Jan 9 2013

Review: From Russia With Love

Welcome to my review of From Russia With Love, the second part of my challenge to review all of the James Bond films. Over the course of the next couple of months, I’ll be watching each film in turn and trying to figure out which one is my favourite. For more information, see my introduction here. You can read my review of Dr No here. Spoilers follow.

From Russia With Love
(dir. Terence Young, 1963)

From Russia With Love trailerI was convinced that I had seen From Russia With Love before, but when I came to re-watch it I had no memory of the plot at all. My brain only sparked with recognition when James Bond (Sean Connery’s second stab at the character) and the villain Red Grant (Robert Shaw) had their fight in a cramped passenger car on a train—I have seen this film, but somehow I managed to forget nearly everything about it.

Which is weird because From Russia With Love is an excellent Bond film. After the somewhat tentative footsteps taken by Dr No into the franchise, From Russia With Love clearly shows off an increased budget and greater confidence in the source material from both the actors and the studio.

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