.

December 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Roger Moore's best performance as Bond. He's sterling in this one.

March 20, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Worst of the Roger Moore Bond films has a license to bore.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

May satisfy die hard Bond fans, but won't work for anyone else. Among the franchise's weakest efforts.

August 16, 2002

Audience Reviews for Octopussy

"Octopussy", the 13th James Bond movie, is Roger Moore's best 007 picture. This is a very entertaining adventure with some excellent performances from the cast. "Octopussy" takes 007 to India and Germany were he gets in way over his head trying to avenge the death of a fellow agent by stopping some seriously nasty jewelry smugglers who were involved in the death of agent 009. Moore gives his best performance as Bond, and he's surrounded by a terrific cast. Maud Adams (Octopussy) and Kristina Wayborn (Magda) are wonderful as the Bond women; Louis Jourdan (Kamal Khan) and Kabir Bedi (Gobinda) are excellent as two of the main villains. All the other actors in "Octopussy" are cast to perfection except one: Steven Berkoff goes way over-the-top in his portrayl of the third villain, Soviet General Orlov. This character is just too silly here, and I'd wish the writers would have taken this character out. His prescene mars what would have made this a perfect film. However, this character doesn't appear in the film as much as the other two villains and that's good. Berkoff played a much better villain in "Beverly Hills Cop", which came out a year-and-a-half after this. Here, he overacts. Aside from that, "Octopussy" is one of the best James Bond movies ever made. And, Desmond Llewelyn gives one of his funniest performances here as gadgetmeister Q. Lots and lots of fun. 4 Stars 2-16-14
February 17, 2014
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Bruce Bruce

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Entry 13 in the Bond franchise (and Moore's second to last portrayal of the character) is easily one of the weaker and sillier ones. And to think they did so well in the last one to tone things down, only to once again get campy.

This time out Bond gets embroiled in a plot that mixes jewelry smuggling, forgery, a pro-femme cult lead by the titular Octopussy (which has a major thing for octopuses), and a plan to end detente and take down all NATO forces/countries.

There's a lot going on in this, and, while I can't fault them for ambition, it gets rather muddled and hard to follow at times. This one is also fairly long, and really feels that way too, featuring several scenes that often go on longer than needed.

There's also a number of silly cheesy moments that did nothing for me, not least of which includes Bond hiding in both gorilla and clown costumes, and an eye rolling nod to Tarzan.

There are some good sequences though, like a fun train fight and the climactic battle on a plane, but overall, this is a largely dull affair. Moore wanted this to be his last Bond film, and you can tell as he looks bored, but he was roped into one more after this, and that one is almost even more uninspired than this, though not as silly.

This one does have its moments, but in the end proves to be really kinda dumb and forgettable.
November 4, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A solid addition, and one of the better scripts for the roger moore era. the epitome of bond ethos is featured here, with excellent use of villains and interesting locations and set pieces.
June 16, 2013
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

The 13th entry in the Bond series suffers from a weak and confusing plot that tries to mix together too many elements that only jumble up the story instead of focusing on what matters. It's hard to be entertained when you are constantly trying to figure out how anything that is happening on screen has relevance to the story. It's actually quite sad because there's some of the best action of the Roger Moore era in this film, including a fantastic finale where Bond is on top of a moving airplane. These good action sequences are undermined by the weak script and flat humor that often characterizes Roger Moore's Bond films. Too many one-liners, silly and sometimes dreadfully dumb moments (Bond imitates Tarzan at one point and you can't help but shake your head), and performances that are not up to par. Roger Moore is clearly not enjoying this as much anymore and just going through the motions. Octopussy has its moments, but it's by far one of the weakest Bond films.
January 11, 2013
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

    1. "M": 007 You Had no business bidding on that egg! and what would you have done if you got it?
    2. James Bond: l would have claimed it was a fake, sir, and not paid.
    3. "M": Not Paid?
    4. James Bond: Here's the original. l switched it with the fake during the auction.
    5. "M": Good God! And what happens when the buyer discovers that?
    6. James Bond: Well, he complains. lf he's legitimate.
    7. "M": well
    8. James Bond: l don't think he will complain.
    – Submitted by Aaron P (19 days ago)
    1. Kamal: You have a nasty habit of surviving.
    2. James Bond: You know what they say about the fittest.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Vijay, we have company!
    2. Vijay: No problem. This is a company car.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
    1. Kamal: Spend the money quickly, Mr. Bond
    2. James Bond: I intend to, Kamal Khan.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
    1. Kamal: Bond is of a rare breed SOON to be extinct
    – Submitted by David L (2 years ago)
    1. James Bond: You'll need this to play with your asp.
    – Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
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