From Russia With Love (1964)



Critic Consensus: The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes.

Movie Info

Broccoli considered this as one of the best Fleming stories. Connery once again excelled and was well supported by a great cast including Robert Shaw, wonderfully menacing as a brutal killer; and Lotte Lenya as the Russian agent with the famous poison-tipped knife device in her shoe. The film also features many distinctive Bond motifs for the first time and its huge success firmly established the 007 films as a cultural phenomenon.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ian Fleming, Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2006
United Artists


as James Bond

as Tatiana Romanova

as Donald Grant

as Rosa Klebb

as Kerim Bey

as Sylvia Trench

as Kronsteen

as Morzeny

as Miss Moneypenny

as Kerim's Girl

as Train Conductor

as Ernst Stavro Blofeld

as Belly Dancer

as Foreign Agent

as Krilencu

as Chauffeur

as McAdams

as Boothroyd

as Masseuse
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Critic Reviews for From Russia With Love

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (6)

The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Top Critic

For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity.

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Sin Magazine

The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for From Russia With Love


The best of the lot: the most perfectly realised on the screen and the truest to Fleming. As with Dr. No, the location photography here in the main favours the gritty over the travelogue pretty, a trend the series would regrettably begin to move away from with the very next film, Goldfinger. Terence Young's direction has a sure-footedness and confidence that was entirely lacking in his earlier effort and Robert Shaw's psychopathic SPECTRE agent is still the best henchman to have graced the Bond franchise.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

'From Russia with Love's bigger budget provides a slightly grander film than the franchise's first installment, but it still suffers from minor flaws. The film is more quicky paced and with a better plot, but does not have an enticing enough villain to compete with Connery's character. However, a few good action set pieces and a well shot film imply that the franchise is making good strides, and who better to keep in the driver seat than Sean Connery.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

This was the second entry in the series of James Bond films, and it definitely ranks right up at the top as one of the best. Dr. No introduced most of the series trademarks, and this one brought in the rest, most notably Q.

It also is a more polished film than its predecessor, and one heck of an enjoyable spy thriller.

The shadowy organization SPECTRE are usually bent on world domination. This time, they team up with the KGB, and it seems as if all they just want a Russian decoding device. Bond steps in to stop them,. but, as good of an agent as he is, he can't help but get sidetracked by a lovely lady.

Connery really comes into his own here, and he's great. The villains, mainly Lotte Lenya's Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw's Red Grant, are likewise quite excellent and memorable. The action and adventure are thrilling, the music is wonderful, and this goes down as one cool, suave, and awesome romp that is not to be missed.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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