From Russia With Love


1h 50m 1964
From Russia With Love

Brief Synopsis

James Bond searches Istanbul for a stolen Russian decoding.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Spy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Apr 1964
Production Company
Danjaq, S. A.; Eon Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
Great Britain and United States
Location
Istanbul, Turkey; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming (London, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.66 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Synopsis

SPECTRE, an international crime syndicate, devises a plot to discredit and kill British Secret Service Agent James Bond. Rosa Klebb, former head of the Russian secret service organization, has defected to SPECTRE, but her defection is known only to a few top men in the Soviet government. As one of the masterminds of the plot, Rosa goes to Istanbul and contacts Tatiana Romanova, a beautiful cipher clerk in the Russian embassy. She orders Tatiana to offer to help the British steal the Lektor, a valuable Russian coding machine, if James Bond will help her defect to the West. Meanwhile, a SPECTRE agent is in Istanbul with instructions to murder Bond. Russian agents are following him, too, but with the aid of Kerim Bey, a wily Turk whom he contacts upon arriving in Istanbul, Bond manages to foil several attempts on his life. Bond and Tatiana, working on plans to steal the Lektor, escape from Istanbul on the Orient Express headed for the West. SPECTRE agent Red Grant and Russian agent Benz are also on board the train and independently plan to kill Bond and steal the Lektor. Both Kerim Bey and Benz are killed; and Grant, overhearing Bond's request for another British agent to help him, meets the designated man at the next stop, kills him, and takes his place. Grant drugs Tatiana and overpowers Bond, but Bond triumphs when an attaché case explodes, enabling the two to leave the train. Bond then forces a pursuing SPECTRE helicopter to crash and sets the sea on fire to escape from oncoming powerboats. The two arrive in the apparent safety of Venice, but Rosa Klebb enters Bond's hotel room disguised as a maid and tries to kill him with a poisonous switchblade concealed in the toe of her shoe. Tatiana, by now in love with Bond, shoots Rosa, and the Lektor is safely sent to England. Bond remains in Venice with Tatiana.

Photo Collections

From Russia with Love - Movie Poster
Here is a country-of-origin British Quad movie poster for From Russia with Love (1963), starring Sean Connery in the 2nd James Bond film.

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Movie Clip

From Russsia With Love (1964) -- Things Are Shaping Up Nicely With his notably competent colleague, MI-6 Istanbul station chief Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz), who is irritated after his office was bombed, James Bond (Sean Connery) enters the (actual!) Basilica Cistern to eavesdrop on the Russian neighbors, noticing Krilencu (Fred Haggerty), in the second 007 feature, From Russia With Love, 1964.
From Russsia With Love (1964) -- Theme, Kronsteen Only the second iteration of the James Bond theme, with the memorable belly-dancer titles, leading to Venice, a fictional chess tournament but the game based on a real Soviet championship match, with SPECTRE man Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal) coming out on top, in From Russia With Love, 1964, starring Sean Connery.
From Russia With Love (1964) - Grant, That's Excellent Opening of the second James Bond feature From Russia With Love, 1964, and the first pre-credit action sequence, featuring 007 (Sean Connery) being stalked by Spectre agent Grant (Robert Shaw), sort of.
From Russia With Love (1964) - My Friends Call Me Tania 007 (Sean Connery) orders room service then comes upon Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi), the infatuated Russian cypher clerk, for the first time in the second James Bond feature From Russia With Love, 1964.
From Russia With Love (1964) - Siamese Fighting Fish Anthony Dawson (as "Number One," here, later "Blofeld") briefs Spectre agents Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) and Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal) with metaphor in the second James Bond film, From Russia With Love, 1964.
From Russia With Love (1964) - Girls Do Fall In Love "M" (Bernard Lee), Boothroyd (Desmond Llewelyn, later known as "Q") and Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) appear as Bond (Sean Connery) is briefed for his mission in From Russia With Love, 1964.

