Monday, 8 October 2012

From Russia with Love Review (Updated)

From Russia with Love

Release Date: 1963 - Australia

Production Companies
Eon Productions

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $2,000,000

Box Office Gross: $78.9,000,000

Plot Summary
James Bond squares off 
against the evil SPECTRE 
organisation in a pulse-
pounding race to seize the 
Soviet Lektor decoding 
machine. His mission 
thrusts him into a thrilling 
boat chase, a brutal 
helicopter attack and a 
deadly brawl aboard the 
Orient Express, proving 
once again that Agent 007 
can't be stopped!

Sean Connery - James Bond
Daniela Bianchi - Tatiana Romanova
Pedro Armendariz - Ali Kerim Bey
Lotte Lenya - Rosa Klebb
Robert Shaw - Red Grant
Bernard Lee - M
Walter Gotell - Morzeny
Vladek Sheybal - Kronsteen
Anthony Dawson - Ernest Stavro
Blofield (Body) (Uncredited)
Eric Pohlmann - Ernest Stavro
Blofield (Voice) (Uncredited)
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn - Major Boothroyd
Eunice Gayson - Sylvia Trench
Francis de Wolff - Vavra
Aliza Gur - Vida
Martine Beswick - Zora
Fred Haggerty - Krilencu
Desmond Llewelyn - Major Boothroyd

Director - Terence Young
Based on Novel "From Russia
with Love" - Ian Fleming
Adaptation - Joanna Harwood
Screenplay - Richard Maibaum
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli
& Harry Saltzman
Art Director - Syd Cain
Director of Photography - Ted Moore
Stunt Work Arranger - Peter Perkins
Special Effects - John Stears
Film Editor - Peter R. Hunt
Titles Designer - Robert Brownjohn
Composer: James Bond Theme -
Monty Norman
Music - John Barry

Genuine Bond film, but not the best. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE manages to bring something that the first film didn't have which are the neat gadgets as well as the kind of the action that is part of the Bond cliche. The movie had great details like the late Robert Shaw's performance as the cunning blond-haired assassin Red Grant. Desmond Llewelyn's introduction as the gadget-master Q and a few impressive scenes.

I know that many people have considered FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE to be the best instalment of the series. I think that GOLDFINGER (click here) is the one that really deserves it and I prefer this film over the second entry. That movie in my opinion is probably not bad at all but significantly great.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. This is probably my third favorite Bond movie after Goldfinger and Casino Royal (2006). Great review, From Russia With Love really took a big step forward in quality compared to Dr. No.