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1963 James Bond Movie starring Sean Connery

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Bond looks for spys behind his hotel's Iron Curtain

  • Jul 30, 2009
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To the Bond purist the only movies that have any merit are the first three and sometimes Thunderball is thrown into that mix as well.  They are taken the most seriously and follow the original source material closest and have everyones favorite Bond in Sean Connery.

The first and third movie are flashier and more fun but From Russia With Love takes everything seriously and if it wasn't for Connery as Bond, you could almost mistake it for being a real spy movie.  Theres no flashy sets, no souped up cars, no silly gadgets (but some I can imagine existing) and the story is feasable and it's villains are real and in that they are amost scary in how human they are.

The story has Bond after succeeding from his mission in Dr. No has S.P.E.C.T.R.E. out for revenge and they want Bond dead.  Putting together an elaborate scheme involving a former Russian SMERSH agent now with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and getting a lovely blonde clerk to seduce Bond and take her away to England with the bonus of an advanced Lektor Decoding machine.  Bond and M know it's a trap but can't pass up the chance for the deconder.

Every step of the way in this film is Bond doing what Bond has always done but never better here: SPYING!  Bond moves around descretely, looks for bugs, keeps codes and lays low.  You'd swear this wasn't a Bond movie, but it is.  Connery never looked or acted better in the role of Bond then he did here.  Daniella Bianchi may not have been a flashy Bond girl but she certainly is a looker with a cute innocence to the Western World.

The villains are certainly human and evil.  While the villains with deformities like Jaws and TeeHee are always cool to see, realistic ones like we have here are memorable for their cold demeanor and evil intents.  The plan which invloves simply killing Bond and a sex scandal thrown in to humiliate England for good measure may not be grandoise but can certainly be accomplished.  Okay it's not starting an Earthquake on the San Andreas fault line to flood Silicon Valley, thus destroying the worlds microchip market and...wow just typing that plan sounds stupid.

Robert Shaw is bar none my number 2 favorite bad guy after Jaws.  From a completely unbelieveable villain in Jaws to the scariest in the series in Donald Grant.  Silent and taciturn, with a bit of his own spying skills-you don't cross Grant.  He WILL kill you.  Colonel Klebb is an evil little toady who may not look mean but like a disgusting substitute teacher she'll surprise you with her manners.  Blofled makes his first appearance (unseen) with that trademarked cat and other then Telly Sevalas turn as the character it's the most effective appearance.

Maybe it's a little slow and lacking pizazz, but From Russia With Love is my favorite Bond movie after The Spy Who Loved Me.  The only other Bond movie that approaches the level of this seriousness was For Your Eyes Only. Too bad it's the only one.
Bond shields Tanya from a downed helicopter Bond and Grant in the best movie fist fight ever From Russia, With Love S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agents meet Blofeld Bond takes aim at his opponent Tanya steals the Lektor Decoder

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July 30, 2009
I think this might be one of my favorite reviews you've written!  Really well done.  Some of those newer Bond plots are ridiculously stupid aren't they?  I was curious about your thoughts on On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  That is one of my favorite bond films. 
July 30, 2009
Love OHMSS. May have to talk about it next. A lot of Bond plots are stupid but the one I alluded to in A View To A Kill is barnone awful. It makes some of the other Bond movies look like Mr. Wizard on a rainy Saturday. OHMSS will be coming. I have some other Bond reviews up too.
 
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From Russia with Love (1963) is the second spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. In the film, James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Corporal Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge the killing of Dr. No.

In addition to filming in location in Turkey, the action scenes were shot both in Scotland and Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. From Russia with Love was a critical and commercial success, outgrossing its predecessor Dr. No with over $78 million in worldwide box office. It is considered one of the best films in the James Bond series.

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Cast: Sean Connery
Release Date: May 1963
Runtime: 111 Minutes

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