This second movie in the James Bond series is better than the
first, DR. NO, but still not quite as good as GOLDFINGER, the third.
FROM RUSSIA is notable, though, in that it's the only Sean Connery
Bond film where Bond gets it on with four different women, including
two gypsy women at the same time. Now that's a man with a license
for more than just killing.
This time, the race is on to see who will get ahold of a new
decryption technology--the good guys (British intelligence) or the bad
guys (SPECTRE). SPECTRE gets the jump on 007 by sending him
one of their own, a beautiful Russian woman who claims to have
defected from the KGB. She doesn't even know she's working for
SPECTRE (that's how clever those guys are) and she's convinced she'll
be doing Mother Russia a great service by giving Bond false
information. She ends up giving Bond a lot more--and falling in love
with him as a result.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE moves more slowly than most
of the later Bond movies, but is still definitely entertaining, and meets
the quota of chases, explosions, shootouts, belly dancers, cat fights and
other degrading depictions of women. How James Bond manages to
sleep with all those women and still not catch every sexually
transmitted disease under the sun is beyond me. Maybe it helps to stay
away from female characters named Colonel Klapp.
Copyright © 1996 Andrew Hicks