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Octopussy (1983) - Roger Moore

EON Productions movies
1.  Dr No 1962
2.  From Russia With Love
1963
3.  Goldfinger 1964
4.  Thunderball 1965
5.  You Only Live Twice 1967

6.  On Her Majesty`s Secret Service 1969
7.  Diamonds Are Forever 1971
8.  Live And Let Die 1973
9. 
The Man With The Golden Gun 1974
10.The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
11.Moonraker 1979
12.For Your Eyes Only 1981
13.Octopussy 1983  
14.A View To A Kill 1985  
15.The Living Daylights
1987
16.Licence To Kill 1989
17.
Goldeneye 1995
18.Tomorrow Never Dies1997
19.The World Is Not Enough 1999
20.Die Another Day 2002
21.Casino Royale 2006
22.Quantum Of Solace 2008
23.
Skyfall 2012
24.
James Bond  24
25. James Bond  25

Not included in 
Bondserie or
EON Productions

Casino Royale 1954
Casino Royale 1967
Never Say Never Again 1983

Producer
Albert "Cubby"Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
Barbara Broccoli
Michael G,Wilson

Writers to all Bond books
Ian Fleming  
Amis Kingsley
Raymond Benson 
John Gardner
Charlie Higson
Sebastian Faulks
Jeffery Deaver
Neal Purvis screenwriter
Robert Wade
screenwriter
Bondbooks

James Bond actors
Barry Nelson
Sean Connery

George Lazenby
Roger Moore
Timothy Dalton
Pierce Brosnan
Daniel Craig

James Bond Composers
Monty Norman 1
John Barry 11
George Martin 1
Marvin Hamlisch 1
Bill Conti 1
Michael Kamen 1
Eric Serra 1
David Arnold 
5
James Bond Music
22 Best Bondsoundtrack

Allias MI6
Moneypenny Maxwell/Bliss/Bond
Q  Llewelyn/Cleese
M Lee/Brown/Dench
CIA Felix Leiter
Q = Desmond Llewelyn has 
appeared in 17 Bond films 

Bondgirls
Honey Ryder Ursula Andress
Britt Ekland
Izabella Scorupco
Maud Adams 
Kristina Wayborn
Mary Stavin 
Halle Berry JINX
Vesper Lynd  Eva Green
Bond Villians
Jaws (Rickard Kiel)
Venz (Dolph Lundgren)

Maud Adams Octopussy
Maud Adams  

Filming Locations
Pinewood Studios, London, England
Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (Train scenes)
Norholt Air Force Base, England, UK
Oakley, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (Hanger, used to fly through)
RAF Northolt, London, England, UK
RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Circus parade scene)
Kurfürstendamm, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Black Park Country Park,
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

  • First time a horse turns into a plane
  • First time another Double-O agent is shown in the field (009)
  • First time a Double-O agent is killed on screen
  • First time Moneypenny is not alone in her office
  • First appearance of Robert Brown as M
  • First time Bond dresses like a clown
  • First use of a hot air balloon as a form of transportation
  • First time Bond uses women as his cavalry
  • First battle on top of an airplane
  • First time Q activly joins Bond in the field.
  • First theme song that doesn't include the movies title in the lyrics.
  • First time Bond drives a German car
  • First time Bond plays Backgammon
  • First time 007 is a passenger in a VW Beetle
  • First time 007 goes to East Berlin
  • First appearance of the Acrostar jet (a.k.a. The Silver Bullet)
  • First time a circus serves as a cover for illegal activity (smuggling)
  • First villain related to a monarch (Kamal Khan is an exiled Afghan prince)
  • First female title character
Mission
A power hungry Soviet general plots to oust the American military forces from Europe by detonating a nuclear weapon in West Germany and laying the blame on the United States. To stop him, Bond forms an unlikely alliance with an international jewel smuggler - the mysterious and beautiful Octopussy.

Bond returns for a sleeker, more entertaining film with Roger Moore at the helm for a sixth time. Threats of his resignation from the role had proved groundless as Moore signed on the dotted line. The usual production crew was back for another crack at Bond suggesting at some continuity. This would only partly be the case - the resultant cash was not far diminished from the previous film, the resultant film, however, would return to the mould of The Spy Who Loved Me and even Goldfinger. Decadence allied with competence - but was this James Bond's real all time high?

