From Russia With Love

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

From Russia With Love is a James Bond movie from the early 1960's, one of the first done by Sean Connery. In this movie, the sinister organization SPECTRE is using a beautiful young Russian agent to lure Bond into stealing a Soviet cypher machine (it would have been amazingly sophisticated technology at the time, but now it seems terribly clunky compared to the computer encryption systems that one can run on an ordinary desktop PC or Mac). SPECTRE will then return the machine to the Soviets for some unexplained goal. However Bond foils the plan and gets the machine to its destination in spite of some really nasty criminals.

This seemed to be a very rough-edged movie, and Connery's acting has yet to mature into the excellent actor he would become in the late 70's and the 80's. IMO, his finest Bond film was his last, Never Say Never Again.

Of course my first introduction to James Bond was with Live and Let Die, in which Bond was played by the more sophisticated Roger Moore, so my tastes may have been heavily formed by his interpretation of the role. I've heard other people express strong preferences for Connery's more rough-edged early Bond movies and claim that they find Moore's portrayal too smooth for their tastes.

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Review posted December 16, 1998