From Russia, With Love
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Overall rating: 4/5
Director: Terrence Young
Tagline: Bond at his slowest and smartest
The Film: The second James Bond film is remarkably understated. The average James Bond movie has a great start, with a mystery, a mission and some adventure, only to fall apart in the third act, when the producers bring in fantastic earth-threatening technological deathtraps that leave the audience shaking its collective head. Not so in this case. Bond thinks a smitten Soviet defector is offering a decoding device. In reality, international terror enterprise SPECTRE is gunning for 007.
The DVD: The film looks good, but the sound is uneven. Sudden explosions and gunshots will frighten your neighbors if you had the volume
up high enough to hear the dialogue. But screw the neighbors. Bonus material
is an interesting “making of” documentary, narrated by “The Avengers” Patrick MacNee and featuring a look at how well the women in this film have aged. Another bonus documentary details the life of coproducer Harry Saltzman. You gotta be a real fan.
Easter Eggs: Nada.
Five Degrees of Seperation
All Connery Bond Films — “Dr. No” is great, and “Thunderball” may be the
The Tim Dalton Bonds — Only Dalton played Bond as more of a dark thug than
Connery: “License to Kill” and “The Living Daylights.”
The Bourne Identity — Modern filmmaking and Robert Ludlum make you forget that Matt Damon is as cold as day-old sushi.
Finding Forester — Best of Connery’s recent work.
The Thomas Crown Affair — An elegant caper film with Renee Russo and one of Connery’s 007 successors.