SNABBFAKTA
ÅR: 1983
SVENSK TITEL: Octopussy 1983  
TYSK TITEL: Octopussy 1983  
SPANSK TITEL: Octopussy
VÄRLDS PREMIÄR: 13 Juni 1983
SVENSK PREMIÄR: 22 Juli 1983
LÄNGD: 130 min
PRODUCENTER: Albert "Cubby"Broccoli
REGI: John Glen
MANUS: George MacDonald Fraser
  Richard Maibaum
  Michael G,Wilson
FOTO: Alan Hume
SCENOGRAFI: Peter Lamont
KLIPPNING: John Grover
MUSIK: John Barry
TITELMELODI: "All Time High"
  framförd av Rita Coolidge
INSPELAD: Indien
  Tyskland
  USA
  England
  Pinewood Studios
FILMBOLAG: MGM/Unatid Artists
SKÅDESPELARE:
SKÅDESPELARE:
Roger Moore James Bond, 007
Maud Adams Octopussy
Louis Jourdan Kamal Khan
Kabir Bedi Gobinda
Kristina Wayborn Magda
Steven Berkoff General Orlov
Vijay Amritraj Vijay
Walter Gotell General Gogol
Robert Brown M
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Michael G,Wilson Member of Soviet Security
 

From a thrilling jet chase to a climactic countdown to nuclear disaster, James Bond is back in an electrifying adventure that pushes the limit for non-stop excitement. Roger Moore portrays the immortal action hero, perfectly capturing Agent 007's deadly expertise, acerbic wit, and overpowering sex appeal.

Bond must investigate the murder of a fellow agent who was clutching a priceless Faberge egg at the time of his death. The trail leads to the mysterious Octopussy (Maud Adams), whose travelling circus features a company of luscious, athletic women. Bond and Octopussy share a passionate attraction, but soon 007 discovers that the elegant Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) is working with a mad Russian officer to hurl mankind into World War III! As Bond tries to stop the nightmarish scheme, his exploits will include a riveting chase through the streets of India, a deadly brawl on top of a speeding train, and a breathtaking mid-air knife fight on an airplane wing.

With high-tech gadgets including Bond's portable AcroStar jet and a wristwatch homing device, it's a high-energy adventure with amazing stunts, atmospheric locales, and nailbiting tension.

Magda Christina Wayborn
Magda Khristina Wayborn

Champagne Bollinger R.D.


Octopussy Magda (Kristina Wayborn) Kamal Khan
Octopussy Magda (Kristina Wayborn) Kamal Khan

Maud Adams Octopussy 
  Maud Adams    Octopussy                                              Magda in bed with James Bond 

 

Bloopers

  • In the pre-title sequence, as the Acrostar flies through the warehouse, you can see if you look carefully enough the pole upon which the mock jet is impaled on.
  • When Vijay is "fishing" (while James is with Octopussy), his shirt is 2 buttons shy of being buttoned to the top. When the intruders sneak attack him from front and behind, they rip his shirt 4 buttons down and nearly to the navel. Then when Gobinda walks down the steps and looks at Vijay, his shirt is back to being buttoned 2 buttons from the top. Then, when we look at Vijay from the vantage point of the goon with the buzzsaw, we see Vijay's shirt is unbuttoned 3 or 4 notches again.
  • During the film's climax, the stuntman doubling for 007's parachute can clearly be seen when the wind blows open his jacket. Later, when Gobinda falls off the plane, you can clearly see the orange straps of his parachute underneath his jacket as he spins away.
  • The pre-title sequence with the Acrostar plane was originally intended to be a Little Nelly type battle sequence in Moonraker and was to take place above the Angel Falls in Brazil. It had to be scrapped when the falls' river bed dried up
  • Octopussy's island was located in Udaipur, India. It was also known as the "City of Sunrise".
  • Magda was an animal trainer, a jockey, and even a race car driver, before she became an actress.
  • When Octopussy talks about Bond's background with her father Major Dexter Smythe, that story is actually the whole plot of the Ian Fleming short story, "Octopussy".
  • The Faberge egg auction sequence was in the Ian Fleming short story, "Property of a Lady".
  • The page already says that the Faberge egg auction sequence at Sotheby's was taken from the short story "Property of a Lady". This story was actually commissioned by an art expert at Sotheby's and published in Sotheby's annual review, "Art At Auction". Another interesting link to Sotheby's is that the director of Sotheby's for many years, Peter Wilson was actually drafted into MI6 during World War Two and his code number there was 007, and his friend and colleague Ian Fleming partly used him as inspiration for the character. Octopussy is the first Bond film to provide evidence of the link to Sotheby's.
  • Sean Connery actually praised the action sequences in the film
  • Roger Moore uses the Walther P-5 throughout much of the film. The P-5 is similar to the Walther P-38 used by the German Army in WWII. The main differences are the MUCH shorter barrel and a different safety mechanism. Compared to the PPK it is slightly heavier and fires the 9mm Parabellum round.
  • Despite he's famous for being General Orlov in Octopussy, Steven Berkoff played a similar role as a Soviet officer in Rambo: First Blood Part II.
  • The name of Moneypenny's assistant, Penelope Smallbone, came from the real name of one of the dancers in the TSWLM title sequence.

