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From Russia with Love

August 30, 2010

From Russia With Love (1963)
Director: Terence Young
Actors: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Robert Shaw

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Synopsis: James Bond (Sean Connery) willingly enters into a ploy by SPECTRE – under the front of the KGB – to acquire a special encryption device.

Review: This is undoubtedly one of the best additions to the Bond pantheon (unsurprising given that Sean Connery and the Sixties seem to be the common denominators in that category). From Russia With Love is served well by a straightforward yet gripping scenario, and it also contains two of the best and most plausible villains in the entire series: Red Grant and the iconic Rosa Klebb. In fact, the whole atmosphere of tangible threat and danger – not just to Bond directly, but conveyed subliminally in the espionage world as a whole – is what gives this movie its sense of drama, something that was completely lacking by the time the franchise had gone down the panto route in the Seventies and Eighties. (October 2006)

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