Less coherently plotted then Dr No with certain repetitive tropes and motifs taking seed here - for better or worse - with the technical aspects of music and art direction starting to catch the eye over the occasionally muddled and over-padded story. However the travelogue backdrops are attractively utilised, and as fusty comic-book it has sufficient wham and pow to divert. The title sequence is novely effective.
Pretty close to being the DEFINITIVE Bond movie that every film should aspire to. The story is realistic and an atmospheric adventure through the Cold War paranoia. Daniela Bianchi is gorgeous with that black necktie and we got introduced to terror group SPECTRE for the first time. A memorable fist-fight to the death on the Orient Express too and the first of many intros where 007 seemingly is killed.
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 favorite Bond film. Has all the "Bond" elements before they became cliche, and the freshness shows (as does Bond's misogyny, but that's another matter). Bond is more of a detective spy, neither relying on Q's techo-gadgets (he doesn't even show up in this one) or his libido-driven gentleman suaveness. A perfect mix of adventure, drama and action.
Better than Dr No, but again, not very well thought out. The story itself doesn't follow on from the previous film well. Terrible villains, although I did like how Number 1 is never shown. Connery is also quite a good Bond. A good mix between fun, laid-back and serious.
One of the most faithful adaptations of the original novels, it remains one of my favourite Bonds largely due to the atmospheric Istanbul Cold War setup. Shaw and Lenya are great villains and the overall premise is slightly less fantastical than the other films, resulting in a greater reliance on character and dramatic tension - at times quite Hitchcockian - instead of resorting to spectacle alone.
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).*
I've watched From Russia With Love loads of times and for the life of me can't see how so many rate this one of the best ever Bond films. Plodding terribly in parts, it's propped up by Robert Shaw's hulking presence and another cocksure Sean Connery performance. The fight on the train is arguably the best of its kind of all time.