General Info - Octopussy (1983) Octopussy Logo

Bond returns for a sleeker, more entertaining film with Roger Moore at the helm for a sixth time. Threats of his resignation from the role had proved groundless as Moore signed on the dotted line. The usual production crew was back for another crack at Bond suggesting at some continuity. This would only partly be the case - the resultant cash was not far diminished from the previous film, the resultant film, however, would return to the mould of The Spy Who Loved Me and even Goldfinger. Decadence allied with competence - but was this James Bond's real all time high?

The Plot

Consider the situation in the early 1980's -The Cold War is fizzling away leaving many to wonder what to do. Not so General Orlov, who wants to attack NATO in their apparently weak state due to easing tensions. Rejections from Moscow force Orlov to ally with Kamal Khan in a win-win partnership - on one side, through Khan's unsuspecting associate Octopussy (and her circus), a nuclear bomb can be brought into West Germany for Orlov whilst at the same time, Orlov can get jewels from the Russian archive to aide Khan's smuggling operation, also into Europe. The bomb is to be set off at the circus inside a US military base, the blame subsequently being pinned on the US as an accident, with US forces having to withdraw from Europe leaving the door open to Orlov's megalomaniac plans. Bond, who allies with Octopussy, discovers this plan and de-activates the bomb, just, at the performance and then jets off to India to rescue her from Khan which, of course, is done successfully but with the help of Octopussy's gymnasts.

Budget: $25m - Gross: $184m

James Bond - Octopussy (1983)

After deploying a more profound interpretation of Bond in For Your Eyes Only, Roger Moore relaxes a little here and seems to enjoy the ride much better. With Maud Adams as they leading lady, there was no doubt that the Bond-Octopussy relationship would hit it off. There is a touch more class and panache to the performance this time too. It gels much as The Spy Who Loved Me did, despite Moore having a bug in India, and goes down as one of his most accomplished perfomances as 007.

Bond, the character, does some of the greatest continent hopping of the whole series. He starts in South America, lands home in London, then goes to India, heads for Germany, then back to India! As usual, he has up-to-date equipment such as the LCD watch and the Acrostar Jet (well, almost up-to-date - it was planned to be used in Moonraker, actually). He also like dressing up in this film, be it as a Banana Republic General or a clown. As a clown, the scene where Bond has to defuse the nuclear bomb, there is restraint where there could have been overt humour - and the fuilm is much the better thanks to the control of the producers.

Like For Your Eyes Only, Bond is truly shocked when an ally, in this case Vijay, is lost on the mission. In this move away from action-man Bond and into a more human type, the Roger Moore Bond really comes into its element.

Conclusion: A suitable follow-on performance from the previous film, the balance is about right. This Bond is somewhere between Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only, equating humour with humanity for a polished Bond. Perhaps it was the threat of the rival film Never Say Never Again which focussed the producer's minds to make Bond as good as he gets? Whatever, no-one can argue with this wonderful outing

Allies/MI6 - Octopussy (1983)

Allies

Vijay: Vijay makes his presence known to Bond, rather cleverly, by playing the "James Bond Theme" on his flute, which he using as part of his snake-charming cover. He works as a tennis pro, fittingly enough, at Kamal's club in town. He helps Bond to escape from this club later, after Bond humiliates Kamal Khan, by driving the Taxi. He is not spared thougfh, and is killed later in a vicious attack by one of Gobinda's henchmen, using the yo-yo buzz saw. Bond is deeply shocked by his death at the lakeside and uses this as a thrust for his revenge later.

Bianca: Seen helping Bond in the pre-credits sequence, Bianca sets Bond up as General Toro, then waits for him to make a getaway. Instead, Bond gets caught and instead of escaping, is driven out of the base under armed guard. Bianca follows with the horsebox Bond brought in and attracts the attention of the guards long enough for Bond to escape.

General Gogol: Instead of fighting for seemingly Soviet causes, Gogol pushes for a more positive agenda to address Russia's internal problems, which is against Orlov's megalomanial scheme to conquer Northern Europe. Gogol does not let it lie there. He keeps his eye on Orlov until the point where he can prove that he is the thief of jewellery from the Kremlin Art Repository - then the East German troops shoot Orlov, as he tries to catch the train going into West Germany.

MI6

'M': The character of 'M' returns here in the form of Robert Brown (who had played Admiral Hargreaves in The Spy Who Loved Me). Following on from his predecessor, this 'M' gives Bond a customary berating, this time for swapping the Fabergé eggs at Sotherby's. Despite this initial reception, 'M' does give a wry smile when Bond leaves, realising what he has done is for the best. Later 'M' joins Bond in East Berlin to discuss future plans.

