YMMV / Octopussy

  • Awesome Music: Goes without saying in a Bond movie, but "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge is a classic song that holds its own, with lyrics by Tim Rice.
  • Broken Base: Bond dressing up as a clown during the first climax. Depending on who you ask it's either too silly (even for a Bond film from the Roger Moore era) or it's an acceptable, some daresay even clever, way of showing just how desperate Bond is as he races to avert tragedy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The way Bond let Major Smythe save face, so to speak, was the opposite of how Bond dealt with Dryden, an MI6 suspected embezzler, in Casino Royale (2006).
  • He Really Can Act: The scene where Bond confronts Orlov is probably Roger Moore's best moment as Bond and proof that he could play the part seriously if the occasion called for it.
  • 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.
    • Kabir Bedi, who plays the evil henchman Gobinda, also appeared in the low budget horror film Satan's Mistress around this same time with former Bond girl Lana Wood (Plenty O'Toole from Diamonds Are Forever).
  • 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?
  • Narm:
    • Bond dressing up as a clown and crocodile.
    • 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.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Has its moments of this.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Generally has a reputation as the most typical Bond movie.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • In the intro, as the plane flies through the building, you can see a white pole holding it up at least once. No freeze-framing required if you know when to look. It was much too dangerous to have the plane really flying through a building with people inside, and too expensive to paint out the pole. It's also a bit awesome to realize that they took a real jet plane through a building even if it wasn't flying.
    • The bit where 007 inadvertantly walks into a spiders web really isn't convincing, as the spiders are clearly rubber (and he even swipes a red kneed tarantula off his elbow with much ease).
    • At one point, one of Kamal's henchmen gets speared on a bed of nails. Problem: The scene in question is a whacking great close-up, and the rubber nails visibly bend under his weight.
  • Tearjerker: The death of 009, where we see him desperately running for his life only to succumb to a knife in his back the moment he he reaches his countrymen in West Berlin; his untimely death looms over Bond as he gives chase to his killers.
    • Vijay's death; It's one of those few times where Bond is profoundly affected by the death of an ally, respectfully covering his mutilated body. Especially gutwrenching considering what a nice guy he was.
  • 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.
    • The movie doesn't get as much mileage from the villain with the chainsaw-yoyo as it could.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Bond in India is never going to end well. It still does a lot better than Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but it's still uncomfortably neo-colonialist, especially Bond's remark, after tipping an Indian driver, "that'll keep him in curry for a while!" and it's treatment of women - never a Bond series strong point - is poor. See here.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Lived a short life in theaters to disparaging reviews. However, like many films of The '80s, HBO was very good to it.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Orlov smashes the real Fabergé egg. Yikes. Kamal Khan even looks horrified, realizing this.
    • Bond, you could attract less attention to the men who are hunting you by skipping the Tarzan yell.
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