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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 May 1964 (USA)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerim Bey (as Pedro Armendariz)
Francis De Wolff ...
Vavra (as Francis de Wolff)
George Pastell ...
Nadja Regin ...
Aliza Gur ...
Zora (as Martin Beswick in opening credits)
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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)


$24,800,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The scene in which James Bond and Tatiana Romanova first meet in the hotel suite has since been used as an audition scene for potential Bond actors and Bond girls. This can be seen in the "making of" documentaries for other Bond films including Octopussy (1983). See more »


When Bond finds Kerim Bey dead, he takes his cigarette holder and leaves the train compartment. When Bond informs his son that his father is dead, he gives him the cigarette holder and wallet. He never took the wallet off his body. See more »


[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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From Russia With Love
Title song written by Lionel Bart
Sung by Matt Monro
Music Conducted by Johnnie Spence (uncredited)
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The best of the James Bond series, probably the best of the spy genre as well.
13 June 2007 | by (Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Connery came, he acted, and he conquered as James Bond in this second installment of the James Bond film franchise. With some of the most realistic fight scenes for a '60s movie and terrific story by Fleming, this film has a recipe for a masterpiece.

As mentioned in my review of "Dr. No", his charm and intellectual wit is still there, and then in some scenes in a whole lot more better than before. How he tries to commence his mission, you just couldn't fall asleep. A-grade acting by Connery here.

Then-newcomer Daniela Branchi is good as Bond Girl Tatiana, who is the wrong girl at the right time. Desmond Llewelyn, in his debut as gadget man Q, shows us an impressive array of gadgets that Bond would later find quite useful. But it is Robert Shaw, who almost steals the show as the murderous, merciless, assassin Grant, who will stop at nothing to prevent Bond and Tatiana from commencing their mission.

Crew also return here. Producers Brocolli and Saltzman and director Young have returned, with double the budget and double the thrills in return. Also, the musical score by John Barry is memorable, it really sets the tone for a realistic spy adventure.

The story is not meant to be an action picture. It is more like the adventures of a spy, with the dangers of being a spy. In short, it is a complex spy thriller, made to suit the target audience which are spy fans and intelligent viewers. I do not understand how anyone could call such a film "boring." This truly is a pinnacle of the James Bond series, one which will remain for years to come.



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