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.
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.