Trivia / Octopussy

  • 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. This leads to a Visual Pun of an Indian crowd watching Vijay fighting with the tennis racket as if they were watching a tennis match.
  • California Doubling: Kent doubles for Cuba in The Teaser. In fact, this was the site where Fort Knox was built for Goldfinger. In some scenes, Britain doubled for Germany.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Marvel Comics adapted the film as a one-off Marvel Super Special magazine.
  • The Danza: Bond's ally Vijay, an amateur tennis player, is played by...tennis pro Vijay Amritraj.
  • Dueling Movies: With Sean Connery's Never Say Never Again, being dubbed "The Battle of the Bonds". Neither film really wowed critics. Octopussy won by a tight margin at the box office.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Kamal Khan, the exiled Afghan prince, is played by French actor Louis Jourdan.
    • English actor Steven Berkoff and German actor Walter Gotell play Russians. Swedish actress Maud Adams plays an Englishwoman.
  • Prop Recycling: In the scene where Octopussy's circus was walking down the street, there is a brief glimpse of a performer on stilts wearing a skull mask which looks like the one from Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
  • Throw It In: The bicyclist seen passing in the middle of a sword fight during the tuk tuk chase sequence was in fact a bystander who passed through the shot, oblivious to the filming; his intrusion was captured by two cameras and left in the final film.
  • Troubled Production: The film had problems in the writing phase after initial writer George MacDonald Fraser's draft contained several scenes that were ludicrously infeasible to film, in addition to generally lacking the feel of a Bond film, necessitating a rushed overhaul of the screenplay by veteran Bond writer Richard Maibaum and producer Michael G. Wilson. Casting the title character also proved difficult, with close to two dozen actresses being screen-tested before the producers finally threw their hands up and cast Maud Adams, who had previously been the secondary Bond Girl in The Man with the Golden Gun, while lifting some details from the original Ian Fleming story (the script having been an In-Name-Only adaptation until that point) to explain her non-Indian appearance. Then, during filming Roger Moore's stunt double was severely injured after an accident while filming the train sequence, which affected morale for the rest of the shoot.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Moore was considering stepping down from the role following For Your Eyes Only, and EON were looking to recast, even toying with the idea of casting an American (James Brolin, who screen-tested three times) as Bond. However, when the rival "unofficial" film Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery was announced to release around the same time as Octopussy, EON decided to stick with Moore, feeling that pitting a new, untested Bond actor against a juggernaut like Connery would be a horrible move. It paid off, as while both films were successful, Octopussy beat NSNA at the box office.
    • Faye Dunaway was considered for Octopussy, but was deemed too expensive. Grace Jones was also considered, but producers balked at the possible negative response to Bond having a black love interest. Other candidates were Sylvia Krystel, Kathleen Turner and Cybll Shepard.
    • Rutger Hauer was considered for General Orlov.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Maud Adams had previously played Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun.
    • M is played by Robert Brown, who previously played Admiral Hargreaves in The Spy Who Loved Me. Some fans say they are the same person.
    • Albert Moses, who plays Sadruddin, previously played a bartender in The Spy Who Loved Me.
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