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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 27 May 1964 (USA)
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 ...
Zora (as Martin Beswick in opening credits)


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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TO THOSE UNLUCKY FEW WHO MISSED "DR. NO"...You are unprepared for the sophisticated mayhem and the polished lovemaking. The James Bond bug has not bitten you. But take heart! There is still time to jump on the Bond bandwagon with the second James Bond adventure...FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. See it and we guarantee - you will be hooked for good! [UK press ad] See more »


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Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$24,800,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pedro Armendáriz, playing the role of Kerim Bey, was terminally ill during filming. He had cancer, which he had likely contracted while filming the notorious film The Conqueror (1956) near the site of the US nuclear test site in the Utah desert. Armendáriz had accepted the role in From Russia with Love (1963) partially as a means of providing financial security for his widow, and the film's schedule was altered in order to film his scenes while he was still physically able. Towards the end of the filming of those scenes, such as the Gypsy camp battle sequence however, director Terence Young had to double for the actor in some of his long shots. One month after all his scenes were completed, Armendáriz, in emulation of his friend Ernest Hemingway, committed suicide in a hospital in Los Angeles as his cancer progressed into the advanced stages. See more »


When Bond is talking to Tatiana on the boat, their faces are both lit from the upper-right (as seen by the camera), yet they are facing each other. 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
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Performed by Matt Monro
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Great good versus evil story.
13 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sean Connery never failed to charm as James Bond.His charm,coupled with the terrific story line that you see here in from Russia With Love,makes this film second only to Goldfinger in terms of ranking all of Connery's efforts as 007.Nearly stealing the show is a fresh faced Robert Shaw as a trained assassin with his eyes zeroed in on the agent.Sadly,we also see the final performance of Pedro Armendariz,who committed suicide the year of the film's release upon learning he had terminal cancer.Even if you are not a Bond fan,this is a very well done good versus evil story that is carried out very well.If you are a Bond fan,you probably have all the films in your collection,whether they are good or bad,but if you are someone who only collects films you consider good,you'll want to consider this one.

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