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?