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From Russia With Love (1963)
Bond Girl: Tatiana Romanova Played By: Daniela Bianchi (OK Connery)
Bond SuperVillain: Number 1 (Credited as '?') Played By: Anthony Dawson (Dr. No • Thunderball)
Bond Villain: Rosa Klebb Played By: Lotte Lenya
Villain's Goon: Donald 'Red' Grant Played By: Robert Shaw (Force 10 from Navarone • Jaws)
Genre: Action Adventure Thriller (UK)
Overview: SPECTRE, a global terrorist organization formulates a trap intended for James Bond. Bond smells that trap, but heads to Istanbul anyway, finding the prize too tempting: a Lektor cryptographic device, and of course the beautiful Tatiana Romanova defecting from Russia with it.
From Russia With Love is a surprisingly serious edition to the Bond cannon. The gadgets are believably realistic. There are no insanely evil underground nuclear bases to be uncovered. The villain, Dr. Claw, isn't some half-robot, and the assassin isn't some gimmicky caricature, like say a killer Korean Top Hat-Tosser. Sadly though, this critic found it a little on the slow side. Perhaps the lack of insane gadgetry and weird characters served as a double edged sword for my entertainment value, but with scenes that include my favourite bond girl yet, a worthy nemesis of a goon, and a helicopter chase scene - falling grenades included - it's no surprise this is considered one on the best Bonds out there.
From Russia With Love, though not yet on board for the naked dancing credits, is the first that includes a post gun-barrel, pre-credits opening segment, and a dramatic - dare I say, titillating - one it is indeed. However I was surprised at the lack of presently-known Bond film commonalities: we don't find Bond driving a fancy car, and we don't once see him order his favourite drink.
Bond Cars: Oddly enough, Bond does not drive at all, except for a crappy red truck for a moment. I'd love to know what make and model truck that was.
Bond Gadgets: Aside from containing a collapsible sniper rifle, throwing knife and bribe money, the special feature of the case what that if it was opened wrong, it would detonate a tear gas canister.
From Russia With Love is certainly a worthy addition to the Bonds we all know and love, and though not filled with explosive action, that blatant tribute to Hitchcock's North by Northwest with a swooping helicopter chase scene, well that certainly gets a nod from me.
No really! What is it about having a gun pointed at their skulls that gets these women off?
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 7 Script: 7 Plot: 8 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 76% (Well, A Whole Lot Of 'Like' At Least)
Personal bodycount: 4
Foiled Assassinations: 2
Near Misses: 1
Dames Bedded: 2
Martinis Drank: 0!