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James Bond: From Worst to Best – Octopussy

Octopussy
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This is the one mostly known for its unabashedly inappropriate title and for the fact that Bond dresses up as a clown for an extended sequence. Again, we are still at the bottom (or top, I guess) of this list so this isn’t really a great film. However, it is a very action-packed one with a lot of great stunts. Roger Moore is really beginning to look his age here, but he hasn’t lost his charm. This is immediately apparent in the opening sequence in which Bond escapes from a tricky situation in a small, portable airplane (that pops out of a “Trojan Horse” no less), flies through a hangar, dodges a missile, and pulls into a gas station asking the attendant to “fill her up.” It’s a great sequence and a perfect one to start the film on, as it lets you know what you’re in for – some goofy Roger Moore charm and exciting stunts.  octopussy-1352392876

I know, there are quite a few things that are really just bonkers in this one….like the Tarzan yell Bond does while being chased in the jungle, or the aforementioned clown outfit. But look on the brightside, Maud Adams is a great Bond girl and does a terrific job here, same goes for Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan as the main baddie. As far as the story goes, it’s not too memorable – something about stealing a Fabergé egg and a nuclear attack – but the Moore films were never really about the story. You can pretty much chalk this one up as to being fun but forgettable. The climactic fight on top of the train and the car vs train scene (where Bond drives a car on the tracks) is a ton of fun, and the action is very well staged. The Rita Coolidge song, “All Time High” is a great song as well, even if this probably wasn’t the best film to attach it to…because the series was certainly not there at this point.

Worst to Best so far:
24. Live & Let Die
23. The Man with the Golden Gun
22. A View to a Kill
21. Die Another Day

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