From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

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Director: Terence Young

Cast: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz

     
 

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From Russia With Love, the second in the series of James Bond films, is the film that solidifies all the Bond film elements into a formula -- the action sequences are intensified and lend greater tension to the proceedings; John Barry's inimitable score makes its first appearance; Q is seen for the first time; and Sean Connery asSee more details below

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From Russia With Love, the second in the series of James Bond films, is the film that solidifies all the Bond film elements into a formula -- the action sequences are intensified and lend greater tension to the proceedings; John Barry's inimitable score makes its first appearance; Q is seen for the first time; and Sean Connery as Bond has nailed down his role as 007 -- accentuating Bond's stylishness and sophistication, while toning down his cold-bloodedness. In From Russia With Love, the bad guys don't want to take over the world. They want something more mundane -- a Russian decoding device. Assigned to the mission of stealing the decoding device are #3, former KGB agent Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), and #5, Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal), an expert chess player who has plotted every move of the mission. Kronsteen's plan requires using Bond's weakness for women as an element in acquiring the decoding device. Once Bond obtains the decoding device from Russian cipher clerk Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), SPECTRE muscleman Red Grant (Robert Shaw) is to forcibly take it from Bond and kill him. But Bond suspects a trap. Being Bond, however, he can't resist the lure of a beautiful woman. So, flaunting danger, Bond travels to Istanbul to meet Tatiana. The centerpiece of this 007 feature is the thrilling fight to the death between Bond and enemy agent Red Grant (Shaw) aboard the Orient Express.

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Perhaps the definitive James Bond film, From Russia with Love firmly established the series' now-familiar combination of outrageous action, femme fatales, fantastic gadgetry, and tongue-in-cheek suavity. Sean Connery deepens his Bond characterization, imbuing the persona with the smirky confidence that future audiences would come to expect. Director Terence Young's climactic showdown is one of the best action sequences of its kind, with thrilling combat choreography and expert editing. Though Dr. No may have been the first Bond film, Russia marked the inaugural appearance of the hip, flashy credit sequence, as well as Desmond Llewelyn in the role of Q. All in all, Russia is one of the sharpest entries in the perennially popular franchise.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
UPC:
0027616540737
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Daniela Bianchi Tania Romanova
Pedro Armendariz Kerim Bey
Lotte Lenya Rosa Klebb
Robert Shaw Red Grant
Bernard Lee M
Eunice Gayson Sylvia
Walter Gotell Morzeny
Francis de Wolff Vavra
George Pastell Train Conductor
Nadja Regin Kerim's Girl
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Jan Williams Masseuse
Neville Jason Kerim's Chauffeur
Martine Beswicke Zora
Alizia Gur Vida
Vladek Sheybal Kronsteen
Leila Dancer
Fred Haggerty Krilencu
Peter Bayliss Benz
Peter Brayham Rhoda
Peter Madden McAdams
Desmond Llewelyn Maj. Boothroyd
John Barry Conductor

Technical Credits
Terence Young Director
David C. Anderson Asst. Director
John Barry Score Composer
Lionel Bart Songwriter
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Sidney Cain Art Director
Syd Cain Art Director
Johanna Harwood Screenwriter
Peter Hunt Editor
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Michael White Art Director
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Monty Norman Songwriter
Freda Pearson Set Decoration/Design
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Stears Special Effects

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