From Russia With Love (PG)

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Action and adventure

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Apr 21 2009

Despite being recognised as one of the better 007 films (and one laudably devoid of what would later become the formulaic Bond ending), number two in the series actually proves marginally less memorable than many of the others. Maybe we’ve become too accustomed to the big finales, the fast cars, the gadgets, the striking locations and the caricature villains – the very tics that have defined every Bond film over the years. For this fan, the most evocative moment turns out to be Matt Monroe’s honeyed larynx over the closing-credits sequence. The elaborate spy-caper story boils down to Connery’s MI6 agent getting embroiled in an Istanbul-set plot to steal a decoding device from the Russians. Lotte Lenya’s leery lesbian, Robert Shaw’s Aryan-esque assassin and Daniela Bianchi’s ditzy double agent are gratifying side shows but the film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me.
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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Apr 24, 2009

Duration:

116 mins

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Taylor S

Finally, someone had the balls to say it. Bond movies shouldn't be second-rate North by Northwest rip-offs.

E A Dobson

I would indeed like to shoot Derek Adams,as this is the only Bond film i would ever care to watch again! Its got the greatest Bond pre credits sequence,the greatest fight scene(as Technoguy pointed out),Robert Shaw & a genuinely solid supporting cast(i didn`t find anything ditzy about Daniela Bianchi! She was great!). If you only get time to watch one Bond movie in your lifetime,ignore DA`s review & make it From Russia With Love!!!

E A Dobson

I would indeed like to shoot Derek Adams,as this is the only Bond film i would ever care to watch again! Its got the greatest Bond pre credits sequence,the greatest fight scene(as Technoguy pointed out),Robert Shaw & a genuinely solid supporting cast(i didn`t find anything ditzy about Daniela Bianchi! She was great!). If you only get time to watch one Bond movie in your lifetime,ignore DA`s review & make it From Russia With Love!!!

Marsellus

This is by far the best Bond film. Connery is at his best, the film is not swamped in bad SFX and the storyline is refreshingly credible. While I like the campy Roger Moore films and the more modern action-packed films, nothing beats From Russia With Love. It is cool. The Time Out reviewer is a muppet!

Marsellus

This is by far the best Bond film. Connery is at his best, the film is not swamped in bad SFX and the storyline is refreshingly credible. While I like the campy Roger Moore films and the more modern action-packed films, nothing beats From Russia With Love. It is cool. The Time Out reviewer is a muppet!

Technoguy

The best ever Bond film.The greatest fight scene ever with Shaw's blond assassin on the train.The Russian Kleb with the knife in her shoe.The scenes in Turkey and Venice.Connery at his peak.The series should have ended when Connery left.The heroine was a real woman and was so charming.

Technoguy

The best ever Bond film.The greatest fight scene ever with Shaw's blond assassin on the train.The Russian Kleb with the knife in her shoe.The scenes in Turkey and Venice.Connery at his peak.The series should have ended when Connery left.The heroine was a real woman and was so charming.