If there was any honesty in marketing, they would have called it Brisk Evening Stroll: The Game and used the press release to beg for forgiveness. But rather than just admit failure, the makers of the game used the dark magic of weaseling out of it, allegedly informing inquiring customers that the game was merely sold out. Not exactly the most convincing lie, trying to make people think that a bunch of gamers were fighting for the privilege of playing a game that looks like one of Santa's elves wandered into a Hitchcock movie.
The First James Bond Video Game Was Going To Take Place Exclusively On A Boxcar
GoldenEye 007 is one of the best games of all time, a first-person shooter that could have only been a more accurate Bond experience if Nintendo had figured out a way for the rumble pack to give you an STD. But Bond almost had a much less suave dalliance in the video game world with a tie-in game for Octopussy, which for some reason decided to simply make Bond run around on a train boxcar.
Still better than Die Another Day.
It was to be imaginatively titled James Bond 007 As Seen In Octopussy. Octopussy has plenty of exciting Bondian moments that easily could have made a great video game: shootouts, car chases, and, of course, dressing up like a sad clown. And while it is true that 007 does fight a guy on top of a circus train, it's not exactly the most iconic element of Octopussy (that would be an elderly Roger Moore slurring the word "pussy" a million times), so why canonize this in one of the first-ever Bond games? The end result looks more like a game about freight-hopping 1920s hobos trying to murder each other over a discarded sandwich than the exploits of a debonair super-spy.
Despite this, early advertisements were showered with blurbs from positive reviews the game was getting -- by "joke" articles. "It's Bond every step of the way" says the respected journalist from "Rolling Pebble," probably a hint that Parker Brothers weren't expecting actual reviews to do the heavy lifting for them.
"The box says 'James Bond,' which clearly makes this a James Bond game that you can play. 5/5 stars."