From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

DVD - 2012
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James Bond travels to Istanbul to retrieve a top secret Soviet decoding machine, but his mission is put in jeopardy when he falls in love with a sexy Russian double agent.


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Sep 25, 2020

Sequel to the Bond film debut 1962 Dr. No, but clearly with bigger budget and scenic staging sets in Istanbul and Venice. New characters who will appear in later films are Blofeld (SPECTRE's Number 1 + his cat), gadget man Q and a Soviet counterintelligence agency SMERSH. Best scenes are the fierce fight in the train compartment between James Bond and "Red" Grant (Robert Shaw), the sights of Istanbul historic places circa 1963, and the entertainment in the gypsy camp.

Jun 20, 2019

Definitely an example of a sequel which improves upon its predecessor in every way. The story is better, the villains more memorable, Bond's wit is sharper, and the suspense is stronger. Not so much an action film like the later Bonds, but that's no problem. My only complaint would be the length: some scenes are just unnecessary, like the women wrestling in the mud scene.

Nov 27, 2017

Oh Sean Connery your Mr. James Bond is so missed! I am still sitting here laughing at how you captured the character of James Bond. No one since has even come close to your original Bond character. You made us believe in the world of fast cars and the most evil plots to do you in. No one ever got you! It wasn't even close and your still the Number One Mr. Bond!

May 28, 2017

I do not remember seeing this one as a kid. Pretty sure, I would have remembered something - Bond is sent to Istanbul to retrieve a decoder device where he hooks up with a female Russian (double) agent. Belly dancers start off the DVD then Bond ends up in a Gypsy camp where two woman are having some sort of wrestling match. There are Russian agents and references to SPECTRE and SMASH - other secret agencies. Think Ineed some sort of 007 primer to keep up, maybe I should read the books. I had a good laugh because Bond gets his briefcase from Q that has all sorts of hidden devices. Reminded me that my brothers got James Bond briefcases one year for Christmas--cool!

Sep 05, 2016

From Russia with Love is my favorite Bond film because it was the first one I saw as a much younger man. Sean Connery was in perfect form as 007. Robert Shaw was a formidable adversary from Spectre. Lotte Lenya plays the murderous lesbian Klebb who would much rather conquer Bond's love interest than Bond himself would. The movie entirely without American influence and that is good. All the scenes are in Eastern Europe. Great coloring and suspense with not too much technical show-off.

Jun 07, 2015

The cliché that's been parodied to death: a white persian cat stroked by the scheming villain is introduced. These early Bond films are plagued by some really bad background "green" screen shots, but apart from that, they are entertaining. They test the point of unbelievable many times as Bond is face to face with loaded guns that never get pulled (why??) or a machine gun from a helicopter that can't hit anything!? It was more believable in Dr. No when the gun was triggered empty because all the bullets were used. It's no spoiler to say that 007 & all the clichés survive.

Nov 17, 2013

Ooh-la-la!_____ Where James Bond goes a bevy of buxom babes always follows. And, you can bet, in this slick, little story of intrigue, espionage and double-cross, Sean Connery, as Bond, was, and always will be, the very best 007 agent of them all. Bar none._____ Faithfully following the huge success of 1962's Dr. No, From Russia With Love would be the second outing for Mr. James Bond, secret agent-man, extraordinaire. And, once again, our suave, masculine hero and his latest daredevil adventure scored a real, nice bull's-eye._____ Featuring plenty of early-1960's wit, charm and intelligence (all nicely padded with some superbly staged action sequences), From Russia With Love delivered its story with precision timing. It also really appealed to me that this production was almost gadget-free._____ And, of course, I really dug this film's twangy-guitar theme music which was written by Monty Norman.

Aug 14, 2013

SPECTER is introduced to the franchise, and Dr. No is belatedly (literally) added as a member.

Apr 20, 2013

Sean Connery is the best Bond ever

Sep 13, 2012

This 1963 film is the second episode in the James Bond series, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and directed by Terence Young.
James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond's killing of Dr. No.
The action scene of James Bond and Red Grant (a Soviet professional killer) in the compartment on the Orient Express would make you shiver with thrill and adrenalin-gush.
In fact, the director choreographed the fight between Grant and Bond along with stunt co-ordinator Peter Perkins.
The scene took three weeks to film and was violent enough to worry some on the production.
This action scene looks quite realistic compared to the fight scenes that look absurdly acrobatic in the later episodes.
I like Daniela Bianchi (who plays a sexy Russian double agent) more thn any other Bond girls.
She is an Italian actress, who was the 1st runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe contest.
Apparently her Italian accent was too mcuh that her voice was dubbed by Barbara Jefford.

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