This is the Bond that I was first introduced to when I was a kid.
The film actually is one half of a clever spy story with the nuclear bomb and the jewel smuggling scheme. As well the action is quite good and is evenly paced. This film doesn't drag in places as in other Bond pictures. Plus to all the critics who said Moore was too old for this picture. I'd like to remind you that you almost had Josh Brolin in this role. Thank God, Roger Moore decided not to retire yet. Definitely one of his better performances as Bond.
Clowns murdered, rare jewels smuggled, evil Ruskie general getting shot, a fight on top of a train and and another on the top of a plane! BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! Lets not forget an island of acrobatic, kung-fu fighting, belly dancing super-models. Not to mention Q gets in on the action. I had forgotten how much fun this movie is. It is after all the shameless epitome of the male fantasy that we've come to know as BOND. I mean everyone wants to be Bond, just a little bit!...Perhaps Q (Desmond Llewelyn) said it best in a manner both expressing his disgust and jealousy, "007 on an island of women. We won't see him till dawn."
And, seeing Bond painted like a clown running around is a real low point for Moore's Bond
Gadgets 1/5 nothing to speak of
Bond Theme 1/5 probably the worst theme
When fanatical Soviet General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) devises a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on a West German U.S. Air Force Base, by stealing valuable jewels from the Kremlin and selling them to aristocratic smuggler Kamal Kahn (Louis Jordan), which in turn will use his business partner, Octopussy's (Maud Adams) traveling circus to get the bomb onto the base, and blow it up, which would lead to the U.S. pulling it's forces out of Western Europe, and then the Soviets would be able to take over. 007 is sent in after 009 shows up dead at the British Embassy in East Germany holding a Faberge egg.
Roger Moore is starting to look a little old in this one, but at least this Bond Girl (Maud Adams) is roughly his age. Louis Jordan gives a wonderful performance as 007's top villian. And the locations are spectacular, they make India look like a wonderful place to visit.