Watched Jul 04, 2012
Silent J’s review:
Continuing my journey to see every single 007 film before the release of Skyfall, I just got finished watching the thirteenth (and official) Bond film, Octopussy.
I say official because this film went head to head at the box office with unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again which was headlined by Sean Connery and released just a few months before this. In terms of box office numbers, Octopussy won the battle and in terms of an overall film, in my opinion, Octopussy once again comes out on top.
For a sixth outing as James Bond, Roger Moore is fantastic again. He once again brings everything necessary to make the serious, charming, and humorous parts of the role convincing. I was gonna wait to say this in my review for Moore's final Bond film, but (in my sincere opinion) Moore is a better Bond than Connery. I know, I know, you're all gonna say "Please! Connery made James Bond what he is today! How can Moore be better." Keep in mind, that what I'm saying does'nt mean Connery was bad. He was not only a fantastic Bond but the definitive Bond. Thing is, his performances were'nt as consistent as Moore. There were times near the end of his reign where it felt Connery was on autopilot, sleepwalked through it, or just got worse. Moore has been getting better and better with each film and I hope he does the same for his finale. He has a natural charm to him that I just prefer opposed to Connery. Again this is all my opinion. If you like Connery more than more power to you, but it looks like Moore just might be my favorite Bond thus far.
This film benefits by not having one, but TWO strong villains. They're a very different, but great in their own ways. The first is Kamal played by Louis Jourdan. Jourdan plays the role in a subtle and reserved way, kinda like a quiet villain who is waiting to strike and is loving every minute of it. He believes he's in control and when he isn't, there's no telling what he'll do next. The next villain is General Orlov played by Steven Berkoff who plays the role like a crazed egomaniac who will do anything to get what he wants. Both work very well in this film. The henchman Gobinda played by Kabir Bedi is also quite memorable comes off as a big threat for Bond, and standsout as a henchman with more depth than the average henchman.
The main Bond Girl is the title character played by Maud Adams. It may be strange that Maud Adams is in this considering she played a completely different character in The Man With The Golden Gun, but there is a reason she was chosen afterall. Apart from giving a good performance, she showed some amazing chemistry with Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun and that chemistry still stands here. A secondary and important female character is Magda played by Kristina Wayborn. Not only does she provide a fine performance and and the phisicality necessary for her role, but she is smoking hot. I mean...damn man. I don't mean to be a pig but she was drop dead gorgeous in this. She has that seductive look in her eye that's not only necessary for the role but she was hot as hell.
The film as a whole is silly as hell. I mean, the title says it all (How they hell did they get away with a title like that?) and you'll be a fool if you're going in hoping for a serious Bond flick. This is definitely one of the more sillier Bonds, but also one of the more enjoyable ones. I went in with low expectations and this ended up being fun as hell. This did'nt take itself too seriously and it worked out in the end. It's funny and has some cool moments. I really liked this one moment where Vijay (an ally of Bond, I liked the character by the way) plays a tune on a flute that is none other than the Bond theme. Bond recognizes it immediately and says "That's a nifty tune." I just thought it was a cool moment. You also get some really cool and exciting action sequences, great characters, great soundtrack, and a great story all wrapped in one.
All in all, I had absolutely no problems with this. It's a fun ride and I loved every minute of it. Might just be my favorite Moore Bond picture.