From Russia With Love

⭐⭐⭐⭐ based on 1 review.

tl;dr: A solid plot, interesting characters, and entertaining action. A practically perfect Bond film!


James Bond


Bond: Sean Connery


Spoilers Ahead: My reviews are not spoiler-free. You have been warned.

Compared with the slower pacing and more detective-story Dr No, From Russia With Love is practically a different series, but it's undeniably a Bond film. Actually, I think it's one of the best Bond films I've seen. The plot is a little ridiculous, but in a fun way that means it's still internally coherent, and the characters are all interesting. I think it's funny just how powerful (and brash) Spectre have been made out to be, but their role is certainly being built on nicely after their previous introduction.

As for Bond, Connery keeps him feeling like the same character as the previous film entirely, whilst also embracing the slightly more action-packed plot well. He does perhaps push a few too many people into water, but when it's needed he's still as gritty as more modern incarnations. I still find it funny how much this earlier take on the character remains a genuinely nice person that clearly falls for women far more than he lets on, although, again, doesn't seem to mourn people's death much. Just like the first movie, his main accomplice and friend is suddenly (and predictably) killed, but at least it's actively brought up a couple of times later this time around.

Otherwise, I don't really have any complaints. The action is showing the age a little, but it's still a lot of fun; I thought the latest Bond girl was really well done, acted, and written; plus, the villains felt ominous and interesting, all at once. Solid marks all round!

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