From Russia With Love

1963, Action, 1h 58m

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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. Read critic reviews

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Agent 007 (Sean Connery) is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi) to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.

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  • Apr 02, 2021
    It's 1963, the modern era and here you are trapped in a merely bourgeois and boring existence and living from paycheck to paycheck? Get some relief and spend an hour or two visiting foreign and exotic locales, making love to foreign and exotic women, and maybe a foreign and exotic fight or two to round out the day! That's what Bond brought the men of the early 1960s, escape - in a very civilized way, and why Connery is still considered the best at Bonding. And this one is one of the best, with a well-rounded story and decently executed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Surprisingly better than the first film From Russia with Love takes Bond into the Cold War, featuring more thrills, action and humor.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2015
    A Love letter to 60s espionage in a franchise that was already off and running, the 2nd 007 adventure takes audiences From Russia and offers the only early Bond film that could also stand on its own as a standalone Cold War spy flick besting even John Le Carre. With the persona and tone already brilliantly established with Dr. No, From Russia with Love one-ups its predecessor and sees Bond further earmark globetrotting adventure and many other motifs as franchise stalwarts. Now with Q and a menacing villain worthy of Bond's time and energy added into the mix (Robert Shaw), filmgoers witness one of the hottest and the most Nuclear Age-related of stories that the series ever produced (indeed, Broccoli felt that this was Fleming's best adventure). In this spy caper set largely in Istanbul, James Bond (Connery) willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty (Daniela Bianchi) in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. From the train dust-up to the knife shoe fight to the speedboat chase, the Bond franchise also solidifies its place as an action lover's actioner series with this entry...the regrettable Gypsy girl fight notwithstanding. Though cheeky, From Russia with Love also marks the last time that Bond's spyware receives semi-serious handling before slowly descending into sometimes camptastic waters. Also, though SPECTRE received a mention from Dr. No, this thinking man's actioner gives us the first full-fledged glance into the evil syndicate (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) that will reign terror right up until and including, well, 2015's Spectre. Bottom line: Love Comes Quickly
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    I was expecting this one to be way better than it was, After Dr No was good but lacked the action this one is the same except less action, Although this one has more style and the plot was ok although it's over told for what it all comes down to, It's too slow and the ending wasn't nothing to shout about, There was no stand out scene, Sean Connery does well again they just use him wronge, It's far from the worst Bond but there are better ones too.
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