Miss Moneypenny: The shortest of all her roles, Moneypenny is overshadowed by her new, but not long-lived, assistant, Miss Penelope Smallbone. Instead of the usual pleasantries, Moneypenny seems to get the brunt of Bond's teasing as he is more interested in the new office beauty - much to Moneypenny's chagrin.

Miss Penelope SmallboneMiss Penelope Smallbone: Moneypenny's new assistant gets all of Bond's attention as he embarks on a new mission. Smallbone gets her own desk and computer, but fails to appear again (I wonder if Bond was happy?). It is fairly obvious that she was meant as a Moneypenny replacement, but the producers must have thought better of it.

'Q': In his under-resourced Indian workshop, 'Q' prepares more new equipment for Bond, including a homer for Bond's Fabergé egg and a Liquid Crystal Display watch TV - which Bond uses to take close-ups of a secretary's bust, much to 'Q''s annoyance. Bond later gets a ride in 'Q''s Hot-Air Balloon to the Monsoon Palace. Bond fights his way to Octopussy while 'Q' lands the thing, thronged by a bevvy of Octopussy's beauties. They flirt with him but he is having none of it. He does suggest that his mind will return to them though, later.

Minister Of Defence, Frederick Gray: Fleeting this time, Gray is seen at the end of the film retuning to Gogol a treasure which Bond used to persuade Octopussy that Kamal's plans were not as he had suggested.

Jim Fanning: An art expert MI6 employs, Fanning is accompanied by Bond to Sotherby's where a real Fabergé egg is for sale, not one like that handed in, brutally, by 009 in West Germany. Bond nearly gives Fanning a coronary by outbidding Kamal for the egg, proceeding to swap the real egg for the fake in order to "smoke him out".

Agent 009: Seen just after the titles, 009 tries to escape the Octopussy circus with one of the fake Fabergé eggs. He is pursued eagerly by the knife-wielding Mischka and Grischka through a forest, in a very haunting scene. They catch up with him because he is hindered by his clown's outfit and the balloons on his back which keep popping. When they catch him up, they throw a knife at him, rendering him dead - or so they think. He has just enough time to get out of the river and crawl to the British Embassy and dispense of the egg.

Conclusion: Bond is helped in India by the fearless Vijay and in Europe by Gogol, an unlikely ally. The former is an interesting, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek ally, twhile the other is deadly serious in stopping Orlov. Poles apart yet both very good. Fanning is probably the only ally Bond has brough to near death on purpose, which makes for a rather amusing scene, while Smallbone acts to make Bond feel younger. The rest is as usual, except that 'M' is a mite softer now. This does not last for long though - The character would become tougher under Timothy Dalton's Bond.

Villains - Octopussy (1983)

Kamal Khan: A corrupt Afghan Prince who colludes with General Orlov to further both their ends, Kamal is an intelligent and sophisticated villain the likes of which has not been for a while in the series. He uses Octopussy's travelling circus as a means of smuggling jewellery from country to country, admittedly with her knowledge, but double crosses her by changing the jewels for a nuclear bomb when the circus visits a US Air Base in West Germany. The role of Khan is played brilliantly by Louis Jordan. His best scenes are when Bond betters him in both the auction room (by out-bidding him to an outrageous sum for the Fabergé Egg) and in the club (by cottoning-on to Kamal's technique for winning and turning the tables on the cheat). His demise is spectacular as he is sent to his death when his plane is forced to crash by Bond.

Gobinda: Kamal's main henchman is played well here by Kabir Bedi who has a lot of on-screen presence. He does everything his master commands, including fighting Bond on top of both a train and a plane, but also has a mind of his own and often takes the initiative himself to attack Bond. In another good chase, through an Indian marketplace, he has to chase Bond with a Tuk-Tuk taxi but Bond gets the upper hand as he has a 'company' Tuk-Tuk which has been given some not-so-standard Universal Export modifications.

General Orlov: Détente and Orlov are like chalk and cheese. He seizes the opportunity to cause trouble, with the assistance of Kamal Khan, buy offering the Afghan jewellery in trade for getting the nuclear bomb into West Germany. This character is only memorable due to his importance in the plot, not by the performance given by Steven Berkoff. Our first encounter with Orlov is when he addresses the Russian 'Committee' with his megalomaniac plans against NATO. He loses out to General Gogol in the battle of words as Gogol displays much more composure and honesty.

Mischka and Grischka: Identical twins, identical target - Bond. They are a knife-throwing act in Octopussy's circus but use their skill to more devastating effect when they kill 009 in East Berlin whilst trying to retreive the fake Fabergé Egg. 007 on the other hand is not overcome by these murderers as he kills both in separate confrontations; one aboard the train, the other after they have jumped off it.

