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6 JUNE 2013
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF OCTOPUSSY (1983)

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-01-07
On this day 30 years ago, Octopussy (1983) (1983), Roger Moore's sixth and penultimate film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas. Octopussy was first released in the UK. In Sweden the film premiered on July 22, 1983. (June 6th 2013 is also Sweden's National Day and the day to crown Sweden's foremost expert on James Bond in Fantasterna on TV4.)

Action, adventure, spy, thriller, 13th installment in the James Bond series.

When fellow secret serviceman Agent 009 is murdered over a treasured Faberge egg, the British intelligence sends James Bond to investigate.

Bond follows the egg to India after it is put up for auction and bought by the wealthy prince Kamal Khan.

There he meets the enigmatic and beautiful circus leader, Octopussy, and discovers that Khan and the maniacal Russian General Orlov plan to cripple Western Europe with a nuclear explosion and incite a world war.


Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 16 Aug 1982: Shooting began, the first scene shot was in Moneypenny’s office
• 18 Aug 1982: John Glen directed the auction of the Fabergé egg
• 24 Aug 1982: The first shooting day at the circus including 6 horses, 6 clowns and 6 gymnasts
• 16 Sep 1982: John Glen shot Bond’s backgammon game with Kamal Khan
• 23 Sep 1982: John Glen filmed Magda stealing the Fabergé egg from Bond
• 27 Sep 1982: John Glen shot Gobinda’s attempt to kill Bond and Vijay
• 3 Oct 1982: John Glen shot the scene in which Bond is chased by gunmen on elephants
• 9 Oct 1982: John Glen shot Bond chasing after Kamal on horseback to rescue the kidnapped Octopussy
• 15 Oct 1982: John Glen filmed the death of 009 at the British Embassy
• 25 Oct 1982: John Glen filmed Magda’s seduction of Bond
• 1 Nov 1982: John Glen filmed Bond disguising himself as a cadaver to escape Kamal’s fort
• 17 Nov 1982: John Glen shot Bond’s fight with the knife-throwing twins
• 26 Nov 1982: John Glen filmed Octopussy’s group sneaking into Kamal’s fortress
• 1 Dec 1982: John Glen shot Octopussy’s gang fussing over an embarrassed Q in the courtyard
• 6 Dec 1982: John Glen shot Kamal Khan discussing Bond with the as yet unrevealed Octopussy
• 17 Dec 1982: John Glen shot Bond and Octopussy being attacked by thieves in the bedroom
• 22 Dec 1982: John Glen filmed a snake crawling over Bond as he hid from Kamal Khan
• 24 Dec 1982: John Glen shot Gobinda arming the bomb on the train
• 21 Jan 1983: Roger Moore shot his last scenes for OP, his penultimate film as 007

A selection of filming locations for "Octopussy":
• Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany (now demolished)
• Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (twins pursue agent 009 - twins pursue James Bond)
• City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (James Bond's Hotel in India)
• Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
• Gardens, City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (hunting scene)
• Hurricane Arch Bridge - State Route 9 Milepost 11, Hurricane, Utah, USA (finale aerial scenes)
• Kanab, Utah, USA (finale aerial scenes)
• Kurfürstendamm, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany (main shopping strip)
• Lake Palace Hotel, Jagniwas Island, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (Octopussy's island home)
• Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (lake surrounding Octopussy's island home)
• Moab, Utah, USA (aerial scenes)
• Monsoon Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (Kamal Khan's palace)
• National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, England, UK (exterior Kremlin National Fine Art Repository)
• Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (Train scenes)
• New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, England, UK (Bond leaves auction house)
• Oakley, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (Hanger, used to fly through)
• Old War Office Building, Whitehall, Westminster, London, England, UK (MI6 headquarters)
• Orton Mere, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
• Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio)
• RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, UK (Feldstadt Airforce Base, Germany)
• RAF Northolt, Ruislip, London, England, UK (scene at horse track; Feldstadt, West German airbase)
• RAF Oakley, Oakley, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (Opening fly through hangar scene)
• RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Circus parade scene)
• Shiv Niwas Hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (James Bond's Hotel in India)
• Sotheby's, 35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, England, UK (auction)
• Utah, USA (southwest - finale aerial scenes)
• Wansford Level Crossing, Wansford Railway Station, Wansford, Nene Valley Railway, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
• Wansford Railway Station, Wansford, Nene Valley Railway, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
• Wansford, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (train scenes)
• Weir, Orton Mere, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (death of agent 009)
• Whitehall, Westminster, London, England, UK (MI6 headquarters)

