Today’s Bond movie is From Russia With Love. Here is Luke of Oracle of Film for the first of four reviews.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
I think it’s a very lovely mouth. It’s just the right size – for me anyway!
Number of Times Seen: 4
Brief Synopsis: After defeating Dr. No, Bond unwittingly gets lured into a scheme devised by SPECTRE to get rid of the spy once and for all.
My Take on It: From Russia With Love is widely regarded as one of the best Bond films out there and it is hard to disagree with that statement.
We could argue that Dr. No was a slow movie, but as soon as From Russia With Love hits the halfway point, we are treated to non-stop action. Bond completes his mission, gets the Lector device and convinces a Russian spy to come with him, but he needs to get back across enemy lines. The second half of the movie is that journey and everything is thrown at 007. We get a helicopter battle, a poison-knife concealed in a shoe and Robert Shaw’s Red Grant, one of the finest henchmen to ever enter a Bond movie.
The movie is paced excellently and it is all grounded by Sean Connery, the ever-cool secret agent. It is impossible not to get swept away by his charm and elegance. Sadly, this time around the Bond girl isn’t a strong enough actress to get much chemistry across, but the moment the guns start firing that stops becoming a problem. This is James Bond at his best.
Bottom Line: One of the better outings with James Bond, the second half of this movie an adrenaline-pumping ride to the closing credits.