Fan Verdict - From Russia With Love
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is selected for review, rating and discussion by the largest
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Fans rated the following elements of the
movie on a 1-10 scale (10 being best): Bond,
Gadgets, Music and 'Tilt' - a rating to account for any qualities
not captured in the main categories.
Also up for discussion were the 'best
bits' of the movie, including: most 'Bondian' moment,
best action sequence,
best Bond girl and
best overall performance.
From Russia With Love overall
Above: Cover art for the "From
Russia With Love" score,
composed by John Barry...
Most 'Bondian' Moment
Winner: James Bond puts his tradecraft to work when he
effortlessly sweeps his hotel room for bugs
Honourable mentions: Meeting Tatiana on the ferry, the shooting
of Krilencu coming out of Anita Ekberg's mouth.
Winner: An exasperated M and Moneypenny listen to the tape of Bond and Tatiana's
Honourable mention: Stealing the Lektor: "Russian clocks are always
Winner: "The first one won't kill you; not the second, not even the third...
not till you crawl over here and you kiss my foot!"
Honourable mentions: "Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating
Honourable mentions: Orient Express
Best Action Sequence
Winner: James Bond and Donald 'Red' Grant fight to the death
in his claustrophobic train compartment.
Honourable mentions: The gipsy fight and ensuing gun battle.
Best Bond Girl
Best Overall Performance
Winner: Robert Shaw as Donald 'Red' Grant.
What The Fans Said
Below are selected quotes from reviews by Keeping The British
End Up members. Click here to
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"This was a worthy sequel to “Dr.
Connery still plays Bond brilliantly, Tatiana is another quality
Bond girl, Kerim Bey was a memorable ally, and SPECTRE proves
to be cold and diabolical, once again." -- Mr Brown
"There are many moments in this film where there
are several ‘Bondian’ scenes in a row, for example,
the gypsy scenes, followed by the assassination of Krilencu,
followed by Bond and Tatiana’s first meeting. It’s
just one Bondian scene after another. " -- FieldsMan
"Remarked by Connery himself as high on intrigue
and light on technology and gadgetry, From Russia is perhaps
the greatest Bond film in the series.
Though many would disagree and opt instead for follow up film
Goldfinger, it is arguably with the second Bond adventure that
plot and characterisation gel so effectively." -- JamesC
"Elegant, urbane and polished. The edgy Bond
from Dr No has gone. This man oozes self belief and dangerous
cool." -- NicNac
"Connery simply hits this one out of the park.
His debut was highly impressive, his follow up is nothing short
of brilliant. He's more self assured in the role, his confidence
and coolness light up the screen." -- Benny
"Bond would never have a more special ally than
Kerim Bey. Their friendship was a joy to watch, and the onscreen
chemistry between Sean and Pedro Armendariz undeniable." -- Sir
Henry Lee Ch-Ching
"From Russia With Love is probably
as a collective, the most serious, most mature and most entertaining
that sows the seeds from which the media culture has plucked,
utilised, exploited and spoofed to no end. " -- double o ego
"With the larger budget, the producers certainly
set out to create something good to support Fleming’s masterpiece.
And all taken into account, From Russia With Love should be known
for what it is; a timeless thriller and a milestone of the Bond
series." -- 007calbrit
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