5th Ian Fleming James Bond 007 novel (1957), 2nd EON Productions James Bond 007 film (1963).
In this curation of the movie, we talk about other movies as they relate to From Russia With Love, and lots of other insights into the scenes like:
- The Pre-title sequence is unique – and we discuss the use of masks here, and how The List of Adrian Messenger, and later Mission: Impossible TV series and movies use masks.
- President Kennedy boosts Ian Fleming book sales
- No throwbacks
- Cats in films
- Istanbul – Klebb demonstrates same-sex tendencies
- Bring on the gadgets
- Mission: Impossible versus Bond
- On location at some film sites
- AR-7 rifle specs
- Bond and Tania sex talk
- On location at the Blue Mosque
- Bosphorus River Ferry
- Fight to the death on the Orient Express
- Other movies mentioned here in relation to From Russia With Love: The 39 Steps, The Spy Who Loved Me, SPECTRE, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, North by Northwest, Quantum of Solace
- SpyMovieNavigator on location in Scotland
- SPECTRE – a job for life. . .
- Venice gondola scenes and Venice canals, Bridge of Signs, – discussion of potential meanings
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When Ian Fleming wrote From Russia With Love, the Soviet Union had not yet launched Sputnik, the first satellite ever put into space.
But by October 4th, 1957, Sputnik was successfully launched which began the official space race between the then Soviet Union and the United States – so the subject matter of the film was very much on everyone’s mind worldwide – what will happen in space, and what will tensions between the US and the Soviet Union bring to the world. Another great choice by EON Productions to produce this film in 1963.
From Russia with Love is the second EON Productions entry into the film series and it is an outstanding film. Many choose From Russia With Love as one of their favorite James Bond movies. And we have to agree – this is definitely is one of our top 5 Bond films ever made by EON Productions because of the screenplay, the cast, and just how well the story unfolds before our eyes. This is top-notch Bond! James Bond.
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- Terence Young
- Sean Connery
- Daniela Bianchi
- Robert Shaw
- Pedro Armendáriz
- Bernard Lee
- Lois Maxwell
- Istanbul, Turkey; Scotland; United Kingdom
Here is a 2 minute plus trailer to whet your appetite for the film for From Russia With Love
In the one of the most intriguing pre-title sequences, the mood is dark, the setting is dark, and we see Bond pursued by an agent (SPECTRE).
In this clip, we get a glimpse into the existence of SPECTRE and how SPECTRE works its evil plans.
Here we see the behind the scenes plan for getting the Lektor.
As Bond is called into M’s office to get the details of his assignment to Istanbul to recover the Lector, we see Q Branch, the quartermaster (Boothroyd), for the first time, played by Desmond Llewelyn.
Bond lands in Istanbul – After leaving M’s office, knowing that he is Istanbul-bound, he signs the photograph that M wants back and gives it to Miss Moneypenny with the inscription, “With Love” to which Bond adds above it, “From Russia!”
Notice Moneypenny’s face – looking longingly at Bond. All the Connery movies have this playful […]
Bond heads to Istanbul to meet Karin Bey the MI6 agent in Instanbul, and to talk about meeting Tatiana Romanov
Bey uses the gypsies for information. This has caused tension with the rival gypsy groups.
Here Bond and Bey take care of Krilencu so there is no other chance Krilencu will get Bey.
When Bond gets a new suite at the hotel because of the bugged suite, he returns to it to find Tatiana Romanov in his bed.
Tania obviously got the plan of the consulate and will leave it at the Aya Sofia as Bond had suggested.
In this scene, ferry boat encounter, we see the relationship building between Bond and Tatiana, and learn of the specifics of the Lektor decoding machine.
The Lektor is the reason Bond is in Istanbul, and here he receives clearance from M to proceed with the mission.
One of the greatest train fights in all cinema, this one is brutal, painful, and dangerous.
In what will become a staple item in future spy movie films, this helicopter chase scene sets the stage for the rest of From Russia With Love, and for many spy movies to come.
We know very little about SPECTRE at this point, but this scene highlights how brutal and unforgiving SPECTRE is, and we get a glimpse of # 1, albeit from shoulders down, as he is stroking a white cat, as we flashback to the cat that walked by Tania as she was on her way to meet Kleb for the first time.
Just when you think it’s safe . . .Kleb shows up once again, in Venice, as Bond and Tania are reasdy to depart.
The boat scene in Venice, when Tania and Bond are now relaxing with the mission complete, the establishing shots are of the Doge Place, the Bridge of Sighs, the Venice canals.