Critics Consensus

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



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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 title (Maud Adams), an international smuggler who runs the circus as a cover for her illegal operations. It does not take long to figure out that Orlov (Steven Berkoff), a decidedly rank Russian general is planning to raise enough money with the fake Faberges to detonate a nuclear bomb in Europe and then defeat NATO forces once and for all in conventional warfare. John Glen returns again to handle directing duties, the second of five Bond films he lensed.

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Roger Moore
as James Bond
Louis Jourdan
as Kamal Khan
Maud Adams
as Octopussy
Kabir Bedi
as Gobinda
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Suzanne Jerome
as Gwendoline
Albert Moses
as Sadruddin
Michaela Clavell
as Penelope Smallbone
Philip Voss
as Auctioneer
Bruce Boa
as U.S. General
Anthony Meyer
as Twin Two
Geoffrey Keen
as Minister of Defense
Cheryl Anne
as Octopussy Girl
Paul Hardwick
as Soviet Chairman
William Derrick
as Thug with YoYo
Stuart Saunders
as Maj. Clive
Patrick Barr
as British Ambassador
Gabor Vernon
as Borchoi
Ken Norris
as Col. Toro
David Grahame
as Petrol Pump Attendant
Brian Coburn
as South American VIP
Michael Halphie
as South American Officer
Susanne Dando
as Gymnast Supervisor
Roberto Germains
as Circus Ringmaster
Richard Graydon
as Francisco the Fearless
Mary Stavin
as Octopussy Girl
Carolyn Seaward
as Octopussy Girl
Carole Ashby
as Octopussy Girl
Julia Janiz
as Octopussy Girl
Julie Martin
as Octopussy Girl
Joni Flynn
as Octopussy Girl
Kathy Davies
as Octopussy Girl
Helene Hunt
as Octopussy Girl
Gillian De Terville
as Octopussy Girl
Louise King
as Octopussy Girl
Tina Robinson
as Octopussy Girl
Alison Worth
as Octopussy Girl
Lynda Knight
as Octopussy Girl
Lisa Jackman
as Gymnast
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Critic Reviews for Octopussy

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Audience Reviews for Octopussy

  • Nov 19, 2015
    Showing his age and literally running away with the circus, Roger Moore stars in this pedestrian Bond adventure where the title proves the most thrilling component. Seeing 007 dressed up as a clown pretty much sums up how silly, diluted, and unexciting this series had become when compared to the intoxicating high bar set during the swinging '60s. In this PG-rated spy adventure, a fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond (Moore) to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy (Adams), being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. Two decades and several white hairs on, Bond comes full circle with his camp leanings by becoming a cheap carnival ride, boasting only one series hallmark with a slight - very slight - of hand making the duplicitous Octopussy seem like the big bad. Some amped-up action sequences might keep you invested but the only truly exciting component of this flick is its title. Bottom line: All Time Not-So-High
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2015
    Of course, I wrote in my For Your Eyes Only review that I appreciated the tongue and cheek being toned down a bit, only to be overwhelmed with goofiness with Osctopussy. There's a lot of entertainment to be had with this film, but sadly I felt a ton of opportunities were wasted. It seemed as though the plot was going to shift the motivations of the lead villain from craving world domination down to simply a jewel thief. To me, that was intriguing. Bringing the stories to a more realistic focus would have been compelling for this film. But instead we got a mess of a film. I'm just very tired of the use of nuclear weapon's for the lead villain. It's been used over and over again. Not every bad guy has nukes. I also felt they took the setting of India and abused it a bit. I'm sorry but how many different animals were used as spectacles or traps for Bond? Bond literally tells a wild tiger to sit down, and it listens. It got a bit ridiculous, especially knowing how noticibly fake most of them were. Certainly some of the sequences can be entertaining, but when a professional tennis player's cameo turns into him beating villains over the head with a tennis racket overpowering machine guns, you know you've taken it too far. But it's disappointing that this film didn't take advantage at having a female antagonist. The series thus far hasn't had a lead female villain, and I thought for awhile it would be the first. She was hidden from the audience for a good portion of the film similar to Blofeld which made for an interesting proposition. Sadly, 'Octopussy' turns out to be just like most other Bond girls. On the flip side, Q gets to play a bigger role which was a good change up from being back at MI6 all the time. There's no denying this film's entertainment, but there's just too many missed opportunities. +Q is a bigger part +Very good first half -Missed opportunities -Yet another nuclear obsessed villain 5.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Why Roger Moore got to make so many Bond films is beyond me, It has to be one of the worst Bonds ever, A plot that doesn't add up, Very little action and what action there was is ruined by stupid one liners or for example, Swinging from trees making a Tarzan noise, Dressing up as a clown or in a gorilla outfit, It's stupid And if I needed anymore reason to think Moore is the worst Bond ever Octopussy seals the deal.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
    "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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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