There are always those films that most dislike, but others will still defend to the death. The most commonly maligned are Moonraker, A View to a Kill, and Die Another Day to name a few. There are those scenes that people decry for being so awful (the CGI surfing in DAD, the gorilla cry in OP). Or the poor decisions that hamper better films (Dalton’s terrible haircut in LTK, Blofeld being Bond’s brother in SP). However, even those will have their defenders.
I personally defend Octopussy and Tomorrow Never Dies from the haters. TND was my very first Bond film, so it has that going for it. It is easily the most light-hearted of the Brosnan films and has a kick-ass girl to boot (love Michelle Yeoh, though Teri Hatcher is irritating). It is also a film that is bizarrely relevant in the era of “Fake News” with the villain creating his own chaos and fake news to further his own agenda. Not to mention, Jonathan Price is fantastic and Mr. Stamper is one of the better Red Grant impersonators. The car chase in Germany with the remote control BMW is deliciously ridiculous and the motorcycle chase through Vietnam is wonderful with a great use of the Bond theme. I also loved Bond’s taunting of Carver during the climactic showdown.
Octopussy is also that Bond film that was hurt by some strange directorial decisions (gorilla cry and Sit!), but also has a likeable villain (Louis Jordan as Kamal Khan), a genuinely realistic plot (rogue Soviets nuking an American military base), and the most misunderstood scene in the Bond canon (the clown scene). The clown scene in particular is why this film is so great for me. It’s tense as Bond must disguise himself as a clown to get near the bomb and then must try and convince everyone that he isn’t a clown and the bomb threat is real. It shows what happens when someone is forced to be serious as the light-hearted Roger Moore can no longer smooth talk his way out of the situation. Utterly fantastic.