Roger Moore's last hurrah. (Or should have been.) This one at least seems tailor-made for a more "Mature" 007 ... unlike the other 80's Moores, where it's like Roger's filling in for the stuntman every once in a while. The clown-scene actually kind of worked ... in a ridiculous sort of way! And you couldn't have yanked the yappy lady out of the phone booth to CALL AUTHORITIES ABOUT THE NUCLEAR BOMB!?! Really?!?
Big fan of Glen's muscular action sequences + injection of gritty violence. Pre-title sequence is great (introducing ideas of performance/identity/Bond as chameleon that will continue throughout); post-title sequence of 009 dressed as clown and hunted by two knife-throwing twins through a fairy tale wood is almost Rollin-like in its surrealism; also the train + plane pursuits of the third provide amazing set-pieces.
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.