FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)

Dir. Terence Young

The second James Bond film contained a series of impressive firsts. It was the first of the series to feature Desmond Llewelyn as Q, the first scored entirely by John Barry, the first with a title song and the first to become a huge international success. With a tautly constructed plot, a witty script and two unforgettable villains (Lotte Lenya’s Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw’s Red Grant), it’s little wonder it’s often hailed as among the best of the Bonds. It’s also the film Sean Connery has consistently called his favorite, partly because it made him an international star. He almost didn’t survive to praise the picture, for a helicopter used in a chase scene got a little too close. Director Terence Young had helicopter problems of his own when he crashed over water and almost drowned. But the results were spectacular as Bond and a Russian double agent (Daniela Bianchi) smuggle a decoding machine during a tense ride on the Orient Express.

In attendance: Bruce Feirstein.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
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