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From Russia With Love (1964)

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96

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 2

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

100

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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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.

Mar 28, 2006

United Artists

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (2) | DVD (28)

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

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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007 is very much with us again, and anyone who hasn't yet got to know him is urged to do so right away!

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
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.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best.

June 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Much of it borders on the inept and the embarrassing, and that goes for the title song sung by Matt Monro, the "singing bus-driver".

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

One of the finest Bond outings, this flourished in the paranoia of the times before the franchise was devalued by an over-reliance on gadgets, camp quips and a skittish lack of focus or direction.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

FRWL has character and dash, and even something of a conventional plot, all worth revisiting for this pin-sharp restoration.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The narrative is plodding, time has not been kind to set-pieces that were once so thrilling and now seem oddly perfunctory, and 007's misogyny and casual slapping of several women is more than faintly repellent.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Honestly, nobody does it better..

April 24, 2009
Daily Record [UK]

This is probably the best Bond film made.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world. [Blu-ray]

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...a pivotal entry within the series...

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

With a tight, witty script and unforgettable baddies, this is one of the very best entries in the series, stylishly cementing the formula -- for good or ill.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.
June 14, 2014
harrycaul

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.
January 11, 2013
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.
December 21, 2012
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Chris Weber

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This film has everything that was great about the first bond film, and more. The plot is wiser, the characters have more to do, the action is much more developed, and the character-to-character dialogue scenes are some of the most intense scenes I have ever seen in a movie. This film does everything to perfection, and what I love so much about these films is how easily each cast member can work with each other. They all feel so comfortable. I have no complaints about this film, besides a few characters that were brought up, but left out until then end of the film, but every movie can be poked at. "From Russia With Love" is a stunning Bond feature!
October 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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