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Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Spy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Apr 1964
Production Company
Danjaq, S. A.; Eon Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
Great Britain and United States
Location
Istanbul, Turkey; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming (London, 1957).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1, 1.66 : 1, 1.85 : 1

Articles

From Russia With Love


From Russia with Love (1963), the second entry in the internationally popular James Bond series, is often considered one of the best. Although the character of weapons expert Q was introduced here (but called Boothroyd), and a crucial moment hinges on an exploding briefcase he devises for 007, much of the action still centers on Bond's strength, skill and cunning, rather than the gadget-heavy plots of future films in the series. It also set the formula for all Bond films to follow: the pre-credit action sequence, the hit title song, the first appearance of arch-enemy Blofeld (here just called "Number One") with his trademark white cat, a distinctive John Barry score, and even more exotic locations - and beautiful women - than the first time out.

From Russia with Love also has what many consider to be one of the sharpest scripts, filled with Bond's characteristically barbed one-liners, and a clever story centered around a plot by the renegade evil SPECTRE organization to pit the Soviets and the West against each other. In the process, they plan to lure Bond to his death with the promise of obtaining a top-secret decoding machine and bedding an alluring Russian agent.

The Ian Fleming novel on which this is based was chosen for the second Bond film largely on the basis of a fortuitous PR boost. According to an article in Life magazine, President John F. Kennedy named From Russia with Love as one of his ten favorite books of all time. That and the huge success of the first film, Dr. No (1962), convinced producers Harry Saltzman and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli to double the budget over the earlier picture to $2 million. Some of that, of course, went to new star Sean Connery, who understandably wanted some monetary compensation for his indelible contribution to the Bond mystique. The money also went into sumptuous scenes and spectacular action sequences filmed in Venice, Madrid, Scotland, Wales, various spots in England, and Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, in addition to work in London's Pinewood Studios.

The story underwent a few changes, however, for the movie version of From Russia with Love. In Fleming's original, the Soviets were the nemesis, but screenwriter Richard Maibaum was instructed to avoid such sensitive Cold War politics (not long after the Cuban Missile Crisis) and make the enemy the fictional SPECTRE once again, albeit with rogue Russians working for them and against their own state.

Several actresses were considered and tested for the part of Tatiana, the beautiful Russian who unwittingly becomes a pawn in the plot against Bond, until the producers settled on Italian Daniela Bianchi, a runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant. Bianchi had the right appeal and definite chemistry with her leading man, but her accent was so thick that once again the filmmakers were forced to dub her lines, as they had done with Ursula Andress in Dr. No.

Better-known performers were cast as the unforgettable villains. German stage star Lotte Lenya, best known for roles in plays created by her husband, composer Kurt Weill, was vicious as Rosa Klebb, who wields a lethal blade concealed in her shoe. Classically trained stage actor Robert Shaw, whom audiences will recognize from The Sting (1973) and Jaws (1975), had to undergo extensive physical training-and a hair-dye job-for the role of master assassin Grant.

On the friendlier side of the scale, the part of the Turkish agent who helps Bond, Kerim Bey, was played by Latino actor Pedro Armendariz, despite his suffering from a fatal illness. Armendariz hoped to complete this one last role to leave some money to his family. Director Terence Young rearranged the shooting schedule to get all of Kerim Bey's scenes done in one two-week segment, with the intention of playing the part himself in reverse shots done over the character's shoulder. When shooting of Armendariz's segments was done in May 1963, Young threw a going-away party for the actor. Armendariz and Fleming, himself seriously ill, had hit it off on first meeting and spent much of the party discussing Armendariz's friend Ernest Hemingway, who had committed suicide not long before rather than face a lengthy terminal illness. A month later in Los Angeles, Armendariz took a pistol from under his pillow and shot himself. Fleming died just over a year later.

The From Russia with Love production had its share of technical and budgetary challenges. Producer Cubby Broccoli caused a seven-day shooting delay when he decided the wind was blowing the wrong way for the speedboat chase sequence and insisted on waiting until the direction changed. Another problem was posed by an English law forbidding the use of live rats on any production. To get what he needed for an escape scene in an underground sewer, Young first had his crew use tame rates that had to be dipped in cocoa to give them the correct brown color, but these "extras" soon became lethargic and more intent on licking the cocoa off each other than on acting. Finally the production moved to Madrid, where a rat catcher was hired to round up 200 wild brown rats and heard them through a tunnel toward the camera.

