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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
James Bond may be a good guy and may have saved the world, but he seduces women, drinks alcohol, doesn't seem to care much about destroying property, and never really learns any lessons. Moreover, he has a license to kill and can leave dead bodies in his wake with no consequences. Women are generally treated as objects, helpless and powerless. This movie has some cultural stereotypes as well.
Positive Role Models
James Bond is a highly trained hero, of course, and tries to save the world from the bad guys, but his methods are highly questionable.
Violence & Scariness
Several minor characters die, including one helpful good guy. Corpses are shown hanging in a meat locker. The movie has guns, shooting, and explosions. A bad guy uses a yo-yo with a skill-saw blade as a weapon. Another bad guy is a circus knife-thrower. There's a sequence involving dangerous stunts on a plane. Men are shown punching tough, warrior women during a fight scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During the opening titles, women are shown in silhouette, and some of them appear to be naked. The movie is filled with humorous innuendo, including jokes, and a shot of 007 zooming a camera lens toward a woman's cleavage. Bond kisses and sleeps with two women and flirts with a few more. (Nothing sensitive is shown.) A woman emerges naked from a pool, but her sensitive parts are obscured. Women are generally treated as objects on display for the male gaze.
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Aside from the title, and a use of "Thank God," language is not an issue.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bond drinks champagne in one scene. Sometimes drinks are prepared but not consumed. In a late scene, a guard is drinking on duty and looks comically at the bottle when he sees circus performers scaling the walls of the palace he's guarding. A German tourist is shown drinking beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Octopussy is the 13th official James Bond film (an unofficial one, Never Say Never Again, was released the same year). Roger Moore appears in his sixth of seven outings as Agent 007. It's one of the sillier outings, with more jokes but also lots of sexual innuendo. It features the usual number of shootings, minor characters dying -- plus one good supporting character -- and explosions. Bond sleeps with two women, but nothing sensitive is shown outside of the usual semi-naked silhouettes during the opening titles. Language is nil, aside from the movie's title and a use of "Thank God," and there's a little less drinking than usual, although we get one joke about a guard who thinks he's drunk too much. This one will be for die-hard Bond fans only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even the worst Bond movies can be entertaining, but this one seriously pushes the envelope. OCTOPUSSY was the 13th official James Bond film and Roger Moore's sixth of seven appearances in the lead role. John Glen directed, and he was already growing lazy. The movie indulges Moore's taste for ridiculous humor, which might have been fine, except that the movie bungles the more serious aspects of the story. The movie runs awfully long, but the timing is all off. Things seem rushed and clipped when they should have been more exploratory and suspenseful.
Louis Jourdan, who had worked with Hitchcock, Ophuls, and Cukor, does his best as the head villain, but he's limited by the screenplay. Maud Adams falls short with not much to do as the provocatively named title character. Meanwhile, Moore barely seems involved in the story at all and even disguises himself as a clown in one scene, thereby sucking all the dignity out of an otherwise suave and exciting series.
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