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From Russia with Love
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Directed with consummate skill by Terence Young, the second James Bond spy thriller is considered by many fans to be the best of them all. Certainly Sean Connery was never better as the dashing Agent 007, whose latest mission takes him to Istanbul to retrieve a top-secret Russian decoding machine. His efforts are thwarted when he gets romantically distracted by a sexy Russian double agent (Daniela Bianchi), and is tracked by a lovely assassin (Lotte Lenya) with switchblade shoes, and by a crazed killer (Robert Shaw), who clashes with Bond during the film's dazzling climax aboard the Orient Express. From Russia with Love is classic James Bond, before the gadgets, pyrotechnics, and Roger Moore steered the movies away from the more realistic tone of the books by Ian Fleming. --Jeff Shannon
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P.S. I gave 4 stars due to sound quality. The picture would easily rate 5 stars for a movie of this vintage.
On the other hand, the fight on the train has to rate up there in the all time great fight sequences, and the overall ambience of the film is absolutely great. I give it full stars regardless of the inconsistencies noted above.
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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Plenty of moviegoers met Bond for the first time in "From Russia With Love," the film some 007 die-hards consider the best in the series (star Sean Connery agrees). Long before 007's sophomore screen effort reached theaters, Ian Fleming's novel was already famous as one of President Kennedy's favorite books, and that endorsement guaranteed Bond would win over America as he did his native U.K.
Here we get the first pre-title teaser, but unlike most to follow, it's brief and sets up an important part of the plot (007 being targeted for assassination). The titles themselves are a knockout, all the more so thanks to Lionel Bart's striking theme, orchestrated by John Barry who, for the first of eleven times provides Bond with an exciting score that's as much a signature for the series as the famous gun-barrel sequence that opens every film.
"From Russia With Love" is slower paced by later Bond standards but smarter, too, with a comparatively modest plot involving a decoding device coveted by SPECTRE. The tongue-in-cheek humor that would come to characterize the series was pretty much introduced here in an effort to offset the charges of sadism levied against the first film, but it doesn't overtake the action, including a fight aboard the Orient Express widely hailed as one of the greatest action scenes ever staged.
If the other films in the series warrant classification in the adventure genre, "From Russia With Love" is a thriller, the only film in the series I can imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing.Read more ›
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We all know Connery IS Bond of course but one has to mention it again. Good villains,chases,girls, story and supporting cast.Published on May 5 2014 by Moidart
This was still one of my favourite 007 movies and one of my favourite James Bond characters. After playing the 007 Gamecube game my grandsons are able to recognize the scenes that... Read morePublished on June 8 2013 by Glen M
This is the first bluray disc purchased for the bluray player.
The cases come with minimal content, not even the year the film first came out, making it difficult to watch... Read more
This is one of my favorites. I was thrilled to finally get it. I received it in perfect condition and in the time it was supposed to get to me. I'm truly happy.Published on Dec 23 2012 by Mario Desmarais
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