Conclusion: No real crackpots or crazed perverts here, just a criminal element trying to get on with its business. There's nothing wrong (or is that right?) with that, but it's all done with a touch of stoidness. Kamal is a corrupt businessman, who is really a bit-part to Orlov's megalomania. Admittedly, Orlov is not the most clear-headed of folks, and that makes him much better for the film, but we have met more worthy candidates for the loony title. On the other hand, Mischka, Grischka and Gobinda are much better - simple yet effective.

Women - Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy: An exotic lady to say the least. Octopussy owns a travelling circus with India as its base. Her palace there is guarded by an all-female band of gymnasts which belong to her revived Octopus cult. The circus is used as a cover, with her partner Kamal Khan, for jewellery smuggling. Upon meeting Bond Octopussy she reveals that she is the daughter of the disgraced British agent Dexter Smythe. Years before Bond had been sent to look for Smythe in the Far East and had given him the option of suicide rather than a court martial back home. As the film progresses Octopussy and Bond become lovers. When she is kidnapped by Kamal, after Bond prevents the nuclear bomb from exploding, 007 chases them to get her back.

There is a lot of chemistry between Roger Moore and Maud Adams and thus is a well remembered leading lady. Adams is the only woman to have played two major Bond film roles, having appeared as Andrea Anders in The Man With The Golden Gun. Octopussy (the film) allowed her to present her considerable skills as an actress, much more than her other role.

Magda: A beautiful sidekick for Octopussy's operations (and assistant to Kamal Khan), Magda is sent to get back the real Fabergé Egg from Bond, in what ever way possible, whilst he is at the hotel. She inadvertantly helps Bond by explaining her Octopus tattoo which identifies her as one of the cult's members. Kristina Wayborn makes a splendid job of Magda's character, with the script even letting her show off her athletic skills in the battle at the Monsoon Palace.

Conclusion: Not quite the numbers Bond usually comes across on a mission, but his eventual relationship with Octopussy makes up for that. Magda is a much different proposition - acting as Kamal's mole, she has to take it by order, not that that seems to bother her! Both are beautiful, charismatic to some degree and have a great on-screen presence with Moore's Bond. Very accomplished.

Gadgets & Weapons - Octopussy (1983)

Demolition Briefcase: Seen in the pre-credits sequence, this briefcase houses a bomb beneath its false bottom. It is used unsuccessfully by Bond when he infiltrates the banana republic air base.

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen: This innocent piece of stationery actually has a dual purpose. It's barrel contains some acid which will dissolve through metal - highly useful when Bond tries to escape from the Monsoon Palace. Also, the lid contains an earpiece which Bond uses to listen in on the bug placed inside the Fabergé Egg.

Seiko Watches: The first watch seen in the film contains a radio directional finder which he uses to track down the Fabergé Egg after it is stolen by Magda. The second is, in fact, a LCD television. Bond uses this when he is chasing Kamal and Gobinda who had kidnapped Octopussy. Q's hot air balloon has a video camera mounted on it which beamed the proceedings to Bond.

Yo-Yo Buzz Saw: This is a circular saw which, as its name suggests, runs up and down a wire like a yo-yo. It is a horrific weapon used by one of the men employed by Gobinda to assassinate Bond. Just before this terrific fight sequence Vijay is killed using it but, luckily, we don't get to see its results on-screen. Nevertheless a children's toy replica was made!

Conclusion: A much better Seiko watch here to For Your Eyes Only. Indeeds, better watches - we witness two in operation. The fountain pen is a useful tool and although its a shame that we don't see the demolition case being used, the explosion thereafter is more than enough! Just as fatal is the buzz saw, which, mercifully, is not shown in action too much in the film.

Vehicles - Octopussy (1983)

Acrostar Mini-Jet: An amazing one-seater jet which was built and flown by its designer, 'Corkey' Fornof. With its wings folded up it was hidden behind a false horse's backside inside a horse trailer, being pulled by a Range Rover. It is used to escape from his pursuers once Bond has tricked his way from being guarded as he is escorted from the air base. The response to this is to send up a heat-seeking missile to destroy Bond. This is reversed when Bond flies through an aeroplane hangar. The Mini-Jet makes it, but the missile does not and it blows the whole thing sky high leaving Bond to finally escape. That whole sequence is brilliant as it involved very detailed mock-ups and replicas which are indistinguishable to the real thing onscreen. The only glitch is that if you look closely when the jet flies through the hangar you can just see the prop which holds the plane at an angle, obviously being towed through the hangar. Never mind, I didn't know about it until I really looked.

