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Octavia Charlotte Smythe / Octopussy
Played by: Maud AdamsA mysterious woman living on an island near Delhi with her Amazon Brigade. She made her wealth in jewels smuggling. Kamal Khan manipulates her in order to smuggle jewels out of USSR and uses her circus to hide a nuclear bomb and detonate it once the circus gets close to a NATO base in West Germany.
- All There in the Manual: Her full name is Octavia Charlotte Smythe (though Smythe was her father's family name, which was mentioned in the movie).
- Animal Motifs: The symbol of her smuggling network is a blue-ringed octopus.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Kamal Khan until her Heel–Face Turn after he betrays her.
- Character Title: Her name gives the film its title.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Not only does her father's death help a lot with the whole "mysterious woman living on an island with her Amazon Brigade" thing, but the circumstances behind his death made her have knowledge of Bond beforehand.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father's backstory.
- Femme Fatale: Especially during the film's first half where she is still very much a Mysterious Woman. It's also shown that she favors using Magda for this, as shown with Bond.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
- Heel–Face Turn: When she discovers that Kamal swapped the jewelry treasure with a nuclear bomb that nearly blew her and an entire base of innocent people up to let Russia into the West, she immediately joins MI-6 in confronting Kamal.
- Lady of War: During the final battle, she briefly fights mooks with a talwar.
- May–December Romance: Notable as being one of the very few late Moore-era Bond girls to downplay this trope (though she is still 18 years younger than Roger Moore). At age 38 at the time of the filming, she is the third oldest Bond girl Bond had ever met in a movie.
- Meaningful Name: Her father loved studying octopuses. And she keeps a venomous blue-ringed octopus as a pet in an aquarium.
- Ms. Fanservice: Busily skinny-dipping as Bond infiltrates her island, and emerges in the nude before wrapping in a towel as she goes off to greet Bond.
- Mysterious Woman: Very much especially during the film's first half.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted. She is actually grateful to Bond for allowing her father to commit suicide, as it saved her father the shame of a military trial (Bond was tasked with arresting him).
Played by: Louis JourdanAn Afghan prince who allied himself with Orlov and manipulates Octopussy for his scheme.
- Affably Evil: He is consistently cordial, even as he discusses how he wants to torture Bond.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Orlov and formerly Octopussy.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Gets beaten by Bond with his own loaded dice.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Loves tigerhunting on elephant back ... particularly when the "tiger" is a human.Kamal: Let the sport commence!
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Octopussy in order to smuggle jewels out of USSR and uses her circus to hide a nuclear bomb and detonate it once the circus gets close to a NATO base in West Germany, leaving her, her Amazon Brigade and thousands others to die.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Fittingly for a prince.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: After capturing Bond and imprisoning him in the Monsoon Palace, he invites him for dinner. In a twist, rather than attempt any semblance of cordiality, he discusses how he wants to torture Bond, and the dish served (sheep head) proves to be a little too exotic for Bond's tastes.
- Professional Gambler: Loves playing backgammon.
- Smug Snake: Very self assured and confident.
- Wicked Cultured: Evil and a prince.
Played by: Steven BerkoffA mad Soviet general who wants to conquer Western Europe with the help of Kamal Khan.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Kamal Khan.
- Chewing the Scenery: His glorious briefing scene at the beginning of the movie.
- Dirty Communist: As the standard for most Bond villains.
- General Ripper: Absolutely insane and bloodthirsty.
- Glory Hound:Gogol: [contemptuously] A common thief. A disgrace to the uniform!
Orlov: Yes, but tomorrow, I shall be a hero of the Soviet Union... [despite his pain, Orlov smiles faintly, and then dies.
- Go Out with a Smile: He smiles faintly before dying.
- In the Back: Orlov ultimately gets shot repeatedly by East German border soldiers while trying to board the train, and Gogol doesn't stop the shooter in time.
- Karmic Death: He is gunned down by East German border soldiers.
- Large Ham: Much like his later villainous Soviet character in another installment of an iconic action film franchise, Berkoff's fake Russian accent is over the top.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Is willing to see hundreds of thousands of people killed by a nuke and risk a nuclear war for his dream to come true.
- Red Scare: Interestingly, he's one of the last few to be this, as the Cold War was beginning to die down by the time the film was made. This is shown in his introductory scene, where the Politburo disagrees with him, and the other Soviet leaders are more interested in making peace with the West, making Orlov a Renegade Russian.
- Renegade Russian: He goes against the beliefs of most of his superiors and plots with Kamal to kill thousands.
- The Sociopath: The fact that his intended bombing of a US base will kill thousands of civilians and trigger World War 3 doesn't bother him at all.
- You're Insane!: Courtesy of General Gogol.
Played by: Kabir BediKamal Khan's gigantic Sikh bodyguard and main henchman.
- Beard of Evil: A very well-groomed one.
- BFG: Tries to kill Bond with a double-barrelled blunderbuss during the Rickshaw chase.
- The Brute: Is huge and very strong.
- Death Glare: It would be easier to count the moments when he doesn't throw death glares.
- Determinator: This guy can just keep on taking hits. It takes falling off a plane in flight for him to stay down.
- Disney Villain Death: Gets ordered by Khan to get Bond off their escape plane. He gets a wire in the face and falls off instead, and the plane was in midair.
- The Dragon: To Kamal Khan.
- Establishing Character Moment: All you need to know about him is that he crushes dice with his fist, complete with a Death Glare at Bond.
- Obviously Evil: When your Establishing Character Moment is crushing dice with your fist while throwing a Death Glare to the hero, you're this.