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Acrostar Mini Jet (Bede Jet)
• Aerospatiale Alouette 316B (helicopter)
• Alfa Romeo GTV6 (car)
• Beechcraft C-45 (aeroplane)
• BMW 5 series sedan (car)
• BMW motorcycle
• Hot-air balloon
• Indian Tuk-Tuk Taxi
• Mercedes-Benz 240D (car)
• Mercedes-Benz 250 SE (car)
• Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman (car)
• Military truck
• Range Rover convertible (car)
• Rolls Royce Phantom III (car)
• Willys jeep
• VW beetle (car)

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet, and written articles about, some of the people that worked on Octopussy:

>Alan Hume (Director of Photography)
>Albert Moses as Sadruddin
>Albert R. Broccoli (Producer)
>Alison Papworth as Octopussy girl
>Andrew Noakes (Administration)
>Anthony Waye (Assistant director)
>Arthur Wooster (Second unit director)
>Barbara Broccoli (Assistant director)
>Bill Weston (Stunt Double for Louis Jourdan)
>Carole Ashby as Octopussy girl
>Cherry Gillespie as Midge
>Cheryl Anne as Octopussy girl
>Colin Miller (Sound editor)
>David Meyer as Miska
>Dermot Crowley as Major Kamp
>Desmond Llewelyn as Q
>Eva Rueber-Staier as Rublevitch
>Geoffrey Keen as Defence Minister
>George Leech (Stuntman, crash with jeep in the early scenes)
>Helene Hunt as Octopussy girl
>Janine Andrews as Octopussy girl
>Jeremy Bulloch as Smithers
>Jim Dowdall (Stunt Double for Roger Moore under train)
>John Barry (Film soundtrack composer)
>John Glen (Director)
>John Grover (Supervising Editor)
>John Richardson (Special Effects Supervisor)
>Kabir Bedi as Gobinda
>Kristina Wayborn as Magda
>Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
>Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan
>Malcolm Weaver (Stuntman)
>Martin Grace (Stunt Supervisor and Double for Roger Moore under train)
>Mary Stavin as Octopussy girl
>Maud Adams as Octopussy
>Michael G. Wilson (Producer and screenwriter)
>Monty Norman (Composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nosher Powell (Stuntman)
>Paul Weston (Stunt Fight Arranger/Stunt Supervisor and Double for Roger Moore on the train after Grace's accident)
>Peter Davies (Editor)
>Peter Lamont (Production designer)
>Philip Voss as the auctioneer
>Remy Julienne (Stunt Driver)
>Richard Le Parmentier as U.S. Aide
>Richard Maibaum (Screenwriter)
>Robert Brown as M
>Rocky Taylor (Stunt Double for Roger Moore and Second Unit Stunt Arranger)
>Roger Moore as James Bond
>Roy Alon (Stuntman)
>Safira Afzal as Octopussy girl
>Steven Berkoff as General Orlov
>Terry Cade (Stuntman)
>Tony Meyer as Griska

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists and Albert R. Broccoli presents Roger Moore as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in 'Octopussy':



Other James Bond anniversaries during 2013 featured on From Sweden with Love:
>60th Anniversary of the literary James Bond (April 2013)
>50th Anniversary of Dr. No in Sweden (April 2013)
>50th Anniversary of From Russia with Love (October 2013)
>40th Anniversary of Live and Let Die (June 2013)
>30th Anniversary of Never Say Never Again (October 2013)

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:
Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig

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Photo above:
One of the original Swedish film posters for Octopussy (1983) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film Octopussy on MGM's official website:
www.mgm.com/#/our-titles/1394/Octopussy
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