Terence Young and assistant director Michael White also had a near-fatal accident when the helicopter they were flying in to scope out a location flipped in a sudden violent wind and plunged into the water. White had fallen out of the copter just as it hit the water and sustained only a bruised right elbow, and the pilot's safety belt had been severed allowing him to escape. But Young was trapped in a small air pocket in the passenger compartment ten feet underwater and had to be pulled bleeding from the wreck after the crew quickly smashed open the canopy. He suffered many cuts and bruises but was back at work within an hour.

To capitalize on the popularity of the new screen hero while Dr. No was still fresh in everyone's minds, post-production was rushed to get the picture out less than two months after principal photography was completed. Young and editor Peter Hunt worked overtime to ready From Russia with Love for release less than six months from the time filming began. Their work paid off; the movie was a monster hit internationally and became the first film to play at four major London theaters at the same time. It turned a profit on the basis of British box office receipts alone.

Director: Terence Young
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, based on the novel by Ian Fleming adapted by Johanna Harwood
Cinematography: Ted Moore
Editing: Peter Hunt
Art Direction: Syd Cain
Original Music: John Barry
Cast: Sean Connery (James Bond), Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova), Pedro Armendariz (Ali Kerim Bey), Lotte Lenya (Rosa Klebb), Robert Shaw (Red Grant).
C-115m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning.

by Rob Nixon
From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

From Russia with Love (1963), the second entry in the internationally popular James Bond series, is often considered one of the best. Although the character of weapons expert Q was introduced here (but called Boothroyd), and a crucial moment hinges on an exploding briefcase he devises for 007, much of the action still centers on Bond's strength, skill and cunning, rather than the gadget-heavy plots of future films in the series. It also set the formula for all Bond films to follow: the pre-credit action sequence, the hit title song, the first appearance of arch-enemy Blofeld (here just called "Number One") with his trademark white cat, a distinctive John Barry score, and even more exotic locations - and beautiful women - than the first time out. From Russia with Love also has what many consider to be one of the sharpest scripts, filled with Bond's characteristically barbed one-liners, and a clever story centered around a plot by the renegade evil SPECTRE organization to pit the Soviets and the West against each other. In the process, they plan to lure Bond to his death with the promise of obtaining a top-secret decoding machine and bedding an alluring Russian agent. The Ian Fleming novel on which this is based was chosen for the second Bond film largely on the basis of a fortuitous PR boost. According to an article in Life magazine, President John F. Kennedy named From Russia with Love as one of his ten favorite books of all time. That and the huge success of the first film, Dr. No (1962), convinced producers Harry Saltzman and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli to double the budget over the earlier picture to $2 million. Some of that, of course, went to new star Sean Connery, who understandably wanted some monetary compensation for his indelible contribution to the Bond mystique. The money also went into sumptuous scenes and spectacular action sequences filmed in Venice, Madrid, Scotland, Wales, various spots in England, and Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, in addition to work in London's Pinewood Studios. The story underwent a few changes, however, for the movie version of From Russia with Love. In Fleming's original, the Soviets were the nemesis, but screenwriter Richard Maibaum was instructed to avoid such sensitive Cold War politics (not long after the Cuban Missile Crisis) and make the enemy the fictional SPECTRE once again, albeit with rogue Russians working for them and against their own state. Several actresses were considered and tested for the part of Tatiana, the beautiful Russian who unwittingly becomes a pawn in the plot against Bond, until the producers settled on Italian Daniela Bianchi, a runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant. Bianchi had the right appeal and definite chemistry with her leading man, but her accent was so thick that once again the filmmakers were forced to dub her lines, as they had done with Ursula Andress in Dr. No. Better-known performers were cast as the unforgettable villains. German stage star Lotte Lenya, best known for roles in plays created by her husband, composer Kurt Weill, was vicious as Rosa Klebb, who wields a lethal blade concealed in her shoe. Classically trained stage actor Robert Shaw, whom audiences will recognize from The Sting (1973) and Jaws (1975), had to undergo extensive physical training-and a hair-dye job-for the role of master assassin Grant. On the friendlier side of the scale, the part of the Turkish agent who helps Bond, Kerim Bey, was played by Latino actor Pedro Armendariz, despite his suffering from a fatal illness. Armendariz hoped to complete this one last role to leave some money to his family. Director Terence Young rearranged the shooting schedule to get all of Kerim Bey's scenes done in one two-week segment, with the intention of playing the part himself in reverse shots done over the character's shoulder. When shooting of Armendariz's segments was done in May 1963, Young threw a going-away party for the actor. Armendariz and Fleming, himself seriously ill, had hit it off on first meeting and spent much of the party discussing Armendariz's friend Ernest Hemingway, who had committed suicide not long before rather than face a lengthy terminal illness. A month later in Los Angeles, Armendariz took a pistol from under his pillow and shot himself. Fleming died just over a year later. The From Russia with Love production had its share of technical and budgetary challenges. Producer Cubby Broccoli caused a seven-day shooting delay when he decided the wind was blowing the wrong way for the speedboat chase sequence and insisted on waiting until the direction changed. Another problem was posed by an English law forbidding the use of live rats on any production. To get what he needed for an escape scene in an underground sewer, Young first had his crew use tame rates that had to be dipped in cocoa to give them the correct brown color, but these "extras" soon became lethargic and more intent on licking the cocoa off each other than on acting. Finally the production moved to Madrid, where a rat catcher was hired to round up 200 wild brown rats and heard them through a tunnel toward the camera. Terence Young and assistant director Michael White also had a near-fatal accident when the helicopter they were flying in to scope out a location flipped in a sudden violent wind and plunged into the water. White had fallen out of the copter just as it hit the water and sustained only a bruised right elbow, and the pilot's safety belt had been severed allowing him to escape. But Young was trapped in a small air pocket in the passenger compartment ten feet underwater and had to be pulled bleeding from the wreck after the crew quickly smashed open the canopy. He suffered many cuts and bruises but was back at work within an hour. To capitalize on the popularity of the new screen hero while Dr. No was still fresh in everyone's minds, post-production was rushed to get the picture out less than two months after principal photography was completed. Young and editor Peter Hunt worked overtime to ready From Russia with Love for release less than six months from the time filming began. Their work paid off; the movie was a monster hit internationally and became the first film to play at four major London theaters at the same time. It turned a profit on the basis of British box office receipts alone. Director: Terence Young Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, based on the novel by Ian Fleming adapted by Johanna Harwood Cinematography: Ted Moore Editing: Peter Hunt Art Direction: Syd Cain Original Music: John Barry Cast: Sean Connery (James Bond), Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova), Pedro Armendariz (Ali Kerim Bey), Lotte Lenya (Rosa Klebb), Robert Shaw (Red Grant). C-115m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning. by Rob Nixon