- Only One Name: He's only referred to as "Gobinda".
- Undying Loyalty: Though he becomes a little shaky at the prospect of climbing onto the wing of a moving plane, and for good reason.
Played by: Vijay AmritrajA MI-6 operative and ally of Bond in India. While Sadruddin is knowledgeable, it is Vijay who is the field agent and provides the most assistance to Bond.
- Badass Driver: With his Auto Rickshaw.
- Bond One-Liner: Before using a tennis racket to fend off mooks during the chase: "Game, set and match!"
- Catch Phrase: "No problem!"
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses his tennis racket to fend off mooks during the chase.
- Meta Casting: The character loves playing tennis. Vijay Amritraj was a tennis champion in real life. During the chase scene, while he hits mooks with his racket, nearby people are seen turning their had back and forth at every hit as if they were watching a tennis match.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is killed by the mook with the circular saw.
- Theme Tune Cameo: He introduces himself by playing a bar of the James Bond theme on a snake charmer's pipe.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is afraid of snakes... despite using a snake charmer cover.
Played by: Albert MosesWhen Bond arrives in India, Vijay takes him to his boss - Sadruddin, who then escorts Bond to his hotel, pointing out Kamal Khan's palace on the way. He appears in a couple of other scenes throughout the early parts of the film. The first is when he watches Kamal Khan playing backgammon, and then later at Q’s laboratory where he informs Bond about Octopussy's floating palace. Working as head of Station I, Sadruddin merely acts as a point of contact for Bond.
Played by: Kristina WaybornOctopussy and Kamal Khan's main henchwoman and circus director. She helps Kamal Khan to retrieve the Fabergé egg but ends up fighting on Bond's side after the nuclear bomb disposal.
- Action Girl: The one who most convincingly kicks ass in the assault in the climax.
- Amazon Brigade: The leader of Octopussy's Amazon Brigade.
- Belly Dancer: Poses as one in the climax to disctract Kamal's guards.
- Dark Action Girl: While she is still on the villains side.
- The Dragon: To Octopussy, and somewhat to Khan.
- Femme Fatale: Pulls this on Bond in order to steal the Fabergé Egg.
- Heel–Face Turn: Initially Magda is one of Kamal Khan's villainous henchmen, but after he betrays her and Octopussy, she joins Bond against him.
- Honey Trap: Does one to Bond in order to steal the Fabergé Egg.
- Lady of War: Becomes a ferocious fighter in the climax.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her bed scene is quite revealing (for a franchise so well known for its fanservice, bed scenes tend to be rare on this). Especially the way she escapes Bond: she ties one end of the sari she's wearing to a balustrade and jumps off a balcony, descending to safety as it unravels, leaving her in her underwear.
- Only One Name: She is only referred to by her first name, Magda.
- Sacrificial Lion: Averted. Magda 1) is a major character, 2) whom Bond first meets on the mission, 3) and has sex with, 4) but she's not the main Bond girl. These 4 traits combined would normally spell death for a character, but Magda lives, thanks to her Heel–Face Turn.
- She's Got Legs: Her dresses tend to put an emphasis on this, such as her dress as circus director.
- Stage Magician: As Octopussy's circus director, she does some tricks to the officials who attend the show.
- Stripperiffic: Her Belly Dancer outfit in the climatic battle.
- Supporting Leader: In the climax battle.
- The Vamp: Despite not being completely evil, while working for Khan, Magda seduces Bond so that she may steal the Faberge Egg.
Mischka and Grischka
Mischka and Grischka
Played by: David Meyer and Anthony MeyerKamal Khan and Orlov's Russian knife-throwing twin henchmen, who work undercover in Octopussy's circus. They killed 009 at the beginning of the film.
- And This Is For...: Double example. When Grischka corners and pins Bond to off him, invoking his dead brother. Bond returns him the line invoking 009 when he kills him with one of the knives he threw.
- Determinator: They keep on trying to kill Bond, even as he beats them.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Grischka is outraged by Mischka's death.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Grischka is killed by Bond with his own throwing knife.
- Kill It with Fire: Mischka tries to kill Bond with a blowtorch.
- Knife-Throwing Act: They work as knife throwers.
- Professional Killer: They're both Russian assassins.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Bonus points for being twin brothers.
- Weapon of Choice: Throwing knives.
Played by: Andy BradfordA 00 agent who investigated Orlov's jewels smuggling network in Octopussy's circus using a clown disguise. He was chased by Mischka and Grischka and fatally wounded by Grischka's throwing knife at the beginning of the film. Had just enough time to bring a stolen Fabergé egg to the British ambassador in Germany before succumbing, kicking off the plot.
- Determinator: Not even getting fatally wounded by Grischka stops him from delivering the stolen Fabergé egg.
- Hero of Another Story: His investigation and circus infiltration is never shown.
- Heroic Sacrifice: All things considered, he saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: As he is dying, he gives the Fabergé egg to the British ambassador.
- In the Back: Receives Grischka's throwing knife in the back.
- Irony: Bond ends up with the very same clown disguise as him in order to find and defuse the nuclear bomb in the circus.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: His murder while he was investigating the jewels smuggling network in Octopussy's circus leads to the discovery of Orlov's World War III plot.
- The Mole: In Octopussy's circus.
- No Name Given: He is only known as Agent 009.
- Pursued Protagonist: In the opening scene, he gets chased by Grischka and Mischka.
- Sad Clown: More like a "Tragic Clown"; he's killed trying to save the world.
- Spanner in the Works: He kicks off the plot and ultimately saved countless people from getting nuked.
- You Are Number 6: His rank as a Double-O agent is 009.