From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Terence Young (1963)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Ian Fleming received a useful boost to his sales when President Kennedy listed From Russia with Love as one of his ten favourite books. It is also one of the most popular Bond movies and a terrific thriller in its own right, owing much to Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed's The Third Man in its marvellous atmosphere of foreign intrigue. Superbly shot on location in a pre-touristy Istanbul, and closely following Fleming's original story, the film has Sean Connery's spy duped into smuggling a top-secret communist decoding machine, plus blonde Russian diplomat Daniela Bianchi, from Turkey to the West via the Orient Express. Lotte Lenya is unforgettable as lesbian villain Rosa Klebb, and Robert Shaw is an impressive hitman who commits a terrible faux pas in front of 007 by ordering red wine with fish.


James Bond is sent to steal a top-secret Soviet decoding machine and ends up helping its operator defect to the West. However, he discovers the mission is really a trap set by international crime syndicate Spectre, and struggles to evade his would-be assassins. Spy thriller, starring Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi and Lotte Lenya.

Cast & Crew

James Bond Sean Connery
Tatiana Romanova Daniela Bianchi
Kerim Bey Pedro Armendáriz
Rosa Klebb Lotte Lenya
Red Grant Robert Shaw
"M" Bernard Lee
Sylvia Trench Eunice Gayson
Morzeny Walter Gotell
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell
Vavra Francis De Wolff
Major Boothroyd Desmond Llewelyn
Train conductor George Pastell
Kerim's girl Nadja Regin
Zora Martine Beswick
Kronsteen Vladek Sheybal
Krilencu Fred Haggerty
Belly dancer Leila
Foreign agent Hasan Ceylan
Rolls chauffeur Neville Jason
Vida Alizia Gur
Director Terence Young
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: May be edited for violence and sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2009