Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From Russia With Love certainly won’t pass the bechtel test. In fact, objectively, this could well be Bond at it’s most politically incorrect. In fact some sequences are quite uncomfortable to watch, even through the lens of the 60’s. If you can put this aside, Connery’s second outing is a cracking cold war spy thriller that is starting to feel like the franchise we have come to love. The quips, the action and the Bond girls are all here and, even though the film has a healthy slow pace at times, it works to craft a strong narrative that keeps Bond pretty grounded. Right now we feel a long way away from space mission and invisible cars. Also it’s great to see the early days of Spectre being layered in (even if Austin Power’s rings a little too loud at times) and the action is better than you may expect.
Best Bit: The gypsy camp assault
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: Goldfinger, Dr No, Thunderball