If ‘Dr. No’ set the table for the franchise, ‘From Russia’ skipped right to the main course. Easily one of the best films in the series, and Connery’s finest Bond vehicle, ‘Russia’ proved that 007 was indeed the world’s greatest secret agent. Later sequels would add gadgets and gimmicks, ‘Goldfinger’ the penultimate example, but no films were as gritty and Spy caper worthy as ‘Dr. No’ and ‘From Russia..’.
A ‘Hunt for Red October’ before it’s time, ‘From Russia..’ mixed the Cold War paranoia with sauve and soFISTication, handling the chaos of the world in fistacuff ease. Connery versus Robert Shaw’s Red Grant on the Orient Express is still considered one of the best fight scenes in the franchise history, never mind on film. Before S.P.E.C.T.R.E. gave us too much Blofeld, 007 was upsetting their plans in style, with very little gadgets, a few guns and a whole lotta’ girls.
This film epitomizes Bond epic. Popcorn, Sno-Caps and no bathroom breaks.