THE TIME WHEN AIR-INDIA BROUGHT JAMES BOND TO INDIA
Octopussy is a 1983 spy film and the thirteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by John Glen and the screenplay was written by George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, and Michael G. Wilson.
Bond is assigned the task of following a general who is stealing jewels and relics from the Soviet government. This leads him to a wealthy Afghan prince, Kamal Khan, and his associate, Octopussy, and the discovery of a plot to force disarmament in Western Europe with the use of a nuclear weapon.(Source:Wikipedia)
Bond has to fly to Delhi in pursuit of Kamal Khan.
But the most interesting and previously unknown fact about Bond's choice of airline can be found in the scene at M's office. Here we get a brief glimpse of Bond's plane ticket. On the ticket jacket that Moore is showing to M you can clearly see the name "Air India". One would have thought that Bond should fly British Airways when going to India but apparently Bond wanted to delve into the local treasures.
"-Book yourself on the next flight out!
-Well, I have 55 minutes to catch that flight sir."
-M to Bond-
In 1971 Air India took delivery of its first Boeing 747-200. This coincided with their introduction of the new plane livery and branding "a palace in the sky". This livery featured the paintwork around each aircraft window, in the arch style of windows in Indian palaces, a design that also can be seen on Bond's ticket. One could imagine that the palace in the sky-service was something that caught Bond's attention in 1983.