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Bond is back and on the loose in exotic Istanbul looking for a super-secret coding machine. He's involved with a beautiful Russian spy and has the SPECTRE organization after him, including villainess Rosa Klebb (she of the killer shoe). Lots of exciting escapes but not an overreliance on the gadgetry of the later films. The second Bond feature, thought by many to be the best.

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Available on Running time 125 minutes. Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Istanbul, not Constantinople, Cold War Spies, Top Grossing Films of 1964, Assassination, Trains, James Bond, Books to Film: Ian Fleming
Johanna Harwood, Richard Maibaum
Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Nadja Regin, Alizia Gur, Martine Beswick, Leila
Ted Moore
Terence Young
John Barry
Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli, United Artists

Visitor Reviews

From Russia with Love
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Vad Allen

WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS – WE RECOMMEND TO WATCH MOVIE FIRST! VERDICT: A good spy-drama with excellent cast in a tradition of “Dr. No”, though for some it might seem a bit slow. It’s quite realistic, but not without fun elements (such as the periscope secretly installed in the Russian Consulate). Bond is a true spy, and beginning with this movie Connery charm is in a full swing. At the same time the story itself holds too much weight: if one watches the movie once – it might be enough. COOL STUFF: - 1st time in a series: pre-title sequence (and the spooky one, too) - 1st time in a series: titles by Maurice Binder - Bond-Connery establishes himself as great in a fistfight - All girls are hot - Great supporting cast: Kerim-Bey, Klebb - A chess grossmeister – an evil mastermind: neat idea - Chess match: remake of the real one - Periscope in the basement of Russian Consulate: funny - Gypsy belly-dance - “Cat-fight” of beauty queens: always works for a male audience - Killing weapon: Colonel Klebb boots with poisoned blades - Exotic views: Istanbul, Bosphorus, Venice, gypsies camp NOT COOL: - You don’t see real Bond for 20 min. into the movie: too long - Blofeld is not personalized: wrong move corrected in later movies - Henchman Grant: intimidating but not charismatic enough - The only gadget: attaché-case (though it saves life) - Plot goof: “Lektor” decoder being so important is too easy to steal - Tanya’s “love or duty” struggling could be shown better - Everything looks too old: guns, trucks, “SMERSH”, etc.