Tuk-Tuk Company Taxi: Once again Q's workshop at Universal Exports has been working overtime to change this seemingly ordinary Tuk-Tuk three-wheeled taxi into a supercharged vehicle! Vijay drives this machine and Bond clings on in the rear whilst they are being chased by Gobinda and Co. in their ordinary taxi. It is made to ride on two wheels and even flies through the air over a camel in a very funny chase.

Q's Hot Air Balloon: An idiotic yet amusing mode of transport for a sophisticated secret agent, this balloon is used by Bond and Q to get to the Monsson Palace whilst the battle between Octopussy's troupe and Kamal Khan's men ensues below. It is decorated in the Union flag and contains CCTV and a video camera which aides Bond in his search for the kidnapped Octopussy.

Crocodile Submarine: Bond uses this one-man submarine to get onto Octopussy's floating palace without being noticed. It is also used to flee from the palace when Bond and a thug together fall into the lake from the balcony of the palace. Access was made through the mouth!

Conclusion: No Bond car this time, as such. Instead we are given the Acrostar Jet - a plane which Bond brings into the base without anyone noticing, then leaves with about everybody noticing! The Tuk-Tuk taxi is equally impressive in the stunts department, even if the tennis crack is a bit misguided. Q's Hot air balloon obviously has something to do with the ski-parachute jump from The Spy Who Loved Me - the Union Jack - but does not live up to its predecessor.

 

Octopussy Logo1983) – James Bond may have met his match in Octopussy, an entrancing beauty involved in a devastating military plot to destroy détente. From the palaces of India to a speeding circus train in Germany and a mid-air battle on the wing of a high-flying aircraft, only Agent 007 can stop the nightmarish scheme!

Acrostar Mini-Jet:Acrostar Mini-Jet: An amazing one-seater jet which was built and flown by its designer, 'Corkey' Fornof. With its wings folded up it was hidden behind a false horse's backside inside a horse trailer, being pulled by a Range Rover. It is used to escape from his pursuers once Bond has tricked his way from being guarded as he is escorted from the air base. The response to this is to send up a heat-seeking missile to destroy Bond. This is reversed when Bond flies through an aeroplane hangar. The Mini-Jet makes it, but the missile does not and it blows the whole thing sky high leaving Bond to finally escape. That whole sequence is brilliant as it involved very detailed mock-ups and replicas which are indistinguishable to the real thing onscreen. The only glitch is that if you look closely when the jet flies through the hangar you can just see the prop which holds the plane at an angle, obviously being towed through the hangar. Never mind, I didn't know about it until I really looked.

Tuk-Tuk Company TaxiTuk-Tuk Company Taxi: Once again Q's workshop at Universal Exports has been working overtime to change this seemingly ordinary Tuk-Tuk three-wheeled taxi into a supercharged vehicle! Vijay drives this machine and Bond clings on in the rear whilst they are being chased by Gobinda and Co. in their ordinary taxi. It is made to ride on two wheels and even flies through the air over a camel in a very funny chase.

Q's Hot Air BalloonQ's Hot Air Balloon: An idiotic yet amusing mode of transport for a sophisticated secret agent, this balloon is used by Bond and Q to get to the Monsson Palace whilst the battle between Octopussy's troupe and Kamal Khan's men ensues below. It is decorated in the Union flag and contains CCTV and a video camera which aides Bond in his search for the kidnapped Octopussy.

Crocodile SubmarineCrocodile Submarine: Bond uses this one-man submarine to get onto Octopussy's floating palace without being noticed. It is also used to flee from the palace when Bond and a thug together fall into the lake from the balcony of the palace. Access was made through the mouth!

Conclusion: No Bond car this time, as such. Instead we are given the Acrostar Jet - a plane which Bond brings into the base without anyone noticing, then leaves with about everybody noticing! The Tuk-Tuk taxi is equally impressive in the stunts department, even if the tennis crack is a bit misguided. Q's Hot air balloon obviously has something to do with the ski-parachute jump from The Spy Who Loved Me - the Union Jack - but does not live up to its predecessor.


General Orlov Played by: Steven Berkoff
Orlov is a pompous Russian General dissatisfied with NATO's disarmament talks. He teams up with Kamal Khan to set up a nuclear bomb in an US air base in Germany. Orlov ends up dead when he is shot in the back while trying to flee to the West.

Maud Adams Octopussy 
Octopussy Played by:  Maud Adams 
Description: Octopussy is an international jewel smuggler as well as the owner of Octopussy's Traveling Circus. She is trying to steal a host of Soviet jewels and artifacts, but is betrayed by her partner, Kamal Khan. She is also Bond's primary love interest in the film.


Kamal Kahn: Played by: Louis Jourdan 
Another sly smuggler with a connection to the Soviet Union, Khan double-crosses his partner, Octopussy, to sell stolen Russian jewelry and plant a nuclear device on an American Air Force base.

