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This (13th) time around, 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) receives the usual call to come and visit M when another agent drops off a fake Faberge jeweled egg at the British embassy in East Berlin and is later killed at a traveling circus. Suspicions mount when the assistant manager of the circus Kamal (Louis Jourdan), outbids Bond for the real Faberge piece at Sotheby's. Bond follows Kamal to India where the superspy thwarts many an ingenious attack and encounters the antiheroine of the title (Maud Adams), an international smuggler who runs the circus as a cover for her illegal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Glen's willingness to give the action sequences a certain weight and seriousness produces some genuinely exciting moments, yet his work is everywhere undermined by the flatness of the characterizations and the uncertain architecture of the plot."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The action sequences are tighter, the visual gags more inventive, and if the plot is no great shakes, the whole thing is served up with a decent approximation to the old panache."
‑ , Time Out
"More sexual innuendo than usual in provocatively named film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"While the film is the first of the genuinely bloated Bond movies, it only rarely drags."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Nice title, shame about the movie."
‑ , Film4
"Film's high points are the spectaccular aerial stuntwork marking both the pre-credits teaser and extremely dangerous-looking climax."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Makes no pretense of being based on anything except the Ian Fleming character and the high good humor and wit of the film makers."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Octopussy features 2 stand-out action sequences but for the most part, it's an overlong, sluggish, and schizophrenic entry in the Bond series."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Bottom-drawer Bond."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One for the die hards. The saving grace here is a knowing sense of humour so lacking in its predecessor, For Your Eyes Only."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Bond had degenerated into a male model, and something of a genial anachronism."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"There's a fine line between wit and absurdity, and this particular movie too often falls on the wrong side."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"James Bond is old. Wrinkled-forehead old. Lecherous-coot old. Strategic-hairstyle old. Senior meal-discount old. Simply ... old. That's the biggest takeaway from Roger Moore's second-worst outing as 007, hot on the heels of his second-best."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Little is added that departs from the Bond formula."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Roger Moore Bond days are drawing to close, as this weak entry shows."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
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