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Wet afternoon? Get pissed first!,
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This review is from: From Russia With Love [DVD] (DVD)
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 Written in 1957 it was already mildly out of date then, when trying to get someone and something out of a country you don't put them on a train!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.