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From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love (1964)

April. 08,1964
| Adventure Action Thriller

Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.


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Matylda Swan

It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties.


Watching this movie 55 years after it was made left me feeling unkind towards it. I didn't want to but it was impossible not to laugh at Lotte Lenya's performance. She's like a character from 'Allo 'Allo the British TV series. I laughed out loud when she wore spectacles with thick 'bottle' lenses. The acting's wooden and the whole film is terribly dated. And in the credits before the movie starts Martine Beswick is listed as Martin Beswick.


"From Russia with Love" is the second installment in the Bond franchise and widely considered to be the best of the Bond movies up to this point. While I haven't seen enough of them to either confirm or deny this, I did really really like this movie. I understand the praise.Connery revises his role as James Bond, heading to Turkey to meet with a potential Russia defector who wants to travel back to England with him and bring a Russian super-decoder as payment. What Bond doesn't know is that Tatiana is secretly working for Rosa Klebb, former officer for the Russian military. What Tatiana doesn't know is that Klebb is not loyal to the motherland anymore and is secretly working for SPECTRE. SPECTRE is attempting to pit Russia and England against one another, assassinating James Bond, while stealing the Lektor machine in the process. It's all very complex.This movie's filled with great scenes and Connery is at his very best in this one. The cast around him is fantastic too. Robert Shaw may just be my favorite Bond henchman I've seen thus far. He's a fantastic actor that has this foreboding-ness about him that I can't get out of my mind. My favorite character introduced in this one though is Kerim Bey. I'm sad this actor died so young because he is phenomenal here.A couple of scenes stand out, some of them really setting the tone for future Bond stereotypes. For one, the train fight scene is absolutely brutal! There's so much tension and good action choreography in this, one of the best early Bond fight scenes, hands down. The scene where we get introduced to our first set of gadgets is fun too. The suitcase isn't the most memorable gadget but it has a great deal of importance as it introduces us to Q.Sidenote: I also loved the chess scene and the great set design on display there. I loved all the scenes involving SPECTRE as well.I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the title sequence, another archetype of the Bond flick. It's a memorable one (even if you can't read it) and foreshadows our interactions with the gypsies later. This one has everything you want in a Bond film: a good henchman, SPECTRE, a devious plot, good action sequences, gadgets, beautiful women. This is the film that changed the action genre forever!


From Russia with Love has to be the best made James Bond film and adaptation in my humble opinion. Not only does it have the classic elements of a good bond film (bond girl, good gadgets, great fight scene) it works together very well. The sum and whole film is indeed better than its individual parts or elements. The same cannot be said for other bond films. The story is something the viewer can logically follow and understand and it gradually builds up to some iconic scenes. We see an evil organization play both sides of the cold war against each other in an ingenious plot to collect something valuable. The enjoyable film leads into some memorable scenes where the great 007 beats the odds. The film as a whole connected magically and was reinforced by great acting, a beautiful bond girl, great storytelling and iconic scenes such as the fight in the train between Bond and Nash. This film cemented 007 as a successful film franchise with an iconic spy film and capitalized on the success it gained in Dr No. Sean Connery will go down as the best James Bond and this can be arguably regarded as the best James Bond film made to date.


While it shares the same flaws as Dr. No(slow pacing and lack of action),they aren't as bad in this sequel.From Russia with Love does what all the best sequels do,take elements from the first(characters,plot,etc)and improves on them.The villains are even better,Red Grant being the best with his brains and brawn,the plot is more interesting,and Sean Connery is still great as James Bond.The action is much better and more exciting,yet is still suspenseful.The characters all work great together and have chemistry.This film also introduces new elements that would stay with the franchise forever,gadgets and the introductions of Blofeld and Q.Another good thing about this movie,is that it feels like an actual spy movie,full of espionage.Even with all of its good,From Russia with Love still has a few flaws,the pacing is still a bit too slow,there isn't really any action until the third act,and one scene involving gypsies,although part of the plot,just feels like filler.From Russia with Love is a worthy follow up to Dr. No,with a few flaws,though it is still great