"Mr Bond is indeed of a very rare breed… soon to be made extinct"
— Kamal Khan
The one where Bond disguises himself as a clown. Honk honk.Octopussy is the 13th James Bond film, and the sixth to star Roger Moore. After a replica Fabergé egg is found on an assassinated agent, Bond is sent to India to infiltrate a circus gang led by Octopussy (Maud Adams, the only Bond girl actress to make a second leading appearance).007 soon discovers a connection between the priceless Fabergé egg, an elaborate smuggling operation and a meeting with Renegade Russian General Orlov who plans on detonating a nuclear device at Octopussy's circus as part of his plan to force an American withdrawal from their bases in Western Europe, allowing the Soviets to dominate the continent.The unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again, with Sean Connery, came out the same year. Octopussy grossed slightly more, and there hasn't been a Bond film from any company other than Eon Productions since.Despite the title, it has surprisingly little to do with a popular subject of Japanese pornography.
This film contains examples of:
Actor Allusion: Vijay plays tennis on his spare time and fights off some goons with a tennis racquet. He's played by a tennis player.
Which leads to a Visual Pun of an Indian crowd watching Vijay fighting with the tennis racket as if they were watching a tennis match.
The Anticipator: Bond introduces himself at the reception of an Indian hotel and is told, "We've been expecting you," which is, fortunately for James Bond, more positive than the other appearances of this trope in the other Bond films.
Auction: Bond enters one to seek out the one who is interested in this Fabergé egg business.
Because I'm Jonesy: In the opening teaser, Bond impersonates Colonel Luis Toro, only to be captured and brought to the real Toro.
Bond: Well, it's a small world. You're a Toro, too.
It's emphasized that Orlov is acting independent of the Politburo, and that Gogol and the other Soviet leaders are more interested in making peace with the West. The Breshnev Expy explicitly states that the Soviet nuclear arsenal is purely defensive.
During the final third of the plot, Gogol is pursuing Orlov to stop him, though he isn't aware of the true nature of Orlov's scheme (Though he probably would have disapproved of that if he'd known about it).
Distracted by the Sexy: The parachutists holding Bond prisoner at the beginning, and the guards at Kamal's palace at the end.
The Danza: Bond's ally Vijay, an amateur tennis player, is played by...tennis pro Vijay Amritraj.
Exploding Fish Tanks: This time the fishtanks get their revenge! When the title character is targeted by assassins her pet blue-ringed octopus (who's clearly watched Alien) facehugs a thug to death after its tank gets broken during the struggle.
Fake Nationality: Everyone who isn't British or American, period. Except maybe that one GDR border guard with the megaphone, who sounds quite like a native.
Faux Action Girl: Octopussy herself. During the final scene, her bridgade, full of REAL Action Girls, does a great job of subduing all the guards and taking control of the castle. Octupussy herself, on the other hand, is captured laughably easily by Kamal, and is carried around by The Dragon with barely even token resistance until Bond saves her.
Follow That Car: A Soviet military driver is rather disconcerted to be told to follow Bond's car along a railway line.
Giving Them the Strip: Magda uses a variation of this to escape from Bond: she ties one end of the sari she's wearing to a balustrade and jumps off the balcony, "riding" the garment down to safety as it unravels.
Going Commando: Bond catches a glimpse of Octopussy stepping out of the pool stark naked.
Groin Attack. Narrowly averted — Bond is sliding down a stairway railing, blazing away at mooks with a captured AK-47. He then quickly uses the rest of the magazine to shoot off the knob at the end of the railing. Prior to that however Bond - dressed as a clown - kicked a security guard at the circus in the groin while trying to get to the bomb. Also during the raid Octopussy and her girls stage on Kamal's stronghold at least one, maybe two, of his thugs get kicked in the groin.
Improperly Placed Firearms: The East German guards have AK's, but for some reason Orlov's personal bodyguard are carrying Austrian Steyr AUG's.
Ironic Echo/Dark Reprise: Vijay's "No problem!", uttered by Bond after Vijay's corpse is found. Later, when another character randomly uses the same phrase, Bond clearly winces, reminded of his friend.
Jurisdiction Friction: Implied when Orlov chases the train as it crosses the inner-German border. He apparently thinks that, as a Soviet General, the GDR border guards would let him through. They shoot him.
Averted when the German policemen chase Bond into the American military base, then assist the military policemen in searching the compound.
Mood Whiplash: The movie bounces between the campier elements of Moore's tenure (uncovering a smuggling ring run by circus people and an all-girl army) with the darker tone created by the previous film, For Your Eyes Only (a mad Soviet general wants to start World War III!).
A good rule of thumb with all Bond films: The grander and more evil the plan of the villain, the lighter the tone of the film. And Vice Versa.
My Car Hates Me: Played with. When Kamal is leaving the Circus in US army base to escape the bomb, he is visibly worried when Gobinda can't get the car started. Then the second try is successful and he is relieved.
Never Smile at a Crocodile: Bond has a vehicle with an appearance of a crocodile. Later one, when his fight with the yoyo mook moves to water, a crocodile appears to the dispatch the villain.
Nice Kitty: Bond tells a tiger to "Sit". And it does.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Soviet chairman at the beginning of the film is obviously supposed to be Leonid Brezhnev (who actually died before the film was released).
No More for Me: A drunken guard upon seeing a woman standing on an elephant's head.
Smug Snake: Kamal Khan actually doesn't seem to realize he's just a henchman.
Stock Scream: Heard in the Moore-era films. When Bond and Gobinda are fighting outside the plane and uses the antennae to knock him off. This same scream is heard both in A View to a Kill and Moonraker
Stuka Scream: The BD-5 Acrostar in the opening scene and Kamal's plane at the end.
Stun Guns / Tranquilizer Dart: Apparently Octopussy's mooks are a lot more squeamish about killing than other criminals turned Bond allies in past movies. I'm sure that's not because they're girls or anything...
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A new M apparently makes his debut in this story. No-one mentions what happened to the previous one, which has caused many to claim that this is actually a case of The Other Darrin, and that it's still the original M but with a different actor playing him.
There's also the theory that the new M is really Admiral Hargreaves, actor Robert Brown's character from The Spy Who Loved Me.
Note that this was because the original actor had died, which actually happened before For Your Eyes Only. M was absent entirely from that one, stated to be on leave, but here they had to get a new actor. And if it is Hargreaves then he's been demoted; he was a Vice Admiral in The Spy Who Loved Me, but is stated to be a Rear Admiral in The Living Daylights.
Theme Tune Cameo: Vijay introduces himself by playing a bar of the James Bond theme on a snake charmer's pipe.
Averted with the theme song. The song is titled "All Time High", and the word "Octopussy" cannot be found in the lyrics at all. (Chris Cornell, who wrote a later Bond theme, has declared that "Nobody wrote a song called ‘Octopussy’ but I think that was a mistake! They had a great opportunity and they squandered it.")
Traintop Battle: Bond has to fight Gobinda Grishka on top of Octopussy's circus train.
Understatement: How do you tell the audience of a circus that they were barely seconds from being in the epicenter of a nuclear detonation? "Ladies and Gentlemen, we had an emergency..."
You Killed My Father: Subverted. Octopussy 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).