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I know people will hate me, but I've seen this multiple times and I still think this is high regard, his best one. The way this story was layered to where it didn't make much sense and would totally throw it off from being a good film, and they put it together flawlessly. The fight scene on the train is absolutely stunning. Blowing up boats at the end. Dodging planes in mid-flight. Every scene is tense, every scene is dire. But everyone thinks the more octane action of Goldfinger is the better one. That may be true. But the story involved was neck and neck to whoever ended up with the device they were after. It was a race against time. Both of them are highly regarded. But I think this one is where it's at. Either check out Goldfinger or From Russia With Love. They are both solid entries.
Between 2.5 and 3 stars. It has all Bond's virtues and deffects: beatiful girls (sometimes, with no need at all but themselves), spectacular locations (Istambul and Venice), and terrible villains.
An incredible sequel that builds off of the SPECTRE storyline from the first film and produces a multitude of memorable villains for Bond to contest with. It also features arguably the best Bond ally in the whole series (in Kerim Bey) and another naïve and beautiful Bond girl who is highly amusing throughout. The film moves along at a brisk pace and Connery glides through the picture with even more confidence and swagger than in the first. There are so many little things as well that really capture the setting (Istanbul, a city acting as a bridge between east and west) and the cold war era, such as Bond having to check his hotel room for bugs and run through the famous code with a number of the people that he meets, or the two warring gypsy factions with their allegiances pledged to either the Soviets or the west. And, of course, lets not forget that incredible exchange between Connery and Shaw in the train carriage; truly one of the best scenes in film history. The action is great, the characters are among the most memorable in the series, and the film expertly continues the build and anticipation of the SPECTRE/Blofeld story. FRWL remains one of the very best Bonds ever.
James Bond produces a satisfying sequel. Sean Connery is a good actor.
Very, very good. Maybe a bit too serious for Bond, but a great "spy" film. Not campy Bond though
A classic Bond Cold War era film.
Classic British Cold-War adventure.
They are keeping it low in this second round, making their enemies sweat and maybe, maybe they will make a mistake.
From Russia With Love
Young is back in a sensible and calm state that is more Hitchcock-ian- there is literally a sequence similar to the North By Northwest, which surprisingly is both, more and less realistic than it was- than De Palma-isc. This verbally brimmed counter play of each characters might not be particularly smart but is surely a mature way of exploring the wry business vacation. Terence Young, the director, this time, is definitely bringing new things on the table. One would assume that after getting all the ingredients correctly mixed and cooked, it would be SAFE to believe in that recipe; one is wrong and also probably under pressure.
What was fast and smooth in the previous one, is slowed down and analyzed thoroughly from all the directions. And from this comes some of the finest tensed moments created on the screen, like sense of vulnerability or the tease of the upcoming guns-blazing and blood-dripping antic. These physical sequences are something that Sergio Leone used to rely upon, before breaking down into a big fist fight. Another major improvement is levity slipped in a scene, the one-liners are getting more sharp and gets a much bigger reaction from the audience.
Also, the makers and the actors on set seems confident and in a comfortable zone, considering some of the most ridiculous and questionable scenes- the entire cultural dance and eerie controversial rituals- are pulled off with such ease and conviction. Sean Connery revisiting his character oozes, yes, sexiness, but also a calculative, ethically wrong or mislead person that gives him quite a range to cover; he cares but often it turns out to be too late. From Russia With Love is the perfect formal vacation they could color, it is polished and poised in its tone, even at its dirtiest moment, the characters have enough courtesy to keep their gloves on.
Great locales and excellent performances to boot!
A must see!
From Russia with Love is Entertaining, Romantic,and filled with action as well as a mysterious threat emerges.