From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

DVD - 2007
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A beautiful Russian girl is used as part of an international conspiracy to kill James Bond, Agent 007. The adventure leads him to Istanbul aboard the Orient Express.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, distributed by MGM Home Entertainment,, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©1963
ISBN: 9780792847243
0792847245
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (115 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD, region 1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
widescreen, rda
digital, video, mono, Dolby Digital, rda

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ba_library
May 28, 2017

I do not remember seeing this one as a kid. Pretty sure, I would have remembered something - Bond is sent to Istanbul to retrieve a decoder device where he hooks up with a female Russian (double) agent. Belly dancers start off the DVD then Bond ends up in a Gypsy camp where two woman are having some sort of wrestling match. There are Russian agents and references to SPECTRE and SMASH - other secret agencies. Think Ineed some sort of 007 primer to keep up, maybe I should read the books. I had a good laugh because Bond gets his briefcase from Q that has all sorts of hidden devices. Reminded me that my brothers got James Bond briefcases one year for Christmas--cool!

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 05, 2016

From Russia with Love is my favorite Bond film because it was the first one I saw as a much younger man. Sean Connery was in perfect form as 007. Robert Shaw was a formidable adversary from Spectre. Lotte Lenya plays the murderous lesbian Klebb who would much rather conquer Bond's love interest than Bond himself would. The movie entirely without American influence and that is good. All the scenes are in Eastern Europe. Great coloring and suspense with not too much technical show-off.

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uzebdrumz
Jun 07, 2015

The cliché that's been parodied to death: a white persian cat stroked by the scheming villain is introduced. These early Bond films are plagued by some really bad background "green" screen shots, but apart from that, they are entertaining. They test the point of unbelievable many times as Bond is face to face with loaded guns that never get pulled (why??) or a machine gun from a helicopter that can't hit anything!? It was more believable in Dr. No when the gun was triggered empty because all the bullets were used. It's no spoiler to say that 007 & all the clichés survive.

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ManMachine
Nov 17, 2013

Ooh-la-la!_____ Where James Bond goes a bevy of buxom babes always follows. And, you can bet, in this slick, little story of intrigue, espionage and double-cross, Sean Connery, as Bond, was, and always will be, the very best 007 agent of them all. Bar none._____ Faithfully following the huge success of 1962's Dr. No, From Russia With Love would be the second outing for Mr. James Bond, secret agent-man, extraordinaire. And, once again, our suave, masculine hero and his latest daredevil adventure scored a real, nice bull's-eye._____ Featuring plenty of early-1960's wit, charm and intelligence (all nicely padded with some superbly staged action sequences), From Russia With Love delivered its story with precision timing. It also really appealed to me that this production was almost gadget-free._____ And, of course, I really dug this film's twangy-guitar theme music which was written by Monty Norman.

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rslade
Aug 14, 2013

SPECTER is introduced to the franchise, and Dr. No is belatedly (literally) added as a member.

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momokrys
Apr 20, 2013

Sean Connery is the best Bond ever

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akirakato
Sep 13, 2012

This 1963 film is the second episode in the James Bond series, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and directed by Terence Young.
James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond's killing of Dr. No.
The action scene of James Bond and Red Grant (a Soviet professional killer) in the compartment on the Orient Express would make you shiver with thrill and adrenalin-gush.
In fact, the director choreographed the fight between Grant and Bond along with stunt co-ordinator Peter Perkins.
The scene took three weeks to film and was violent enough to worry some on the production.
This action scene looks quite realistic compared to the fight scenes that look absurdly acrobatic in the later episodes.
I like Daniela Bianchi (who plays a sexy Russian double agent) more thn any other Bond girls.
She is an Italian actress, who was the 1st runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe contest.
Apparently her Italian accent was too mcuh that her voice was dubbed by Barbara Jefford.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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AtomicFez
Aug 10, 2011

Not sure, but this may supplant "Goldfinger" as my favourite Connery-featuring Bond film. Obviously I'll get to that one shortly, so stay tuned for that development on this question.

The advantage of this instalment is the simple plausibility of the story. There aren't massive, expensive laboratories for creation of apocalyptic bombs, or radio towers for missiles being re-directed, or theft of LNG, or... All we're asked to believe is 1.) the Russians have a mechanical code machine (Fleming weekly visited the ENIGMA research facility during WWII so he knew about this quite intimately); 2.) MI-5 wants one of them (why wouldn't they?); and 3.) a woman has fallen in love with James Bond's photo (who hadn't by 1963?). Seems perfectly fine.

The Gypsy Camp sequence is a tad token in the "chicks wrestling are sexy" department, and the whole rail sequence might have been trimmed somehow, as it does seem to go on so very long. Still, both deliver important plot points mostly due to information, driving our favourite agent on to his goal. The boat chase later, however, doesn't seem *too* important, as really cool-looking as it may be.

The gadgets have arrived: AR-5 sniper rifle that is stored in its own stock, twin-lens reflex camera with reel-to-reel tape recorder inside it, attache case with several concealed features, plus a hand-held microphone detector. Thankfully, the story doesn't get sidetracked by them, and they're there to help the story.

Bond's wit is worked a tad too hard here, but given they've only just enabled it, and the previous film probably had only one witticism, some over-compensation is understandable.

Finally we've seen the head of SPECTRE, albeit only the hand of that head, and not the head of the head... erm... yes.

The title sequence has gyrating female flesh (as God intended); and it follows a pre-titles sequence that shows a Bond double, so *almost* is the first Prologue showing Bond doing 'something cool'. This version actually serves a purpose, and I wish more of them did this, rather than showing us a bit of an un-related mission involving some crazy electronic, magic expanding trench coat with jet-propulsion sleeves.

All in all, even with the grumping above, excellent stuff.

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Nov 17, 2013

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