These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
"All Time High" by Rita Coolidge is a classic song that holds its own.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The first climax involves Bond successfully deactivating a nuclear bomb - something he couldn't do almost 20 years earlier in the climax of Goldfinger.
Les Yay: There are a couple of looks exchanged between Octopussy and Magda that hint at sexual tension. When Magda protests letting Bond go through with his antics at the circus she sounds like an annoyed girlfriend, and the look on Octopussy's face in response to this practically screams Can we please not do this right now?
During Kamal Khan's literal manhunt, Bond swings through the trees, complete with Tarzan yell.
Narm Charm: The infamous scene where Bond is dressed as a clown is actually quite tense and suspenseful, what with nobody taking him seriously while he's desperately trying to warn the generals of the nuclear bomb that's about to go off. "Let me go, damnit! There's a bomb in there!" What really seals the deal is that we actually see the bomb's counter hit 0, as Bond disarms it at literally the last split-second.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Octopussy was built up to be quite a formidable woman with her own empire, but the few times she engages in the action she gets beaten rather easily. Kind of a shame considering that actress Maud Adams actually did have good chemistry with Roger Moore.