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From Russia With Love Reviews

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February 1, 2019
The best thrilling movie ever made!
January 15, 2019
The first three Bonds are without question the best in the series, Tough From Russia With Love may well be the best of the best. Sean Connerry is one of the best Bond that I have seen. I loved all the James Bond films and for sure this one is one of the best.With that being said " I give " From Russia With Love " a C.
½ November 19, 2018
So, to get what was good about the film out of the way first, the action scenes are some of the better ones I've seen from the Sean Connery Bond films and the historic sets in Istanbul are very pretty. Other than that though, at every moment you feel like the film is going to turn into an old 60s porno, what with a granny lesbian dominatrix, women wrestling in somewhat skimpy clothes, or the belly-dancing. Everyone knows that James Bond is a playboy, but this is such a chauvinistic disaster that I don't even know how they got to make a third film. The script is fairly terrible and uninteresting and this is probably the most forgettable Bond film I've ever seen. A bonafide snooze-fest that doesn't bring anything to the table over Dr. No. It's not a horrible movie; it just isn't good either.
November 5, 2018
the very first introduction to spectre. again watching retrospectively made me appreciate the movie. brilliant it also birthed ideas that spawned many coldwar induced movies like "the sum of all fears" and so on. us vs russia
September 25, 2018
Sean Connery proves why he is James Bond. From Russia With Love features many Bond aspects that would be featured in more Bond films.
August 25, 2018
Die zweite Mission des weltberühmten Agenten ihrer Majestät, wird als grosse Falle hingestellt. James Bond muss eine Dechiffriermaschine aus den Händen der Russen stehlen und wird gleichzeitig von den Jägern von SPECTRE gejagt. Im Orient Express kommt es dann zu einem grossen Showdown.
Sean Connery verkörpert zum zweiten Mal den britischen Agenten James Bond 007. Connery wirkt auch schon reifer als im Vorgänger, was ihm auch mehr Handelsfreiraum gibt. Er wirkt selbstsicherer und darf auch mehr Humor einbringen.
Die österreichische Schauspielerin und Sängerin Lotte Lenya wird auch als erste weibliche Bösewichtin der Bond Franchise eingeführt. Auch wenn sie nur wenig Spielzeit in diesem Film hatte, wirkte sie sehr dominant und einprägend. Vor allem auch wegen ihrer Brillengläser.
Der mexikaner Pedro Armendariz hat hier seine letzte grosse Rolle neben Sean Connery. Als Weggefährten von Bond. Er steht immer dem Helden zur Seite. Armendariz verstarb noch während den Dreharbeiten an Krebs. Er wird als Freund und Helfer Kerim Bey unvergessen bleiben.
Als spezieller Handlanger mit spezifischen Tötungsmitteln wird hier Red Grant eingeführt. Grant wird gespielt von Robert Shaw. Shaw spielt den Auftragskiller von SPECTRE ziemlich kühl und trocken. Kann aber schon Bond das Wasser reichen.
Die italienische Schauspielerin und Model Daniela Bianchi spielt das Bondgirl Tatiana Romanova. Obwohl Bianchi bei den Miss Universe Wahlen zweite wurde, fällt sie mehr wegen ihrer Schönheit auf. Schauspielerisch ist sie eher schwach und steht im Schatten hinter Lotte Lenya.
Was ich sehr gut finde, dass SPECTRE schon eine grössere Bedeutung in der Franchise hat. Auch wird hier der mysteriöse Mann mit der weissen Katze eingeführt, was ich sehr spannend finde.
Man merkt auch das der Vorgänger Dr. No ein gutes Einspielergebnis hatte. Dadurch konnte man mehr Geld für das zweite Abenteuer ausgeben. Die Handlung ist abwechslungsreich und hat auch mehr Action, als sein bekannter Vorgänger.
Fazit: Ein gut gemachter und stimmiger Agententhriller, in der damaligen Zeit, des Kalten Krieges!
½ August 16, 2018
Sean Connery's second outing as the 007 agent and the second film to star the famous spy agent, Terence Young's second bond film based on Ian Flemming's legendary novel has plenty of humor and seriousness, and the action and villains is more revered and developed making this bond outing one of the franchise's most critically successful and one of the greatest.
½ July 24, 2018
While it has slightly more thrills than its previous entry, it overall isn't as strong of one.
July 18, 2018
One of the best films of the saga James Bond 007. After seeing the movie "Dr. No" I thought that they could not do better, but ..... they succeeded. Highly recommend.
½ June 11, 2018
Probably one of the most realistic spy films in the Bond franchise, From Russia With Love has amazing performances, is filled with excitement and has several iconic moments. Even though some aspects of the third act drag the film, it is a DEFINITE improvement on the first and is great fun.
June 9, 2018
Even better second outing for Bond.
½ May 8, 2018
The 2nd Bond film is largely a straightforward Cold War spy thriller, and it's largely the model for all of the really best films in this series.
½ May 7, 2018
From Russia With Love isn't just a great Bond film, it's an outstanding Cold War thriller in its own right. And in the face off - both verbal and physical - between Bond and Red Grant on the Orient Express the film achieves heights of tension rarely equalled in subsequent entries in the franchise.
½ April 11, 2018
Is this the best film Hitchcock NEVER made?