Quotes

He seems fit enough. Have him report to me in Istanbul in 24 hours.
- Rosa Klebb
Kronsteen's plan should be as succesful as his chess.
- Rosa Klebb
It will be. I've anticipated every possible variation of countermove.
- Kronsteen
You look surprised. I thought you expected me.
- Tatiana
The mechanism is... Oh James, James... Will you make love to me all the time in England?
- Tatiana
Day and night. Go on about the mechanism.
- James Bond
Ah, the old game: give a wolf a taste and then leave him hungry. My friend, she's got you dangling.
- Kerim Bey

Trivia

During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced pilot flew too close to Sean Connery, almost killing him.

The helicopter (carrying director Terrence Young during filming) crashed over water, trapping the director below the surface for a considerable time in an air bubble inside the copter's canopy. He was rescued and then immediately went back behind the camera with his arm in a sling.

Krilenko tries to escape through a secret window in a billboard advertising Call Me Bwana (1963), also produced by Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

The footage of the exploding SPECTRE helicopter has since been recycled for a number of British TV shows as stock footage. It can be seen in the "Doctor Who" episode "The Daemons".

The budget was $2,000,000 (double that of Dr. No (1962)).

Notes

Some location scenes filmed in Istanbul. London opening: October 1963. Copyright records credit Danjaq, S. A. with production.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States April 1996

Released in United States on Video September 1982

Released in United States Summer May 27, 1964

Re-released in United States on Video November 7, 1995

Formerly distributed by CBS/Fox Video.

Second installment of the James Bond series.

Released in United States April 1996 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "6 With 007: Sean Connery's James Bond" April 7-10, 1996.)

Released in United States Summer May 27, 1964

Released in United States on Video September 1982

Re-released in United States on Video November 7, 1995