From Russia with Love (1963) – Review

4 Stars

The second James Bond adventure is among the more hard edged of all the Bond films pre-Timothy Dalton. Sean Connery is as beguiling as ever in the infamous lead role as agent 007. This time matching up with an Arian henchman menacingly played by the late Robert Shaw. The story is also a cut above some of the later funner (yet overcooked) pictures in the fifty year old franchise. In this outing Bond has found himself on the hit list of a Russian agent also seeking control of a coding machine.

This is the highlight of the Connery era in this reviewers opinion. Great action aplenty in exotic location such as Venice an Istanbul serve as the backdrop to this exciting caper. Look for an especially brutal battle between Connery and Shaw in the cramped confines of a train compartment. The tongue-in-check humor that has made the series so appealing is present in heavy doses. Ranks amongst the very best of the James Bond films.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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