From Russia With Love is one of the best James Bond movies (my second favorite) and one of the first sequels to actually be better than the original. 007's second outing is a kinky and brutal travelogue adventure, and the darkest of the Connery Bonds. The Bond formula has been further developed with Q making his first appearance (minimal gadgets that are actually practical) and we get an action scene before the title sequence.

Before the franchise turned into a bunch bloated action movies and self parody, From Russia With Love represented one of the few times 007 actually acted like, SURPRISE, a spy. There's real political intrigue in the film, and it relies more on suspense and tension than action scenes to deliver the entertainment. Director Terence Young maintains a Hitchcockian flair throughout, from the train scenes to the helicopter chase which was inspired by North by Northwest's cropduster sequence. Connery gives what might be his best performance as the secret agent, exuding a perfect balance between suaveness and cold ruthlessness. Daniela Bianchi is cute and sexy as the Bond chick, and although she isn't given much more than to be eye candy and a MacGuffin, I can't complain. Pedro Armendariz, who acted in several of John Ford's films, is also makes for a strong ally in Kerim Bey.

Possibly the best part of this movie is Robert Shaw's portrayal of sociopathic SPECTRE agent Red Grant. Shaw's villain is one of the great baddies in the franchise, if not the greatest, and manages to upstage Connery in their scene together. The violent brawl between the two aboard the Orient Express is easily one of the all time fight scenes in cinema, with no fancy choreography, just two evenly matched men beating the living shit out of each other. Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb also delivers a menacing performance as the film's other main villain.

While the film has some flaws, such as a bizarre catfight in the gypsy camp and a clumsy battle between the gypsies and Soviet agents, it's Hitchcockian elements and the strong performances from Connery and company make one of the few times the franchise could be taken seriously, something that didn't return until Casino Royale in 2006. As a result, From Russia With Love is not only a great Bond movie but a great movie in general.
½ April 11, 2018
a suave connery and gaudy villains impart an air of ardour in a serviceable plot (much of it set affably in a train), and the swiftly self-confident 'from russia with love' also consists of incisive direction, felicitous coolness of demeanour and luminous wit. its vision of bond, embracing some inclinations to 'north by northwest', perfectly resembles its fans affinities for the series.
½ March 30, 2018
Good opener, great twist. One of the best opening credits sequences I've seen in a movie. What a cute and pretty little white cat. Seeing the natural setting of Istanbul with all it's history and age, is nice to see.

That one General chick is pretty creepy the way she comes onto that blonde chick. Wow, when they went into that underground reservoir, that was so cool. That whole gypsy scene was cool. They're kind of like the hippies of Turkey.

Well damn, that ambush scene escalated quickly. Nice train scene especially the fight sequence. A good amount of cheesiness in the movie.

Overall, camera shots and cinematography is pretty boring but the beautiful original and genuine setting of Istanbul and the story keep it from being just plain spy movie.
March 28, 2018
An intriguing, if mightily subdued sequel to "Dr. No," "From Russia With Love" has a pretty fantastic second half, but with a fairly meager set-up and a middle portion that frequently teeters towards the edge of lethargy, I can't help but be a tad disappointed with it. Still, though, when the film does deliver, it does so in spades. The aforementioned latter half contains some pretty dynamite set pieces, a welcomed twist or two, and a fight scene that could easily go down as a franchise best. The problem is, of course, it takes a lot to get there. And with a rather lackluster set of stakes propelling those earlier events forward, it leaves me feeling thus; a good, yet nowhere near great Bond film, in my opinion.
March 21, 2018
Just the right amount of action, sex, and killing. Better than the book because of add-on action and settings in Istanbul and Venice. Fun movie.
January 7, 2018
A solid second Bond movie, Lotte Lenya plays a deranged SPECTRE agent sent by Blofeld to steal and then ransom a Lector secret message decoder.
½ January 1, 2018
In my view, the finest pre-2006 Bond film. Somehow, From Russia With Love gets everything so sensationally right. The plot is bigger and more complex than Dr. No, and the amount of locations is tripled and augments the story with a subtle brilliance. Connery himself plays Bond with far more confidence and coyness throughout, and the experience gained from Dr. No lets both Connery and director Terence Young have more freedom of experimentation. Whereas Dr. No was the introduction to James Bond, From Russia with Love is the prototype for every Bond which follows afterward. Early James Bond at his best.
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