John Glen (born 15 May 1932) is a film director. He was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. A former film editor and second unit director, Glen has carved his niche in action pictures. His first credit was on the James Bond flick “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). Other credits as film editor include Peter Yates’ “Murphy’s War” (1970), the trial drama “Conduct Unbecoming” (1975) and the Bond films “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and “Moonraker” (1979), both directed by Lewis Gilbert. He moved to the director’s chair with “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), which eschewed much of the gadgetry and cartoon style of the previous entries in the series. Glen serviceably directed four more Bond films “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill” (1985), “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “Licence to Kill” (1989). Since abandoning the Bond franchise, he has overseen “Aces: Iron Eagle III” and the unsuccessful “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” (both 1992). —TCM
Entertaining Moore outing where the action was revved up but the plot...not so much. One can excuse the blandness of performance, the non-sensity of plot and the fairly blatant cultural stereotypes and simply revel in top notch stunt work and serviceable action. Not amongst the worst of the series but safely in the middle of the pack somewhere.
Much like Golden Gun, Octopussy often gets a bad rap. But if you can endure a few choice sound effects, as well as the ridiculous clown makeup that Bond dons around the third act, you might see a film with tremendous stunts, a competent plot, fine performances, and many of the staples of Fleming that have been generally missing from the earlier Moore era.
The script needed an extra draft or two, but Octopussy still remains one of the better Roger Moore adventures. Louis Jordan and Maud Adams are both good in otherwise underwritten roles and and the action sequences are the most electrifying of the Moore era. A shame director John Glen allows the slapstick humor of Moonraker to return in the most inappropriate moments. Wonderful John Barry score though.