Contributed by: The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Name for the ornamental riding platforms used on Indian elephants during the tiger hunt in Octopussy. Trapped in the grass beneath Gobinda‘s (KABIR BEDI) elephant, James Bond (ROGER MOORE) unbuckles the strap holding his howdah in place. When Bond dashes into the brush, Gobinda tries to open fire, but the loosened howdah topples him to the ground.


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