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When I was younger I didn't like this film as much as other Bond films, seeing it as more boring or something, and I see that was the case with some of you too. But it's a finely-crafted adventure and you can feel Ian Fleming all through it. As barryt007 said, a real Bondian espionage mission. Depth is added through SPECTRE playing the Brits and Soviets off each other, along with Russia's Bulgarian agents and Kerim Bey's gypsy friends. Pedro Armendáriz is great of course and the bits with Bey's lonely girlfriend, played by Nadja Regin, are fun. Hadn't made the connection she was also the woman in the bath in the Goldfinger PTS. Hmm, I see she passed on almost a year ago.
Grant is played masterfully by Shaw. The menace and how they set him up as the "pro" is really well done. The allies are great. Bey and all his sons.
The fight on the train is a great example of how to show character. You are right @Thrasos he does smile. I believe there is also a grin when he has Bond cornered and is attacking with ferocity. The way it was shot and edited you feel the blows as an audience member.
Yes I have to re-watch this film. Damn it's a great film.
I had the exact same experience when I was younger. When it came to interest and buying the tapes, DN and FRWL were the odd ones out. Maybe it was because they lacked the gadgetry I loved in the later entries or maybe because they were closer to feeling like the '50s.
It began to change when I exchanged a defective VHS of one of the films for FRWL and began to appreciate how good it was and my enthusiasm slowly grew afterward. The novel is my favorite Fleming that only enhances it and the film now lingers around my top 5 (I have no definitive ranking). As a bonus, DN is the other film that has risen in my unofficial rankings over the years.
Good post. For me Bond begins and ends with Fleming.
Probably why my favourite Bond films are the ones closest to the Fleming material.
TLD (Only based on the short story but pure Fleming)
I have so many other books I've never read as well.
I've read all the novels multiple times. DR.NO is one of my favourites.
The LTK novelisation is really good.
If you don't do it now you never will!
Blofeld was always more effective when he was just a commanding voice and wasn't seen.
It makes one wonder just how Richard Maibaum would've written such a confrontation scene opposed to first-time Bond writer Roald Dahl.
On another note, YOLT is lacking in having an interesting core of henchmen and supporting villains, whereas FRWL and TB have them aplenty.
With FRWL, we have a classic Bond, some fine performances and memorable scenes like the Train fight, Connery and Shaw what a combination.
The Amazon.com (US) link is: https://www.amazon.com/Russia-Love-BFI-Film-Classics/dp/1839024534/ref=sr_1_1?crid=26H1HPBKOWY2O&keywords=BFI+From+Russia+With+Love&qid=1660780140&sprefix=bfi+from+russia+with+love,aps,60&sr=8-1
That sounds interesting I like that artwork!