From Russia with Love

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
"Let his death be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one."
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of SPECTRE

After the President of the United States announced that From Russia, With Love was his 9th favorite book, it became clear to EON which novel they were going to adapt next.

This film, the second James Bond film, involves 007 having to escort a defector from Commie Land (more specifically the USSR) to the West. Of course, she's female.

Notable scenes in this film:

This film and its title are so well known that variations on the title are common as newspaper headlines for articles to do with Russia. A London exhibition of pre-Red October Russian art, sponsored by the Russian government, couldn't resist a gag, calling itself From Russia.

The movie is typically considered one of the best, if not the best of the Bond franchise. One filmmaker notes that almost every Bond movie production starts out trying to make the next From Russia With Love and ends up being the next Thunderball.

The film was also adapted into a videogame for 6th-generation consoles, almost 50 years later, with Sean Connery reprising his iconic role for the first time in decades.

Tropes used in From Russia with Love include:
  • Bad Boss
  • Belly Dancer: In the gypsy camp.
  • Blatant Lies: Bond tells Moneypenny he'd never look at another woman.
  • Blofeld Ploy
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Red Grant is one of the iconic ones.
    • Grant led to this trope being used over and over again in the Bond series in the form of the muscular blonde brute henchman.
  • Bond One-Liner: "She should have kept her mouth shut"; "She's had her kicks."
    • There's also "I'd say one of their aircraft is missing", which for younger viewers falls almost nonsensically flat, but it's a reference to One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, or at least to the wartime phrase it's based on. It was still a relevant and clever reference in 1963, and that was the target audience.
  • Cat Fight: The fight between two Gypsy girls.
  • The Chessmaster: Kronsteen, who is a literal chessmaster.
    • In the book, scenes from his point of view feature him thinking of everyone as chess pieces.
  • Continuity Nod: In a SPECTRE meeting, Kronsteen mentions "the killing of our operative, Dr. No"; in the book, he lists off the deaths of Le Chiffre, Mr. Big, and Hugo Drax.
    • Sylvia Trench reappears, once again denied a romance with Bond as he's called away on a mission. This was meant to be a Running Gag throughout the series, but the character was dropped after this film. One could argue that Moneypenny played out that gag, in her own way.
  • Deadly Training Area: A villainous example:

Rosa Klebb: Training is useful, but there is no substitute for experience.
Morzeny: I agree. We use live targets as well.

  • Dirty Communists: Subverted. The original Fleming story had them, but most were changed to agents of the supranational criminal union SPECTRE, running a False-Flag Operation.
  • The Dragon: Red Grant is one for Rosa Klebb, who in turn is one for Blofeld.
  • Evil Gloating: Lampshaded, by the gloater himself no less.

Grant: I don't mind talking. I get a kick out of watching the great James Bond find out what a bloody fool he's been making of himself.

Tatiana: Behave yourself, James! We're being filmed...