James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. –IMDb
Stewart Terence Herbert Young (20 June 1915 – 7 September 1994) was a British film director best known for directing three films in the James Bond series, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965).
Born in Shanghai, China, he was public-school educated. Like the fictional James Bond, he read oriental history at St Catharine’s College in the University of Cambridge. As a tank commander during World War II, Young participated in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Young began his film career as a screenwriter in British films of the 1940s, working, for example, on Dangerous Moonlight (1941). In 1946, he was a co-director with Brian Desmond Hurst of Theirs is the Glory, which recaptured the fighting around Arnhem bridge. Arnhem, coincidentally, was home to the adolescent Audrey Hepburn. During the filming of Young’s film, Wait Until Dark, Hepburn and Young would joke that he was shelling his favorite star without even knowing it. Young’s… read more
My first (and best) exposure to the spy genre came in the form of McGoohan’s *Prisoner* and Caine’s *Ipcress*, examples that pushed either toward weird experimentalism or some attempt at grit and ‘realism’. As I slowly work my way through Bond, then, I find a fair amount of meh-ing and eye-rolling going on. Having said that, *FRwL* is, I think, a consistently strong example of what the Bond movies achieve when they
hew most closely to Fleming’s original stories (and less closely to Connery’s sex charisma and the cult of the insufferable pun). The series of carefully cut vignettes that open the film (including the strangling of a Bond stand-in) set an effective rhythm for the rest of the film; the character of Kerim Bay, with his endless army of sons and secret *Third Man*-like passages under the city, is a surprisingly fleshed-out and human supporting character for the film. (And *The Third Man* is a good touchstone here; the Bond film isn’t in the same league at all, but the echoes still ring throughout.) Also the extremely slow build to the climactic fight between Bond and the SMERSH master assassin. The tension that builds allowing the audience to watch the assassin shadow Bond for three-fourths of the movie before they even meet … There are still problems, many of them ported in from the novel itself: the story being shot through with the expected sexism for instance (the filmmakers are sure to include the gypsy girl catfight from the original novel, though censors no doubt nixed their ability to have them fight topless as they did in the book).
Sean Connery was never better as 007 than he was in this one, which also stands out as one of the finest films of its type ever made. Much more confidently made, played, and paced than 'Dr. No', this is really where the series starts in my eyes. Improves upon just about everything from its predecessor (which in itself is a solid pic).
British action director, and real-life Bond, Terence Young (“Dr. No” & “The Red Beret”) returns under the auspices of producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli to solidify all the elements of… read review