A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New Orleans, to investigate these mysterious deaths. Mr. Big comes to his knowledge, who is self-producing heroin. Along his journeys he meets Tee Hee who has a claw for a hand, Baron Samedi the voodoo master and Solitaire a tarot card reader. Bond must travel to New Orleans, and deep into the Bayou. Written by
This film is only partially based on Ian Fleming's original novel. The characters, locations, sequence of some events, and even clothes in the book are present in the film. Many major plot elements were left out of this film, only be recycled in later films. The novel's climax involved Bond and Solitaire being dragged behind a speeding boat, as bait for sharks and Baracudas. This was later used in For Your Eyes Only (1981). The novel also included a scene where Felix Leiter is wounded by a shark, and Bond goes to fight in a warehouse as a result. This was later used in Licence to Kill (1989). Appropriately, David Hedison, who played Leiter in this film, became the first actor to ever return to the role, essentially playing out his character's original fate from this film. See more »
During the fight scene on the train between Bond and Tee-Hee the train car window breaks. Yet after Tee-Hee's ejected, Bond raises the window and the glass is intact.
However, the window that breaks is a narrower one near the opening to the bathroom. The wider window does not break. Both windows can be seen briefly after Tee-Hee breaks the ladder. See more »
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... was so ably pointed out by the Secretary General in his opening remarks. But - and I must emphasize this point - no formula can or will ever cover each case. For instance...
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The End of Live and Let Die James Bond will return in The Man with the Golden Gun See more »
Several British agents are killed in America and in the Caribbean. Despite the difference in how the murders occur they seem linked together by drugs. Bond begins to investigate and finds links between the American drug dealer Mr Big and the mysterious owner of a Caribbean island Kananga. While investigating Bond falls foul of both despite gaining the affections of Kananga's beautiful mistress Solitaire.
Roger Moore's first Bond is one of his best. The film wisely steps away from those regular bad guys the Russians and gets a new feel by actually having non-white main characters. The plot is pretty good and doesn't have the usual `take over the world' feel to it. There is plenty of silly stuff of course but the stunts are quite good and Bond has a new line in `eyebrow raised' humour.
Moore will never be the best Bond but he did make the role his own adding an element of self-deprecating humour to the role. Yaphet Kotto is a good actor and makes a good bad guy. Jane Seymour isn't convincing as the mystic property of Kananga she really should have been played by a black actress and it shows a lack of bravery on the side of the producers that they went with a white face as the lead Bond girl. Julius Harris is good as Tee Hee and Clifton James adds some comedy value as J.W. Pepper.
Overall this is one of Moore's best Bond movies and certainly stands out from previous films with numerous Russian baddies. Also the theme music is a really fun song from Wings.
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