June 10th, 1983



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A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death leads James Bond to uncovering an international jewel smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on NATO forces.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 6.5/10 (32,643 voted)

Director: John Glen

Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan

James Bond's next mission sends him to the circus. A British agent was murdered and found holding onto a priceless Faberge egg. Kamal Kahn buys the egg at an auction, but Bond becomes suspicious when Kahn meets up with Russian General, Orlov. Bond soon finds out that Kahn's and Orlov's plan is to blow a nuclear device in an American Air Force Base. Bond teams up with a circus group, which are headed by the beautiful Octopussy, who is also close friend of Kahn. Will Bond be quick enough, before World War III begins?

Writers: George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum

Roger Moore - James Bond
Maud Adams - Octopussy
Louis Jourdan - Kamal
Kristina Wayborn - Magda
Kabir Bedi - Gobinda
Steven Berkoff - Orlov
David Meyer - Twin One
Tony Meyer - Twin Two (as Anthony Meyer)
Desmond Llewelyn - Q
Robert Brown - M
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Michaela Clavell - Penelope Smallbone
Walter Gotell - Gogol
Vijay Amritraj - Vijay
Albert Moses - Sadruddin

Taglines: James Bond's all time action high.


Official Website: MGM [United States] |

Release Date: 10 June 1983

Filming Locations: Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,902,564 (USA) (12 June 1983) (1339 Screens)

Gross: $187,500,000 (Worldwide) (1984)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Footage of Roger Moore and Kristina Wayborn in bed shown in one of the film's trailers is not included in the film itself.

Revealing mistakes: During a close-up of the car-on-railroad stunt, the car has proper flanged railroad wheels rather than shot up and skinned up automobile wheels (albeit dressed up to resemble the original wheels).

[first lines]
James Bond: You didn't tell me there was going to be this much security.
Bianca: They moved the flight up to this afternoon.
James Bond: Well, we're going to have to go ahead as planned anyway.
[Bianca hands an ID badge with the name 'Luis Toro' to Bond]
James Bond: Toro. Sounds like a load of bull.

User Review

Bond had to catch that train...

Rating: 8/10

'Octopussy' begins at an East German circus, where 'a man in a clown suit' is chased through a dark wood by two circus knife-throwing experts… The clown eventually gets a dagger in his back, but survives long enough to drop a fake Fabergé Easter Egg at the feet of the British ambassador…

The clown is actually 009 in disguise, who is investigating a smuggling ring that uses carnivals and circuses for cover… But the plot is much more grave than that…

There is a rebellious Russian general called Orlov, assuming a fortuitous atomic explosion on an American Air Force Base in West Germany…

Orlov's connection is an exiled Afghan prince (Kamal Khan), who is willing to help the Soviet general smuggle his deadly A-bomb into West Germany in exchange for Kremlin most remarkable jewels…

James Bond enters the case, in London, to investigate the death of 009… He attends a sale at Sotheby's where a priceless super green egg (used by Czar Nicholas in 1897) is auctioned… There he first sees Kamal Khan and his lady friend, Magda…

Aware that Khan will get the Imperial Egg to fulfill some unknown but obviously vital purpose, 007 actually bids against the exiled Afghan prince, raising its market value over the top… Although Khan eventually outbids him, Bond is clever enough to switch the real Fabergé egg with a perfect replica…

Convinced that Khan is somehow mixed up in 009's murder, Bond is soon sent to India to find out why 009 was murdered…

Bond remains the sophisticated man with a price on his head… He pays a surprise visit to an island exclusively populated by attractive women… He seems to like 'eggs, preferably Fabergé and dice, preferable loaded.' He maneuvers the world's smallest jet, and swings through the high trees to someone else's tunes… He orders a ferocious beast to sit, and creates a spontaneous mass action by flinging 'hard currency' in the air... In a crucial moment, he appears to have a 'very good memory for faces and figures, survives a series of throwing knives, and gets caught on a train tracks… He follows a plane on horseback for a terrific mid-air fight sequence…

Maud Adams' Octopussy serves little purpose in the story taking a backseat to Kamal Khan's disloyalty… Nevertheless she is a statuesque resourceful woman living with her stupendous sexy acrobats on a floating palace, developing a talent for illegal activities…

Christina Wayborn's Magda actually steals the show from Maud Adams… Magda is by far the prettiest of Kamal's friends exposing a 'little Octopussy' tattoo on her lower back…Her dramatic exit from 007's bedroom certainly must rank up as one of the best memorable escape in any Bond movie…

Louis Jourdan brings poetic elegance to a treacherous character… He is quite sure that Bond is 'indeed, a very rare breed soon to be made extinct.'

Kabir Bedi plays the villain Gobinda, with strong hands that can pulverize so easily a pair of dice…

Steven Berkoff plays Orlov, the wonderful Russian villain who surely is leaving the way clear for a full-scale Russian invasion of Europe…

With John Barry beautiful score; the snake charmer playing the 'James Bond' theme; the disturbed fakir resigning his bed of nails; Bond climbing at a steep angle of an engaging décolletage; John Glen's 'Octopussy' is exotic, lush, very enjoyable and highly entertaining…


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