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Octopussy Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

More sexual innuendo than usual in provocatively named film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Octopussy is the 13th official James Bond film (an unofficial one, Never Say Never Again, was released the same year). Roger Moore appears in his sixth of seven outings as Agent 007. It's one of the sillier outings, with more jokes but also lots of sexual innuendo. It features the usual number of shootings, minor characters dying -- plus one good supporting character -- and explosions. Bond sleeps with two women, but nothing sensitive is shown outside of the usual semi-naked silhouettes during the opening titles. Language is nil, aside from the movie's title and a use of "Thank God," and there's a little less drinking than usual, although we get one joke about a guard who thinks he's drunk too much. This one will be for die-hard Bond fans only.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How many characters die? What kind of impact do these deaths have? What does it mean for Bond to have a "license to kill"?
  • Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why, or why not?
  • How are women portrayed in the movie? Are they realistic? Strong?
  • How much alcohol does Bond drink in this movie? Does he make drinking look cool? In real life, would it get in the way of his doing spy work?

The good stuff
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    Messages: James Bond may be a good guy and may have saved the world, but he seduces women, drinks alcohol, doesn't seem to care much about destroying property, and never really learns any lessons. Moreover, he has a license to kill and can leave dead bodies in his wake with no consequences. Women are generally treated as objects, helpless and powerless. This movie has some cultural stereotypes as well.

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    Role models: James Bond is a highly trained hero, of course, and tries to save the world from the bad guys, but his methods are highly questionable.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several minor characters die, including one helpful good guy. Corpses are shown hanging in a meat locker. The movie has guns, shooting, and explosions. A bad guy uses a yo-yo with a skill-saw blade as a weapon. Another bad guy is a circus knife-thrower. There's a sequence involving dangerous stunts on a plane. Men are shown punching tough, warrior women during a fight scene.

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    Sex: During the opening titles, women are shown in silhouette, and some of them appear to be naked. The movie is filled with humorous innuendo, including jokes, and a shot of 007 zooming a camera lens toward a woman's cleavage. Bond kisses and sleeps with two women and flirts with a few more. (Nothing sensitive is shown.) A woman emerges naked from a pool, but her sensitive parts are obscured. Women are generally treated as objects on display for the male gaze.

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    Language: Aside from the title, and a use of "Thank God," language is not an issue.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bond drinks champagne in one scene. Sometimes drinks are prepared but not consumed. In a late scene, a guard is drinking on duty and looks comically at the bottle when he sees circus performers scaling the walls of the palace he's guarding. A German tourist is shown drinking beer.