Unfortunately, Roger Moore ended his Bond career, one film too late. Octopussy would have been an incredible farewell performance, as it is easily regarded as one of his best roles… but instead, he came back one more time. Not that his acting the role was too stale or that his supporting cast (except Christopher Walken) seemed to just be walking through, I just don’t think Moore thought he should be there. Many a time he said he felt he was ‘too long in the tooth’ to be romancing these much younger characters… and it showed.
This film was my first theatrical Bond film. I’d seen the ABC’s Sunday night films, such as ‘From Russia..’, ‘Octopussy’ and even ‘Never Say Never Again’, but this was the first in theatre experience. For a 9-year-old kid, it was awesome. As I got older and more into Bond and his adventures, it was sad to know I was introduced to Moore’s lesser performance.
It does feature one of the best 007 theme song’s in John Barry & Duran Duran’s ‘A View to a Kill’ as one of Barry’s great turns in Bond themes. Definitely bring the popcorn, but a bathroom break is allowed.