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From Russia With Love, the second in the series of James Bond films, is the film that solidifies all the Bond film elements into a formula -- the action sequences are intensified and lend greater tension to the proceedings; John Barry's inimitable score makes its first appearance; and Sean Connery as Bond has nailed down his role as 007 -- accentuating Bond's stylishness and sophistication, while toning down his cold-bloodedness. In From Russia With Love, the bad guys don't want to take over the world. They want something more mundane -- a Russian decoding device. Assigned to the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Much of it borders on the inept and the embarrassing, and that goes for the title song sung by Matt Monro, the "singing bus-driver"."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"007 is very much with us again, and anyone who hasn't yet got to know him is urged to do so right away!"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"One of the finest Bond outings, this flourished in the paranoia of the times before the franchise was devalued by an over-reliance on gadgets, camp quips and a skittish lack of focus or direction."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday."
‑ Dominic Wells, Times [UK]
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