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.