A giggle-getter for Moore on par with Pussy Galore.
Bond investigates a ring of smugglers and circus performers who have been profiting off fake Russian artifacts, but are really being used by a crazy rogue Russian general who is seeking to nuke West Germany. They make two “00″ agents dress up like circus clowns.
So you might have started to notice a trend at this point. Roger Moore catching heat for being a bad James Bond. I will firmly state, that Roger Moore is not my favorite Bond. I kinda look at Roger Moore’s reign as 007 as Adam West’s to Batman. There were good things about the campiness and cheesiness of Roger Moore’s work as James Bond, and I enjoy his work in a few of his roles as Bond, but there are times where they really let Moore play it up and deliver the cheesiest lines. There are times where you get the cold and calculating 007 and then it’s capped with the awkward pun or cheesy line and it takes you out of the danger.
Moore’s Bond was during an era of the Cold War where it was possibly too difficult and tense to really do anything all that cutthroat or have him run and gun Soviets. Moore’s 007 always danced around the lines of the Cold War.
Why 19 and not 20?
That opening scene with the acrobatic jet is pretty freaking cool until Moore’s Bond pulls up to the petrol station and asks for a fill-up. I also really have a love-hate thing with “00″ agents dressed as clowns. How scary is a circus clown with a license to kill?
This movie also had to dance toe to toe with Never Say Never Again… and I feel like at the time that couldn’t have been an easy undertaking. Having Connery return to the role of James Bond as Roger Moore swore he also wanted to stop playing Bond must have made for a pretty awkward dance – particularly how the two actors interpretations as to what 007 needed to be in the era in which they played them. Even as a psuedo-remake, I’d probably rather watch Never Say Never Again than Octopussy simply because I prefer that more cynical and brooding Bond.