From Russia With Love

The second installment of the Bond saga got a showing last night as my personal mission of watching all the James Bond films continues…

From Russia With Love (1963) has 007 on a mission to seize a Russian “Lektor” decoding machine and includes some classic Bond action including a boat chase, a helicopter attack and good old fist fight on the Orient Express.

This film also sees the introduction of several Bond gadgets – the first being a briefcase with folding sniper rifle, along with hidden ammo, throwing knife and gold sovereigns and fitted with an explosive tear gas booby trap.

If you’ve also seen the Austin Powers comedy/spoof series of films, you’ll immediately notice that the roots for Dr Evil’s character come from this Bond film, in which we meet for the first time the head of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, who strokes a white cat while his face remains hidden. We also meet SPECTRE’s “No. 3” who Frau Farbissina’s character in Austin Powers is based on (Dr Evil’s female german advisor).

From Russia With Love is apparantly Sean Connery’s favourite Bond film, and I’d have to say I enjoyed it more than Dr No.

Next up will be Goldfinger. Watch this space…

About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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