From Russia With Love is the second James Bond film and it serves as a great follow-up to Dr. No. Bond is pitted against a SPECTRE agent in this one and joined by the beautiful, but sometimes annoying Tatiana Romanova. From Russia With Love is filled with action, intrigue, and lots of great Bond humor and dialogue.
Sean Connery plays Bond, as everyone in the world knows, and, since he IS Bond, he plays him perfectly. His suave character and dialogue are hilarious, especially when talking about women or a bad guy he just killed. One of my favorite lines was after he killed Klebb, who had been trying to assassinate him with a poison-tipped shoe, and he said: "She really had her kicks." You have to see it to know what I'm talking about.
Daniela Bianchi is Tatiana, a beautiful, young woman trying to defect from Russia, but also aiding them at the same time. It was sort of hard to understand her character because she really seemed to want to defect, but was also defecting under supposed Russian orders. That was confusing. And second, she was supposed to be a military officer, yet she acted like a child and all she wanted to do was have sex with 007. Now, that's typical of a Bond movie, but this was a little excessive.
Like always, though, the best parts come at the end. Bond dukes it out with a really big SPECTRE agent on a train, fights for his life against a low-flying helicopter (why didn't they just shoot him?), and has an awesome boat chase. The boat chase features some awesome pyrotechnics as he blows up a number of fuel tanks that send the five or so enemy boats sky-high.
From Russia With Love is a worthy James Bond movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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