United Artists | Release Date: May 27, 1964
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kheasFeb 26, 2019
Overall, this is a solid entry in the Bond Franchise and really helps to establish what would be comes staples of the franchise as a whole. While Bond is still a womanizer, (something that will likely never completely change) this is tonedOverall, this is a solid entry in the Bond Franchise and really helps to establish what would be comes staples of the franchise as a whole. While Bond is still a womanizer, (something that will likely never completely change) this is toned down a notch to allow for some real story and character development. https://latetothegame.blog/2019/01/10/key-movies-of-my-life-james-bond-edition-from-russia-with-love-1963/ Expand
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imthenoobNov 10, 2019
I'm probably one of few that doesn't think very highly of this one. The cast is solid but I feel like the plot takes a long time to really get going and the entire final act is almost instantly forgettable and kind of disappointing.
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Compi24Mar 26, 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 beAn 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. Expand
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eva3si0nOct 8, 2018
If the first movie about the Agent 007 has seemed to me very boring, then the second has already seemed much more interestingly. Sean Connery perfectly plays, the plot is simple again, but it is at least interesting to watch him.If the first movie about the Agent 007 has seemed to me very boring, then the second has already seemed much more interestingly. Sean Connery perfectly plays, the plot is simple again, but it is at least interesting to watch him. Unambiguously the sequel has turned out much better. Expand
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NBFCJan 9, 2018
An improved sequel to Dr. No, FRWL plays out much more like a Hitchcockian thriller with some brief moments of big-budget action (Ex. Boat chase, the helicopter chase), especially during the slow-burn scene where Bond tricks Red Grant (playedAn improved sequel to Dr. No, FRWL plays out much more like a Hitchcockian thriller with some brief moments of big-budget action (Ex. Boat chase, the helicopter chase), especially during the slow-burn scene where Bond tricks Red Grant (played wonderfully by Robert Shaw) into opening a booby-trapped brief case. I also always loved the exotic locale of Istanbul and Karen Bay is probably one of my favorite Bond supporting characters. Expand
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amheretojudgeMay 6, 2019
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
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.
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FilipeNetoFeb 16, 2018
Bond strikes again

In this film, the second of the Bond franchise, the British secret agent finds himself involved in a conspiracy of the criminal organization SPECTRE, which plans to assassinate him using a beautiful and naive Russian
Bond strikes again

In this film, the second of the Bond franchise, the British secret agent finds himself involved in a conspiracy of the criminal organization SPECTRE, which plans to assassinate him using a beautiful and naive Russian agent.

This film is one of the few films of the early period of the franchise to focus on the reality of the secret services of the sixties: the Cold War. It is curious but only during the eighties and nineties, at a time when the USSR was agonizing, is that the Bond films will again focus more directly on the rivalry between the Soviet bloc and the Western powers. Directed by Terence Young and again with Sean Connery in the role, Bond will face and seduce Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi, another "Bond-Girl" that cinema forgotten after the passage by the franchise) and defeat Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya). Bernard Lee (as M) and Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny as) also appear in the film, which is introduced one of the most popular and charismatic characters of the franchise: Q, Director of MI-6 Equipment Branch.
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lori007101Aug 25, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The second mission of the world-famous agent of Her Majesty is posed as a big trap. James Bond has to steal a decoding machine from the hands of the Russians and is hunted at the same time by Spectre's hunters. The Orient Express then comes to a big showdown.
Sean Connery embodies the British agent James Bond 007 for the second time. Connery is also more mature than the predecessor, which gives him more trade space. He is more confident and may also bring more humor.
The Austrian actress and singer Lotte Lenya is also introduced as the first female villain of the Bond franchise. Even though she had little playing time in this film, she seemed very dominant and remarkably. Especially because of their glasses.
The Mexican Pedro Armendariz has his last big role alongside Sean Connery. As a companion of Bond. He always stands by the hero. Armendariz died during the filming of cancer. He will remain unforgotten as a friend and helper of Kerim Bey.
Red Grant is introduced here as a special stooge with specific killing agents. Grant is played by Robert Shaw. Shaw plays the mission killer of Spectre fairly cool and dry. But Bond can already reach the water.
The Italian actress and model Daniela Bianchi plays the Bondgirl Tatiana Romanova. Although Bianchi was second in the Miss Universe elections, it is more noticeable because of her beauty. Acting is rather weak and is in the shadow behind Lotte Lenya.
What I find very good is that Spectre already has a greater significance in the franchise. The mysterious man with the White Cat is also introduced here, which I find very exciting. One also notices that the predecessor Dr. No had a good result. This made it possible to spend more money on the second adventure. The storyline is varied and has more action than its well-known predecessor.
Conclusion: A well-made and coherent agent thriller, at that time, the Cold War!
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