From Russia With Love


From Russia With Love

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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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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.

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Sean Connery
as James Bond
Daniela Bianchi
as Tatiana Romanova
Robert Shaw
as Donald Grant
Lotte Lenya
as Rosa Klebb
Eunice Gayson
as Sylvia Trench
Vladek Sheybal
as Kronsteen
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Nadja Regin
as Kerim's Girl
George Pastell
as Train Conductor
Anthony Dawson
as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
as Belly Dancer
Hasan Ceylan
as Foreign Agent
Fred Haggerty
as Krilencu
Neville Jason
as Chauffeur
Peter Madden
as McAdams
Jan Williams
as Masseuse
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Critic Reviews for From Russia With Love

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

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • FRWL has character and dash, and even something of a conventional plot, all worth revisiting for this pin-sharp restoration.

    Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.

    Apr 15, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Apr 15, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for From Russia With Love

Manages to build upon the strengths of it's predecessor (Dr. No) while also laying down the seeds of the classic "Bond formula" (Opening theme song, mission briefs from M, gadgets, Bond girls). Connery continues to kill it as James Bond in this excellent Cold War-thriller that almost approaches the level of Hitchcock at times, especially in Bond's confrontation with Red Grant. Speaking of Red Grant, the villains are also better this time around. Both Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya turn in excellent and memorable performances. If I had to pick a drawback, it's that I found Tatiana to be a pretty dull character and didn't showcase much personality outside of being eye-candy.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


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
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

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