From Russia With Love (1964)

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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.

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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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Mystery & Suspense
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United Artists

Cast

Sean Connery
as James Bond
Daniela Bianchi
as Tatiana Romanova
Robert Shaw
as Donald Grant
Lotte Lenya
as Rosa Klebb
Pedro Armendáriz
as Kerim Bey
Eunice Gayson
as Sylvia Trench
Vladek Sheybal
as Kronsteen
Walter Gotell
as Morzeny
Aliza Gur
as Vida
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Nadja Regin
as Kerim's Girl
George Pastell
as Train Conductor
Alizia Gur
as Vida
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
Desmond Llewelyn
as Boothroyd
Jan Williams
as Masseuse
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Critic Reviews for From Russia With Love

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | April 23, 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
Variety
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

007 is very much with us again, and anyone who hasn't yet got to know him is urged to do so right away!

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
Top Critic

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

½

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

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