From Russia with LoveDirector: Terence Young, Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz
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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Cast & Crew
|Sean Connery||James Bond|
|Daniela Bianchi||Tania Romanova|
|Pedro Armendariz||Kerim Bey|
|Lotte Lenya||Rosa Klebb|
|Robert Shaw||Red Grant|
|Francis de Wolff||Vavra|
|George Pastell||Train Conductor|
|Nadja Regin||Kerim's Girl|
|Lois Maxwell||Miss Moneypenny|
|Neville Jason||Kerim's Chauffeur|
|Desmond Llewelyn||Maj. Boothroyd|
|David C. Anderson||Asst. Director|
|John Barry||Score Composer|
|Albert R. Broccoli||Producer|
|Sidney Cain||Art Director|
|Syd Cain||Art Director|
|Michael White||Art Director|
|Freda Pearson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jocelyn Rickards||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John Stears||Special Effects|
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From Russia With Love is a moive that you can watch over and over again. Connery at his best. The villian Red Grant is spetacular. Starting with stealing the Lector, to the train fight, then the helicopter with the gernades, to the boat chase is filled with action. Makes the book easier to understand. One of the best songs and good supporting characters.
After recently watching the debacle that was Quantum of Solace, I had to return to what a Bond movie should be. From Russia with Love, the second in the franchise, establishes the foundation for all that follows. The theme, The chase music, the opening song, the gadgets, and the best plot of any Bond movie. There is a hierarchy of villians, and the SPECTRE's enforcer is played by Robert Shaw, who is as menacing as Connery is suave; their fight on the Orient Express took three weeks to film, and it is a brutal match. The setting is Istanbul, no more exotic and familiar place on Earth, from the Grand Bazaar to Hagia Sophia to the Basilica Cistern underneath. The film ends in Venice, a perfect bookend. We also get to meet SPECTRE's #1, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and of course, the accesory of every super villain, a white cat to stroke as he schemes.
Many people say that Goldfinger was the film that made the James Bond series what it is today. But, for me that isn't the case. I loved From Russia With Love. I think, in my own opinion, that this was truely Sean Connery's best performance as Bond. I loved the way Daniela Bianchi played Tatiana Romanova as the same for Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb. Even though this movie is different than Ian Fleming's original Bond novel, it is still one of the Best Bond films.
Best of the Bond Movies - Sean Connery was simply superb as James Bond. All of the actors gave wonderful performances. The first Bond movies had great scripts and contained drama, excitement and humor. Writers didn't need to blow up everything and everyone in sight to keep people engaged and entertained. Russia With Love is sung beautifully by Matt Monro!
The first minute gets your mind thinking really hard right off the bat. It stimulates the mind. It involves state-of-the-art gadgetry, hot bond girls, and ultimate action throughout the whole movie. I gave this film a perfect 5 stars because it's the #1 hit of all bond films! The story is exceptionally good and it never gets boring. This film also includes a great chase too, that's the signiture part of a bond film. Overall it's a terrific film and I hope to see more 007 films like that one.
It is sort of like the old version of goldeneye.
Sean connery is so totally yummy.
I loved this video, especially Lotte Lenya as Col. Klebb, and the action and scenery is wonderful, for one who does NOT think Connery was the best Bond.