Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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More sexual innuendo than usual in provocatively named film.
  • PG
  • 1983
  • 131 minutes

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.



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.



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.


Aside from the title, and a use of "Thank God," language is not an issue.


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.


What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byChameleon April 18, 2017


Bond must prevent a Russian general from setting off an atomic bomb.
9+ for moderate violence and non-graphic sex scenes.
Why on Earth does everyone hate this m... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGusAllen9 February 8, 2021

What's the story?

After another agent discovers a fake Fabergé egg, Agent 007, James Bond (Roger Moore), is sent to an auction in London to find out more. He traces the egg to an exiled Afghan prince, Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan). Khan is involved in an international crime ring, stealing priceless Russian treasures and smuggling them through a circus run by the beautiful Octopussy (Maud Adams). Khan also is working with a Russian general (Steven Berkoff), who plans to set off a nuclear warhead to trick the United States into lowering its defenses. It's up to Bond to expose the bad guys and save the day, all the while evading deadly circus performers, such as the twin knife-throwers, who are hot on his trail.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How many characters die? What kind of impact do these deaths have? What does it mean for Bond to have a "license to kill"?

  • Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why, or why not?

  • How are women portrayed in the movie? Are they realistic? Strong?

  • How much alcohol does Bond drink in this movie? Does he make drinking look cool? In real life, would it get in the way of his doing spy work?

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