From Russia With Love

1964

From Russia With Love

Critics 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.

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83%

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User Ratings: 93,324
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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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Cast

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
Leila
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

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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

    Variety
    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

  • 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.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2014
    I'm currently making it through the James Bond series- all for the first time- and the second film in is a disappointing experience. I quiet enjoyed Dr. No, stylistically spectacular. While From Russia with Love matched Dr. No in Sean Connery's smoothness, and all around fun style, the plot is significantly weaker. The relationship between Bond and Tania makes no sense to me, they seemingly both had each other figured out (and knew it) so why keep the games up? For sex? The story was often cartoon like, and I can't fathom why some consider this the best bond, I've only seen the first two and I wouldn't. 2.5 stars- (generous)
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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