Mischka and Grischka
Played by David and Anthony Meyer, respectively
The two knife-throwing, identical twins kill 009 in the beginning of the film. Bond becomes their next target. Near the end of the movie, Mischka gets hit by a cannon while Grishka is stabbed by Bond.

Gobinda: Kamal's main henchman is played well here by Kabir Bedi who has a lot of on-screen presence. He does everything his master commands, including fighting Bond on top of both a train and a plane, but also has a mind of his own and often takes the initiative himself to attack Bond. In another good chase, through an Indian marketplace, he has to chase Bond with a Tuk-Tuk taxi but Bond gets the upper hand as he has a 'company' Tuk-Tuk which has been given some not-so-standard Universal Export modifications.
Gobinda action scene on the train with Bond
Gobinda action scene on the train with Bond

A preserved historic railway with origins in the middle of the 19th century, the Nene Valley Railway stretches for around 12 km / 7 miles and links the station of Peterborough Nene Valley with Yarwell Junction..Of interest, the line has featured in a number of famous television programmes and movies, including both the James Bond films 'Octopussy' and 'Golden Eye'.
Magda Played by: Kristina Wayborn. Magda appears to be one of Kamal Khan's henchman after she sleeps with Bond and steals the Faberge Egg. However, it is later revealed that she is in fact a member of Octopussy's Traveling Circus and helps lead the attack on Kamal Khan's palace during the film's finale.
Magda Played by: Kristina Wayborn
Description: At first glance, Magda appears to be one of Kamal Khan's henchman after she sleeps with Bond and steals the Faberge Egg. However, it is later revealed that she is in fact a member of Octopussy's Traveling Circus and helps lead the attack on Kamal Khan's palace during the film's finale.Octopussy 1983 Magda (Kristina Wayborn)  Britt -Inger Johansson Born: SwedenNybro , Nybro James Bond 007 Museum Nybro Sweden www.007museum.com
Albert Broccoli with tiger in India 1983
Albert Broccoli with tiger in India Octopussy1983

M Played by: Robert Brown
Description: Taking over for Bernard Lee who passed away shortly after Moonraker's release, Robert Brown acts as the same character. It is often debated that he is actually Admiral Hargreaves, Brown's character in The Spy Who Loved Me, but it is never finitely stated that he is anyone other than Sir Miles Messervy, who was Bernard Lee's M.
Bianca Played by: Tina Hudson
Bianca Played by: Tina Hudson
Description: Bianca: Seen helping Bond in the pre-credits sequence, Bianca helps Bond during the pre-title sequence by giving him Colonel Toro's ID badge,, then waits for him to make a getaway. Instead, Bond gets caught and instead of escaping, is driven out of the base under armed guard. Bianca follows with the horsebox Bond brought in and attracts the attention of the guards long enough for Bond to escape.

Agent 009 Played by: Andy Bradford
Description: After escaping from Octopussy's circus with the Portrait of a Lady Faberge Egg, 009 is killed by Mischka and Grishka, but not before crashing into the British Ambassador's room and delivering the egg.

James Bond Played by: Roger Moore
Description: Roger Moore returns for his sixth appearance as James Bond, a role which is now completely his. Moore has a certain confidence that, while more realistic, also comes across as slightly bored. In addition, his time in a clown outfit is one of the low points of the series.
 
Octopussy Played by: Maud Adams
Description: Octopussy is an international jewel smuggler as well as the owner of Octopussy's Traveling Circus. She is trying to steal a host of Soviet jewels and artifacts, but is betrayed by her partner, Kamal Khan. She is also Bond's primary love interest in the film.

Octopussy (Maud Adams) is the head of a secret order of female bandits and smugglers. She lives at The Floating Place on Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, a man-made island populated solely by women and only accessible via her private barge. Partnered with exiled Afghan prince Kamal Kahn in a $300 million jewellery smuggling operation she runs a European circus that provides the perfect cover for this operation’s activities. Her father was Major Dexter Smythe a leading authority on octopi who gave his daughter her pet name. Octopussy first meets Bond when he sneaks into her compound to find information about the death of 009. She tries to induce Bond to work for her unaware that her partner Khan wants 007 dead. Having been betrayed by Khan (when he replaces smuggled jewels with an atomic bomb on board her circus train), she seeks revenge on Khan by using her highly trained guards to attack Khan’s Monsoon Palace.


Colonel ToroPlayed by: Ken Norris
Description: Looking like Bond's long lost twin, Colonel Toro stops Bond from destroying his top secret plane during the pre-title sequence. However, he is killed when Bond leads a heat-seeking missile into a hanger with Toro and the plane.
Richard Graydon

 
Vijay, James Bond's contact at Station I, played by tennis star Vijay Amritraj in Octopussy
 Vijay Played by: Vijay Amritraj
Description: Vijay is Bond's main ally in India. A fellow British Secret Service employee, his knowledge of India proves invaluable. He meets his end at the hand of the villainous"Yo Yo Killer."

