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  • How come 009 could reach a British embassy West Germany so easily by just letting his body be pulled along by a river from Karl-Marx-stadt? The inner German border was heavily guarded, and dozens of people were caught and then even killed doing things like that. Not to mention that incredibly dangerous-looking lockage he was flushed into at the beginning...
    • 009 is a British double-o agent, to be fair. He's presumably a bit more resourceful and able to get out of tight scrapes than your average East German trying to cross the border.
  • How exactly did Bond manage to get out of the Gorilla suit in the few seconds between the Indian Elite Mook noticing him and the decapitation of the costume? Without said Elite Mook seeing him doing so on top of that?
    • Because he used his Stealth Hi/Bye spy ability.
  • Why does the airplane at the end have those handy rails on top for Bond to hold onto? It's not like they strap cargo onto the roof of the plane!
    • Presumably to help anyone who needs to access the top of the plane when it's on the ground (during maintenance, for example).
  • So are we just not going to say anything about that name?
    • If we're being entirely fair, the movie does at least attempt to justify it by pointing out that it was the pet name that Octopussy's father gave her when she was younger. Quite what this suggests about their relationship is another matter.
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    • To be even more entirely fair, while "pussy" has the obvious Double Entendre connotations it was also commonly used both to refer to actual cats and as a term of affection (especially in the early/mid twentieth century, when Ian Fleming was growing up and writing). If The Other Wiki is to be believed, the Oxford English Dictionary also had/has at least one definition where it's used to refer to girls / women who display catlike traits in some way (usually the nicer ones). It's only relatively recently that the Double Entendre meaning has become the overwhelmingly dominant meaning.
  • What was the point of stealing Faberge eggs and making forgeries? Someone said something about stealing them, but we only ever see the bad guys buying them legally at auction. And then Kamal Khan smuggles them... where?
    • The Soviet general was selling the real eggs for hard currency, and using the forgeries to not get caught by the Soviet authorities. The egg they bought at the auction was a real one that they had to buy back after 006 stole the forgery. Otherwise the audit would have discovered it was missing and the general would be caught.
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  • Why does the switch operator move Bond's car to the other track? He had to know that a train was coming from the other direction, and, though the car took the worst of it, it's still not good for the train, either. He reacted with surprise and hurriedly moved the switch track when he saw the car, and it did not appear he was ordered to do so.
  • What was up with the dead bodies in Kamal's meat locker?

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