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From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love is a 1963 British spy film and the second in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions, as well as Sean Connery’s second role as MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by Terence Young, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and written by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood, based on Ian Fleming’s similarly named 1957 novel. In the film, Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond’s killing of Dr. No.

Following the success of Dr. No, United Artists greenlit a sequel and doubled the budget available for the producers. In addition to filming on location in Turkey, the action scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, and in Scotland. Production ran over budget and schedule, and was rushed to finish by its scheduled October 1963 release date.

From Russia with Love was a critical and commercial success. It took more than $78 million in worldwide box office receipts, far more than its $2 million budget and more than its predecessor Dr. No, thereby becoming a blockbuster in 1960s cinema.

This film also marked the debut of Desmond Llewelyn as Q, a role he would play for 36 years until The World Is Not Enough in 1999.

Cast:

Sean Connery as James Bond: Secret Intelligence Service Agent 007.

Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova (voiced by Barbara Jefford): Soviet Consulate clerk and Bond’s love interest. 

Pedro Armendáriz as Ali Kerim Bey: Head of MI6 Station T in Istanbul.

Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb: A former SMERSH colonel, now “Number 3” for SPECTRE.

Robert Shaw as Donald “Red” Grant: Cunning SPECTRE assassin and one of the principal Bond enemies.

Bernard Lee as M: Chief of British Intelligence.

Walter Gotell as Morzeny: SPECTRE thug who trains personnel on SPECTRE Island.

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