50th Anniversary! FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
June 1, 2013
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) dir Terence Young w/Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell [115 min]
Dr. No might have been the screen debut for James Bond, but it wasn’t until his second time that he really hit his stride. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is, arguably, the best of the Bond films having overcome some of the first film’s clunkiness and not yet established the post-Goldfinger formulaic-ness. In RUSSIA, Bond is drawn into an assassination plot that is actually a setup by the evil superspy organization SPECTRE and finds himself paired with a naïve but beautiful KGB agent.