Roger Moore’s sixth outing as James Bond 007 sees him co-star with Maud Adams for a second time in the Bond series; Adams was also in 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun. This time she has the leading role as she portrays the title character Octopussy.
When a “00” agent is found dead holding a Fabergé egg, 007 is sent to investigate and soon encounters a collector named Kemal Khan who is hell bent on making a lot of money at the expense of a mysterious woman named “Octopussy”. Unfortunately this isn’t 007’s only problem as a psychopathic Soviet general is on a quest to initiate World War 3 despite strict instructions from his government dismissing his wild plans.
Octopussy is probably Roger Moore’s worst outing as 007 and quite frankly he was starting to show his age in this one. However Roger Moore wasn’t to blame for Octopussy’s failure, the plot lacked depth and the villains lacked the edge that we’ve come to expect of a Bond villain. Octopussy and her “lovelies” made for good viewing pleasure and Roger Moore had the odd humorous line, alas that was not enough and James Bond in a clown costume was the icing on a very tasteless cake.