One of my absolute favorite Bond films also has the feel of a Hitchcock film. Connery continues with the badass as he grows into the character and this is where we start to get the crazy gadgets that would become a staple in the franchise's history.
Incredible how far the series came in just one film. More confident to go in its own direction with an improved budget and the success of "Dr. No" secure, "From Russia with Love" feels less like a campy late noir and more like a cracking, pacey, truly unique cold war thriller that would come to define the James Bond film. Always an exciting watch.
The film that would define Bond, there is more Hitchcockian espionage in this one, which seems to be what Terence Young was good at offering, before Guy Hamilton brought more of a fantastical element to the series. This one isn't action packed, but it's intriguing and exciting to watch Sean Connery in his prime playing his greatest role.
The best Bond film ever. Dr. No might have started it but it's From Russia With Love is the gold standard that set the model for the rest to follow. My love for James Bond growing up translated to my love of cinema. This was the first Bond film I ever saw and few can compare. Connery will always be considered the best Bond Robert Shaw is fantastic as the first truly great villain of the series. An awesome movie.
My reaction to every scene in this film can be summed up by the side-eye emoji. It was everything: racist, orientalist, misogynistic, cliche ... But, from my experience with James Bond films, if you ignore all of these flaws as well as the mediocre acting, they can be quite entertaining?
7.5/10. Visually lavish (Istanbul, Venice, etc.) and stylish. Phenomenal title design. Epic narrative canvas, loveable lead actress. Some scenes and props must've been inspired by "North by Northwest". In fact, the train scenes were more suspenseful and thrilling than anything I tend to associate with Bond movies. Too bad about the idiotic action towards the end (boat chase, thugs' ludicrous shooting inabilities).*