“Corporal, I have selected you for a most
important assignment … its purpose is to
give false information to the enemy”
From Russia with Love (1963) is the second James Bond movie and is based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name. It includes all the great Bond film elements such as amazing action sequences, a unique music score by John Barry, and the charisma of 007 played by Sean Connery.
SPECTRE is attempting to steal a decoding device, known as a Lektor, which contains Russian secrets. Kronsteen (Sheybal), who has meticulously planned the mission, and Rosa Klebb (Lenya) are attempting to use Bond’s weakness for women as the key factor in getting their hands on the Lektor.
Agent 007 travels to Istanbul, amidst danger, in the lure of the beautiful woman, Tatiana Romanova (Bianchi). When 007 acquires the Lektor from Tatiana, a Russian cipher clerk, the powerful Red Grant (Shaw) is to seize it from Bond and kill him. However, Bond suspects a trap.
The gripping struggle to the end between Bond and Red Grant aboard the legendary Orient Express is a spectacle of From Russia with Love.
Sean Connery James Bond
Daniela Bianchi Tatiana Romanova
Pedro Armendáriz Kerim Bey
Lotte Lenya Rosa Klebb
Robert Shaw Red Grant
Walter Gotell Morzeny
Vladek Sheybal Kronsteen
Anthony Dawson Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Fred Haggerty Krilencu
Bernard Lee M
Desmond Llewelyn Major Boothroyd
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Eunice Gayson Sylvia Trench
Aliza Gur Vida
Martine Beswick Zora
Nadja Regin Kerim Bey’s girl
‘James Bond is Back!’
‘From Russia with Love’ by Matt Monro
England, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Wales.
Bond: ‘Your mouth is the right size … for me that is.’
Blofeld: ‘Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one.’
A Remarkable Letter
An unusual letter was transmitted from a Russian cipher worker in Istanbul and delivered to Military Intelligence Section 6 (MI6).
The woman declared she has a great affection for James Bond, after seeing his photograph in her workplace records, and now wanted to defect.
If Bond will safely accompany her to England, she would carry the Lektor, a highly classified decoding device with her.
At MI6, M sensed the reward of the Lektor was enough to take the risk, even though it sounded like an apparent deception. In addition, James Bond considered the assignment risk worthy after viewing the photograph of the cipher worker.
In From Russia with Love, both MI6 and 007 had little idea of the extent to which SPECTRE would go to harm the reputation of the British Secret Service and attempt to kill Bond. 007 first travelled to Istanbul, Turkey where he met his contact Kerim Bey.
The Bosphorus in Istanbul (Turkey)
The plan by SPECTRE to involve MI6 in a sex outrage and have Agent 007 murdered started when Tatiana (Tanya) Romanova, a Russian cipher worker, unknowingly became the puppet in the operation.
The chief of MI6 in Istanbul was an ally to James Bond, Kerim Bey. SPECTRE brought about conflict between Bey’s team and the Russians crushing Bey’s peaceful life before the arrival of Bond. Bey managed to flee from an explosion at his head office thanks to his girlfriend’s timely assistance.
Prior to working with the Soviet Intelligence Tatiana (known as Tanya), the central Bond girl in From Russia with Love, was training to be a dancer.
She was secretly brought into 007’s room, with the belief she was on a KGB security assignment, where their meeting was filmed secretly by SPECTRE intelligence officers.
As reality set in, Tanya fell in love with Bond and together they evaded authorities by taking the Lektor with them on the Orient Express.
After a long and torrid journey, Bond and Tanya eventually escaped the train and fled to Venice by making use of the henchmen's transport - truck and boat.
Escaping the Orient Express
Band of Criminals
The cunning idea to involve Bond in the scheme was the pet project of Kronsteen. As well as enlisting Tatiana, Rosa Klebb’s responsibility was to instruct Bond’s assassin, Donald Grant (known as Red), a fugitive prisoner and bloodthirsty criminal. Red had been extremely well trained by the leader of SPECTRE’s armed forces school, Morzeny.
Combat in the Gypsy Camp
Bond accompanied Bey to visit the gypsies in the local neighbourhood. Here they watched an intriguing fight between two women who were in love with the one guy. Before the matter could be resolved, by one murdering the other (the gypsy rule), gun fire could be heard.
The Russians invaded the gypsy camp, guided by Krilencu, the KGB’s best killer, with Kerim Bey thought to be the main objective. During the armed skirmish Bey was shot in the shoulder with Bond coming out unharmed after the assistance of an unidentified man. After triumphing in the combat, 007 straightened out the gypsy love dispute using a peaceful technique.
The SPECTRE operatives were certain that Bond would face severe consequences for interfering in their business. The head of this dangerous organisation, and the master villain in From Russia with Love, was Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He briefed Morzeny, Kronsteen, and Rosa Klebb on how to kill 007, ensuring his death would be brutal and degrading.
Rosa Klebb decided to take action when the initial plan of SPECTRE to destroy James Bond was botched. As Tanya and 007 were unwinding in their hotel room in Venice, she acted as a maid. Tanya was able to knock Klebb's gun away but Klebb had another deadly weapon up her sleeve.
One of the best gadgets in From Russia with Love is the shoe of Rosa Klebb. Hidden within the shoe was a blade covered with a lethal poison which could kill a person in seconds. As she was about to use her cunning weapon, Tanya fired her gun killing Klebb instantly, after which Bond stated: "She had her kicks".
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