We call this clip Truck vs. Helicopter. This helicopter chase scene sets the stage for the rest of From Russia With Love. And, we will see this in many spy movies to come. Helicopter chases are now a staple item in spy movie. The first helicopter searching for a “spy” is in The 39 Steps from 1935, a Hitchcock produced movie.
It appears only for a few seconds, but it is the beginning of the use of this vehicle in pursuits throughout dozens of movies, and spy films for sure. Many Bond movies, Mission: Impossible movies and more of the best of the rest use helicopters in chases. Check The Spy Who Loved Me, SPECTRE, M:I Fallout and others.
Of course, this scene is inspired by the airplane chase scene in the 1959 Hitchcock movie, North By Northwest.
Q Gadgets and Scotland
This scene again shows how in tune Q is in what gadgets Bond might need for a mission, as his smart looking piece of luggage with the AR-7 comes in very handy once again. Bond shoots one of the henchmen just as he is about to drop a grenade. Instead, getting shot, he drops the grenade in the helicopter and it blows up.
SpyMovieNavigator took a trip to Scotland looking for Bond locations. While there, we tried to find the rock that Bond was hiding under when he shot down the helicopter and we could not find it! We were close to the location and should have been able to find it, but we could not.
SpyMovieNavigator did find the pier that Bond drives the truck onto, when he and Tania escape by boat, only to be chased by SPECTRE boats. This was supposed to be in Istanbul, but was actually shot in Scotland! See our related videos and podcasts. This Truck vs. Helicopter is a future scene in a lot of spy movies!