Saturday, January 21, 2017

Octopussy 1983

    British Agent 009 was murdered and he was holding an irreplaceable Faberge egg.  Agent 009 had been playing a clown at a circus and he was stabbed in the back.  This was done by one of the twin brothers in the knife-throwing act.  Bond is sent to an auction to sell the egg so he can find out who will be bidding on the egg.  Kamal Kahn from India buys the egg but he later meets up with Russian General Orlov.  Bond is sent to India and he meets Kamal Kahn while he is cheating at a gambling game.  Bond sees Magda with Kamal and she was also with him at the auction house.  Bond also meets Octopussy.   He later sees her at her compound in India and at the same circus troupe where Agent 009 was killed.
     There are lot of complications in the plot but no sharks and underwater diving scenes?  If you ever wanted to see Bond at a circus, you get your chance with this film.  He is involved in a lot of stunts with cars, motorcycles, trains and elephants.  None of this can be taken too seriously even if some events literally come down to the last second of time left.  3* (This movie is OK)

131 min, Action directed by John Glen with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, David Meyer, Tony Meyer, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Lois Maxwell.

Note:  Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 42% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 444 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in India, Germany, England and Utah.  One of the characters, Penelope Smallbone received her name because model Perri Small told Albert Broccoli her real last name was Smallbone.  Maud Adams was also in The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 and not credited in A View to a Kill 1985.  She is the only woman to appear in three Bond films.  Moore was born in 1927 and Maud in 1945.  There was 18 years difference in their ages in 1983.

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