This is one of the Bond's where the theme song doesn't try to incorporate the film's title, although it is pretty bad. Octopussy herself starts out as a villain but has a thing for Bond because he let her father kill himself. There seemed to be nothing that Bond could do that the screenwriters wouldn't see as a reason for women to fall in love with him. Despite her apparent strength, she suffers badly from love interest incompetence. She seems to be doing quite well until Bond is nearby, at which point she becomes helpless and needs saving. I thought I'd seen her somewhere before and I had, Maud Adams was also in The Man With The Golden Gun as the girlfriend Christopher Lee murders. Fun fact: Octopussy was originally supposed to be Indian but the British film industry couldn't actually pull up more than two Indian actresses at the time.
The finale sees the Octopus Cult (non-religious) storm the baddies palace using a mixture of belly dancing, circus skills and the best in early 80s ladies kickboxing. It's not as much fun as it sounds though. By this point, the creative team were aware of the film's destiny; to be watched by bored families on Saturday afternoons when there was nothing else on. There's a strong feeling of pre-nostalgia that's oddly heightened by having Bond bring Q into the field for no better reason than to give the people more Desmond Llewelyn face time. Despite being in direct competition with the unofficial Bond, Never Say Never Again, it still managed to make a bunch of money but not as much For Your Eyes Only. It was clear that it wasn't just the creative returns that were diminishing.
|Nobody loves an axe wielding clown.|