From Russia with Love Ultimate Edition

Directed By: Terence Young Starring: Lotte Lenya Sean Connery

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Sean Connery returns as James Bond in this thrill-a-minute adventure featuring remarkable villains, beautiful women and exotic locales! This time, Bond squares off against the evil SPECTRE organisation in a race to seize the Soviet Lektor decoding machine, thrusting him into a thrilling boat chase, a brutal helicopter attack and a deadly brawl aboard the Orient Express.


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 208937381
UPC 883904116424
UPC 14 00883904116424
Format DVD
Release Date 10/21/2008
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Classic Fight Scenes
Cold War
James Bond
Secret Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Secret agent James Bond battles the all-enveloping tentacles of an international crime syndicate called SPECTRE. The organization's mad plan for world supremacy unfolds with the icy efficiency of a chessmaster's complex strategy, and if they succeed, the antagonism of the cold war will be pushed from deep-freeze to the supernova of atomic oblivion. But our man Bond dispatches sultry spies, madmen, and double agents with the same coolness he displays while downing martinis and making love to beautiful blondes. In this, the second of the series, Bond travels to Turkey to meet a mysterious Russian woman who claims to have fallen in love with his photograph. She offers him a secret translating device if he will join her, although he does not know that she has been put up to the task by Rosa Klebb, formerly of the KGB, who has gone to work for SPECTRE. It's Bond's assignment to get the girl and the machine back to England--and to do it, of course, in style.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on Ian Fleming's 1951 novel. The suave agent 007 is the object of an international conspiracy to humiliate the West. They use a voluptuous Russian girl to entice him into their trap. Classic fight scene between Connery and Shaw.
Total Film "...Hard and slick, it's a teasing glimpse of the series' possible future..." 09/01/2000 p.99
Uncut "[E]nduringly rousing stuff..." 08/01/2000 p.130
Terence Young
Lotte Lenya
Sean Connery
Cast & Crew
Daniela Bianchi - Star
Lotte Lenya - Star
Sean Connery - Star
Robert Shaw - Star
Pedro Armendariz - Star
Ian Fleming - Source Writer
John Barry - Composer
Terence Young - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1963
Catalog ID 111642
UPC 00883904116424
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Golden Globe (1965) John Barry, et. al. ("From Russia with Love"), Nominee, Best Song in a Motion Picture
British Academy Awards (1964) Ted Moore, Winner, Best British Cinematography (Colour)
ReviewSource Variety
Review From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum. After a slowish start, it is directed by Terence Young at zingy pace...This one has to do with Sean Connery being detailed to go to Istanbul and lift a top secret Russian decoding machine from the embassy. British Intelligence senses that this may be a trap, but getting the machine is important...Bond has a glorious slap-up fight to the death with Robert Shaw, the killer detailed to bump him off. He is hounded by a helicopter as he runs across moorland clutching the decoding machine. He beats off his pursuers in a motor boat by setting fire to the sea. He referees a fight between two jealous gypsy girls just before the encampment is invaded by the crime gang...Connery is well served by some crisp wise-cracking dialog by Richard Maibaum [in his script adapted by Johanna Harwood]. Robert Shaw is an impressive, icy, implacable killer and the late Pedro Armendariz weighs in with a formidable, yet lightly played, performance as the man who knows the sinister secrets of Istanbul...The distaff side is less well served. Newcomer Daniela Bianchi is a good looking Italian girl with shapely legs and promising smile. Lotte Lenya has been lumbered with a part that doesn't fully come off. Disguised with an Eaton Crop and heavy pebble spectacles, she stands out as somebody up to no good from the first glimpse.
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review From Russia with Love, along with its successor, Goldfinger, represents Bond at his best. Although the series has run for more than thirty years with seventeen "official" entries, it has yet to better, or even equal, what it achieved in 1963-1964 with the release of these two films. By combining solid storylines, tightly-paced action sequences, memorable villains, and Sean Connery in top form, Russia and Goldfinger mark the cinematic apex for Ian Fleming's 007...The elements of From Russia with Love move the movie closer to the recognizable "Bond formula" than was the case for its predecessor, Dr. No. Here, the action scenes are more numerous and generate added tension, the title sequence has a familiar flavor, John Barry's distinctive score replaces the workmanlike music of Monty Norman, Q makes his first appearance, and Connery tones up 007's sophistication while downplaying his cold-bloodedness...From Russia with Love is among the most tightly-plotted of all the Bond films, and, as a result, is one of the shortest. It moves briskly, blending intrigue, romance, and action into an immensely satisfying whole. Russia exudes style...Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh. This movie isn't just a fun popcorn-munching action adventure flick; it's a good motion picture by any standards.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Connery,Sean
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Channel 4 Film With a tight, witty script and unforgettable baddies, this is one of the very best entries in the series...
Fred Topel, Classic Bond. More plot heavy, but still has a great gypsy fight, train fight and helicoptor boat chase.
Neil Smith, BBC Online A thrilling espionage adventure chock full of iconic characters, set pieces and one-liners.
Paul Hidditch, ...the most thrilling and entertaining Bond adventure ever and an action film like no other.
Tom Milne, Time Out Bond number two and probably the best of the lot, with a remarkably gritty, wittily exciting plot.

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