Bond’s in a clown suit. And yet it’s not that bad?
This one was a little weird. Roger Moore’s definitely too old for this role, but he’s also in good shape and has some good twinkle in his eyes. We get to spend a lengthy chunk of time in India, but also in East Berlin, and then also we’re kind of in both? In a movie where James Freaking Bond gets put in a clown suit while trying to defuse a NUCLEAR BOMB, the jokes are super lowbrow while the tension is palpable. It’s not ideal, and it’s a bit of a mess, but it’s maybe the last best Bond performance we get from Sir Roger Moore. Join us this week as we watch the uneven but entertaining Octopussy!
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Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme," written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Clips from Octopussy are copyright 1983 United Artists Corporation & Danjaq, LLC.
Excerpt taken from “All Time High (The Theme Song From Octopussy),” written and composed by John Barry, with lyrics by Tim Rice, and performed by Rita Coolidge. Copyright 1983 A&M Records.
Excerpt taken from “A View to a Kill,” written and composed by Duran Duran and John Barry, and performed by Duran Duran. Copyright 1985 Danjaq S.A. under exclusive license to EMI Records, Ltd.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.