From Russia with Love (1963) / Thriller-Romance

MPAA Rated: PG for violence and sexuality
Running Time: 115 min.

Cast: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Bernard Lee
Director: Terence Young

Screenplay: Richard Maibaum



Many loyal James Bond fans argue that From Russia with Love is simply put, the best Bond of them all.  There was a time when I agreed with their sentiments, but nowadays, I have grown even more fond of Bond's next adventure, Goldfinger.  It is nice to see Bond at his least gimmicky, with a romantic interest that wasn't just an eye-candy throwaway, and villains that aren't too outlandish to believe.  In short, this is Bond at its most subtle, and those who read Ian Fleming's work will tell yo

2004 Vince Leo