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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond movie, from the golden era
The second in the Bond movie canon, and a satisfying balance is achieved in this, Sean Connery's favourite of the series. The plot is satisfyingly spy-like, with decoding machines, double crosses and foreign venues...
Cold war politics are not emphasised here, but instead Spectre, a fictional terrorist and extortion organisation, is invented for 1960 political...
Published on 24 July 2007 by Mr. Stephen Kennedy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Shows its age.
Hard to see why we got so excited about James Bond back in the sixties. This has not aged well.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Ashton


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5.0 out of 5 stars He loves it, 9 Aug 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most underated Bond film, 11 Nov 2000
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This film has arguably the most chilling villains in Rosa Klebb (poisened dart on shoe) and Red Grant(SPECTRE) to been seen in any of the Bond Films. Eastern European locations such as Istanbul, Venice, Zagreb and a Gypsy camp plus a well taut storyline make this Bond film perhaps the most serious adaption of any of the novels. Look out for a serious Connery, the Bond girl Tatiana and the very evil Klebb. Don't let the lack of gadgets and special effects put you off this film.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 15 July 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This 1963 Bond movie is one of the best ever made. Sean Connery is at his most charismatic in this movie. He is supported wonderfully by Robert Shaw as the hitman 'Red' Grant. Unlike a lot of Bond movies this one does not have a meglomaniac trying to take over the world, its really its just an old-fashioned espionage movie. So there aren't obviously any huge sets, which became the standard for all Bond films for a while.

Audiences used to modern action movies may find the pace a little slow, but that is a failing of modern movies not with this movie. You don't need a spectacular stunt or explosion to make a good film. However, it has its share of classic scenes including the girls fighting at the Gypsy Camp, the fight on the train and the classic opening sequences with Robert Shaw.

This is a James Bond before huge elborate sets, special cars and extravagant budgets, and its all the better for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the standard to come, 19 May 2009
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As if Dr No wasn't good enough, Bond returns to London on a more topical note with his outing 'From Russia With Love', which I'll always argue is not only the most interesting Bond film of the series, but also the most influential for latter films.

Because the films were not produced in the order of the Books (contrary to popular belief), it would make more sense for F.R.W.L to be the first Bond outing on film, given as 'M' suggests himself that he (Bond) isn't really required for the case, given it's less active nature. However, this may be the catalyst for what is the best representation of Bond, the Spy, in the entire series of film.

Ian Flemmings day's at the MoD seep right through this story, even down to Bond's clever briefcase that eventually spares his life in the second half the film. The plot is satisfyingly simple; no-one is trying to take over the world, and the gadgets are kept to the minimum. Being in the second-decade of the 'cold war', it's Bond's job to recover a decoding machine from Russia after a tip off of it's location. However, SPECTRE are behind the trap as to lure Bond and the machine into their own hands.. For Blowfelt, it's also vengance for the late Dr No who was boiled alive in radioactive water (previous film).

Their are few action scenes in this film, but the excellent dialogue and progression of scenes makes this a highly enjoyable outing that's totally believable. For probably the only outing in the series, F.R.W.L actually looks and feel's like a real cat and mouse game, as the Spy not only keeps running away, but has a considerable amount of charm that was only matched in Thunderball.

What's painfully obvious is the amount of scenes that have been used again over the years in Bond films too; particularly the Roger Moore era, and they've all come from this film. The train fight at night and the boat chase are two examples of scenes that set have been re-formed some 15 years later; such as Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man With The Golden Gun, and more.

Another interesting element is the soundtrack and mixing down, which is a lot more ambitious and forced than other titles, because theirs more progression to the film. Note how many of the same songs are repeatedly just faded in to try to add dramatic effect to certain scenes when it's actually unnecessary; interestingly in the scene where Bond check's over his first Hotel room thats bugged. It was only in latter titles, such as Thunderball, were the orchestra conducted a wider range of material for the events in the film. The title song by Matt Monro is lovely, yet again interestingly it was kept to the end of the film rather than the start.

Like any of other film recorded pre-High Definition era, I would further advise potential buyers not to be led into buying old films like this on Blu-Ray DVD thinking that it will look outstanding. What people forget is that it's not possible to take Standard Definition film and magically turn it into High Definition by 'adding' more lines... The image may appear sharper, but that's about all, and it's a shame reputable companies are marketing these products as literally jumping out of your T.V.

In summary, F.R.W.L may not be as technically astounding as any of it's brothers, but this is basically it's charm. Although I love the mysterious nature of Dr No, this film puts more focus on the topic and characters, making it incredibly engaging.

If you like gags, watch the scene were Bond is hiding under the rock from the helicopter. When he fires the sniper rifle, his hat is on. When it cuts back to him a second later, it's gone!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 27 Oct 2014
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Excellent, arrived on time and as advertised - good viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 July 2014
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show my dear bond., 13 July 2000
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Bond is back! Sean connery swings back into action as his second outing as 007,a good film but not a hit ''From russia with love'' brings out the more dangerous side of the worlds greatest secret agent and gives audiences a more shocking view,with a sinister villian ''robert red grant'' who is greatly played by robert shaw and a nice selection of 'Q' gadgetry and some depth taking moments, from russia with love is a treat to watch,i give this film 3 stars.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars James Bond, 15 Mar 2014
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A good Sean Connery Bond film as usual but not bought for my use also watched it and it was quite enjoyable although seen it many times
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Oct 2014
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excellent
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wet afternoon? Get pissed first!, 1 Nov 2013
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At just under 2 hours FRWL is long for a 'spy romp'. The story got traction when JFK (that's your ex president oh Americans) named it as one of his 'top 10 reads'. Written in 1957 it was already mildly out of date then, when trying to get someone and something out of a country you don't put them on a train! You put it in the 'diplomatic bag' - got it?

Give this to Terence Young (the Director), as a follow up to 'Dr. No' with a young Sean Connery, hire a couple of young beauty queens and a sound stage at Pinewood; oh, I nearly forgot, Lotte Lenya, (aging squeeze from German lefty playwright Kurt Weil) a Mexican called Pedro playing a Turk, shake them up in a cutting room with a really clever Editor (hey it's England, we're good at that!) and bingo, for its time (1963), you get an amusing little filum. Never mind that the only thing that stands up is James' erection (locomotive wheels churning = the stars having sex on a train) and that not for long! Wet Sunday afternoon? Get two mates, and the beers - as they probably don't say in New York any more - 'Enjoy!'

The documentary about the production is even better! Watch it first.
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