The 2nd James Bond movie. Following the success of DR. NO, producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman immediately propose the prospect of a sequel, but the proverbial question was of which film to adapt next. Ironically the decision of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE came from the choice of a very unlikely supporter: President John F. Kennedy! With such international tensions developing over news broadcasts, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE introduced entirely new aspects of appeal with Sean Connery reprising the role of 007. In addition is a diverse talent of International names appearing throughout the cast; Daniela Bianchi as the girl Tatiana Romanova, Lotte Lenya as the SPECTRE villanious Rosa Klebb, and most unforgettably Robert Shaw as assassin Red Grant. The confrontation between Connery and Shaw aboard the Orient Express remains one of the greatest confrontations in cinema history.
THE ASSIGNMENT: Tatiana Romanova, a Russian Cypher clerk, is assigned to defect a valuable cypher machine, known as a Lektor - if James Bond (who she is instructed to fall in love with) adjourns to meet her at Istanbul. Unknown to M and 007, SPECTRE is behind this plot. They have three motives; 1) to set the Russians and English at odds with one another, 2) to profit from the deal when they sell the Lektor back to the Russians, and 3) to lure Bond to his death in revenge for killing their operative - Dr. No. Even if the plot is somehow transparent, it will work, and they reason because the British can never resist a trap.
THE VILLAINS: Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb, Robert Shaw as Red Grant, Vladek Sheybal as Kronsteen, and a very young Walter Gotell (later played General Gogol) as Morzeny.
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