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.
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.
2nd worst 007 movie with Roger Moore playing 007 like a clown. Some good action and Maud Adams is acceptable returning to the franchise in a different role. Steven Berkoff livens up the movie as a Russian general but most of the film involve stereotypical jokes about India and their food. Pathetic main villain and sidekick as well and the nuclear device countdown is an uninspired recycle of old and better 007 films.
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.
This film is incomprehensible and plain bad. yet you can't tear yourself away from it. After the great return in FYEO we get this bloated mess that could have easily been better. I gave it five stars-I'm a sucker for 007 in makeup.