The Greatest
James Bond Girls

Octopussy (1983)

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Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
Title Screen
Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)

Octopussy (1983)
d. John Glen

Bianca (Tina Hudson)

In the exciting pre-title credits sequence (unrelated to the main plot of the film), Bond (Roger Moore) infiltrated an equestrian event (in an unnamed and unidentified Latin American (Cuban?) location), being held at an air-base, where he disguised himself as a mustached, brown-haired version of high-ranking military commander Colonel Luis Toro.

He was teamed up with sultry Hispanic female agent Bianca (Tina Hudson) in a mission to gain entrance to the restricted compound of the air-base and plant and detonate a bomb to destroy a top-secret experimental spy plane and radar system.

When taken prisoner by the real Colonel Toro (Ken Norris), Bond was transported away in an open truck.

The sexy, flirtatious and charming Bianca (in a bra-less low-cut dress) pulled alongside in a convertible and temptingly distracted the guards, allowing Bond an opportunity to pull their parachute ripchords and sail them backwards.

He jumped onto Bianca's Range Rover and shot out the tires of the truck, to make his escape.

He then thanked Bianca with a kiss ("I'll see you in Miami") before leaving.

Octopussy (1983)

Magda (Kristina Wayborn)

At a Sotheby's auction in London where a rare, genuine imperial Faberge Easter egg (titled "The Portrait of a Lady" with blue sapphires and diamonds) was being auctioned off, Bond (Moore) first observed this villainous 'Bond girl' when the beautiful brunette arrived ("Now there is a lady") and seated herself next to corrupt, wealthy Afghan prince Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan). Bond upped the bidding, forcing Khan to bid 500,000 pounds for the priceless object.

Later, Bond encountered Khan with the same alluring female at his side in a hotel casino in India, cheating in backgammon against his opponent with loaded dice. During the game, Bond introduced himself at the bar to her, learning she was Kamal's right-hand assistant Magda (Kristina Wayborn), and reminding her of their previous meeting at the auction (Magda: "You have a very good memory for faces." Bond: "And figures"), but she snubbed him when he offered her a drink.

That evening, Bond was surprised by a dinner invitation from Magda - she was assigned by her associate Khan to deliver an offer to Bond: "He suggests a trade - the egg for your life." When her direct approach failed after flirtatious witty banter at dinner, she was determined to seduce Bond in order to recover the stolen, genuine Faberge egg.

They retired to his hotel bedroom, where they stripped down and drank champagne under his silk sheets. She asked, devilishly: "I need refilling." He noticed a tattoo of an octopus on her naked rear-end (Bond: "Forgive my curiosity, but what is that?"). She replied: "That's my little Octopussy."

After love-making, Magda attempted to sneak off early the next morning. She dressed and stole the egg from Bond's dinner jacket (and tucked it snugly in her sari's bodice). Bond awoke, noticed her departure and kissed her goodbye (deliberately allowing the theft) - he set his watch's homing device to track the egg as she descended athletically and gracefully with her long, unwrapping sari from Bond's balcony to Khan's awaiting car below, where she handed over the egg.

Later at dinner with Magda in Khan's Monsoon Palace, Bond noted that his meeting with the leggy and buxom woman was "a pleasure" - she replied: "You're too kind."

After dinner, Bond escaped his locked room and as he climbed around the outside of the building, he spied upon Magda undressing in an adjacent room.

Although Magda appeared to support Khan throughout the majority of the film, she was one of the females in jewel smuggler Octopussy's (Maud Adams) all-female circus entourage, and eventually sided with her when Khan double-crossed them - and they nearly lost their lives with thousands of other innocent people by a nuclear bomb planted inside a circus cannon at a US airbase in West Germany.

In the film's conclusion, she used her sexy dancing and athletic skills to help distract guards during an assault of villainous Khan's Monsoon Palace.

Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy (Maud Adams)

This 13th Bond film was the only one with a 'Bond Girl' whose name was used as the title of the film. Maud Adams was also the only Bond girl actress with a lead role in two different films, The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) and this film.

Octopussy (Maud Adams) did not appear in the film until about the 50-minute mark, and her face was not revealed in the scene, when her villainous jewel smuggling partner Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) met with her. The wealthy Octopussy headed up an all-female "Octopus" cult or entourage at her guarded, luxurious, and exotic palace on a floating island. In her quarters, she fed her venomous pet octopus in an aquarium (with her face unseen).

Bond learned that the 'Octopus' tattoo, portraying the blue-ringed octopus, was from Genus hapalachleana. It was the sign of an old secret order of female bandits and smugglers. When he found out the cult was entirely composed of "beautiful women, no men allowed," Bond exclaimed: "Sexual discrimination!" On Bond's first secret visit to her palace, he watched from a distance as Octopussy climbed stark naked from her pool, surrounded by her attendants. He was unaware that she was watching him on closed-circuit TV. She greeted him: "I wondered when you might arrive."

As he held a gun on her, she knew his identity and then asked: "Am I to be your target for tonight?" She explained how she was knowledgeable about Bond by revealing her past history. She was the daughter of disgraced British agent Major Dexter Smythe, whom Bond had been assigned to arrest 20 years earlier. She was thankful to Bond, who had allowed her father to commit suicide rather than face a humiliating court-martial for crimes against the state. Octopussy thanked Bond for being sympathetic to her father - "for giving him an honorable alternative." Her father was also a leading authority and lover of octopi, and gave her the pet name as a child.

When she discovered she had a "talent" for smuggling, she revived the old octopus cult as a front, recruiting the "lovelies" from all over Asia who were looking for "a guru, spiritual discipline" - they were trained and given a purpose and way of life in the sisterhood. The business had diversified beyond smuggling into shipping, hotels, carnivals, and circuses, and many female cult members were circus acrobats and performers.

After meeting Bond, she was interested in hiring the talented, risk-taking agent as a paid assassin, but he refused. She was frustrated by his double-standard: "Naturally, you do it for Queen and country" and called him "a paid assassin" - refusing to apologize for her own criminal activity. But then she gave in to his romantic advances when he forced a kiss from her in her bedroom: "You're right. We are two of a kind." She moaned: "Oh, James!" as they dropped down onto her circular, Octopus-styled bed for love-making.

Early that morning, Bond awoke in Octopussy's bed, and as they soon resumed their passionate affair, Khan's thugs interrupted them mid-kiss and almost killed them with a yo-yo saw.

Afterwards, Octopussy and Bond had very little contact until the film's conclusion, when he revealed Khan's double-cross, and saved her and the lives of thousands of others at a US airbase in West Germany targeted by a nuclear weapon.

After defeating Khan and his henchmen, Bond claimed he was seriously injured and unfit to travel. He recuperated with Octopussy on her private barge rowed by her all-female crew (who were appropriately commanded: "In, out, in, out") at sunset.

As she kissed Bond (with his leg in traction rising up, erotically), she commiserated: "I wish you weren't in such a weakened condition." She sighed, "Oh, James," as he threw off the arm sling and the traction support for his leg - transforming and curing himself for love-making, as she again exclaimed: "James!"

Greatest Bond Girls in James Bond Films
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Spectre (2015) | No Time to Die (2021) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)

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