16th February 2001
When a British agent, dressed as a clown, crashes through the window at a British embassy party in German holding a Faberge egg, the British become suspicious and send James Bond to investigate an apparent smuggling operation. However, the Faberge egg turns out to be a fake and when the real egg comes up for auction in London Bond becomes suspicious and decides to investigate further.
Bond attends the auction and manages to swap the genuine egg for the fake which is then bought by a rich exiled Indian Prince, Kamal Khan. Bond then travels to India where he tempts Khan with the genuine egg. When Bond is invited to his palace he discovers that a Russian general, Orlov, is involved in the smuggling ring and that his operation has a more sinister motive.
Orlov plans to detonate a nuclear device in German American Air Force base and thus cause a public backlash against the American nuclear weapons in Europe. With the nuclear weapons withdrawn, Orlov plans to invade Europe with superior forces and without the threat of nuclear reprisal.
The picture is bright and colourful with a high bit-rate throughout the film with no signs of artifacting or outlining. The bright and sunny outdoor scenes in India are wonderfully defined and along with the vast arrays of colours in the street scenes make it a cracking film to watch.
However, the most disappointing part of the film is the sound. After a number of cracking Dolby Digital soundtracks it is very disheartening to see another Bond film with just a stereo soundtrack, and very uninspiring it is to. Surely MGM could have attempted to re-master the soundtrack.
As usual the menu system is nicely animated and scored, although as the Bond series continues the menu systems are being more and more unimaginative and I get the impression that the menu systems are designed in a hurry.
Again, although the documentary is of the usual high standard, I got the impression that the extras were hastily put together. However, on the plus side, John Glens Audio Commentary is still interesting and informative, especially during the scenes in India. There's even an extremely grainy and awful music video for the Bond theme song, best to avoid that one.
Although the film is not one of the best Bond films it still reasonability enjoyable with plenty of half dressed women and an extended appearance of Q. However, it does have one of the best opening sequences with Bond flying a miniature jet aircraft hotly perused by a ground to air missile - now that would have been so good to hear in Dolby Digital.
- Audio Commentary Featuring John Glen
- "Inside Octopussy" An Original Documentary
- "Designing Bond - Peter Lamont" Documentary
- Animated Storyboard Sequences
- Collectable "Making of" Booklet
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- "All Time High" Music Video