Yo Yo Killer Played by: William Derrick  Yo-Yo Buzz Saw:
Description: This man kills Vijay with his bladed yo yo on the orders of Gobinda. He later tries to murder Bond in the same manor, but after missing he loses a battle with 007, which costs him his life.
 Octopussy
Octopussy

Location Lake Picchola, Udaipur

Octopussy

Film Octopussy (1983)
Location
Lake Picchola, Udaipur
Scene Disguised as a crocodile, Bond swims up to the 'floating palace', populated only by attractive women, and the lair of Octopussy, whom he suspects to be involved with the smuggling of a Fabergé egg.:

STAY
Guests - both female and male - can actually stay at Octopussy's island hideaway, Taj Lake Palace. The hotel is lavishly decorated with ornate, carved windows and domed turrets.
Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India(00 91 294 242 8800; www.tajhotels.com). Doubles from Rs23,100 (about £300)

 

James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) - Orlov at the Monsoon Palace


James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) - Orlov at the Monsoon Palace

The Monsoon Palace, formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the Udaipur city.
The palace was used in the 1983
James Bond film Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince.
It is named as Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874
 
James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) - Orlov at the Monsoon Palace.  http://www.007museum.com/Octopussy.htm–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built Sajjangarh Fort in 1884. It offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built basically to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. The Monsoon Palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset. High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside Udaipur, the Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a glow of golden orange.
 

The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is named Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built it in 1884. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a view of his ancestral home, Chittaurgarh. Previously owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has recently been opened to the public. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset.

Its builder, Maharana Sajjan Singh, originally planned to make it a five-storey astronomical centre. The plan was cancelled with Maharana Sajjan Singh's premature death. It was then turned into a monsoon palace and hunting lodge.[8]

High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside Udaipur, the Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a golden orange glow

The palace was used in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince.

 

Octopussy - Bede Acrostar 12' Jet Plane  
Octopussy - Bede Acrostar 12' Jet Plane
Vijay, James Bond's contact at Station I, played by tennis star Vijay Amritraj in Octopussy
Octopussy Vijay Amritraj
Vijay, James Bond's contact at Station I, played by tennis star Vijay Amritraj in Octopussy
Vijay Amritraj Played for Indien against Sweden in Davies Cup final 1987.
TUK-TUK was used by the henchman Gobinda in Octopussy Octopussy Vijay Amritraj
Octopussy Vijay Amritraj
Vijay, James Bond's contact at Station I, played by tennis star Vijay Amritraj in Octopussy
1987 SWE d. IND 5-0 in SWE World Group - Final
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The standard Indian Tuk-Tuk taxi, a simple three-wheeled rickshaw of types, is modified by Q-Branch and driven by Vijay. Bond becomes worried when Gobinda advances on them shooting big holes out of the Tuk-Tuks seats during a chase through Indian streets.  
This AUTO-RICKSHAW – TUK-TUK was used by the henchman Gobinda in Octopussy to chase down and try to kill James Bond. It was built on the new frame of a standard Honda three-wheeler. The motor, however, was significantly beefed up by legendary stunt man Remy Julienne. 

India Taxi James Bond Tuk-Tuk This is exact  Finally available for your collection, Indian Taxi Tuk-Tuk celebrates it seen in "Octopussy". with the metal 1/43° delivered with the character of ` Roger Moore' upright out of painted lead.  inside window box. Create by "TV MODELS" has a completely superb diorama. This is exact  Finally available for your collection, Indian Taxi Tuk-Tuk celebrates it seen in "Octopussy". with the metal 1/43° delivered with the character of ` Roger Moore' upright out of painted lead.  inside window box. Create by "TV MODELS" has a completely superb diorama.
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Bondgirl from Octopussy 1983  Maud Adams and Kristina Wayborn  Britt-Inger Johansson, with James Gunnar Schäfer Bond in James Bond 007 Museum Sweden Nybro.

 

Octopussy

Film Octopussy (1983)
Location
Lake Picchola, Udaipur
Scene Disguised as a crocodile, Bond swims up to the 'floating palace', populated only by attractive women, and the lair of Octopussy, whom he suspects to be involved with the smuggling of a Fabergé egg.:

STAY
Guests - both female and male - can actually stay at Octopussy's island hideaway,Taj Lake Palace. The hotel is lavishly decorated with ornate, carved windows and domed turrets.
Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India(00 91 294 242 8800; www.tajhotels.com). Doubles from Rs23,100 (about £300)

 

Octopussy Script

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