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From Russia With Love (1963) – A 007 Quick Capsule Review

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 

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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