00-Heaven – 02: From Russia With Love
Continuing my 00-Heaven season – I plan to watch all of the official James Bond films before I go and see Spectre at the cinemas in November!
One down, and if you count Spectre, that means 23 official films to go. I don’t have David Niven’s ‘Casino Royale’ or Sean Connery’s ‘Never Say Never Again’ in my collection – if you don’t know already, these are NOT official Bond films.
I mentioned the ITV 1999 00-Heaven season yesterday – take a look at the link below which features some of the ITV trailers for that season, good nostalgia, you might just remember the ads…
A reminder that the below is taken from the diaries I keep… I’ve kept a diary since 2005. Maybe I should print some of them one day 🙂
Thursday August 20th 2015:
Critique: ‘From Russia with Love’
Started ‘From Russia With Love’ – now I’ve seen bits of this film, I recall a sequence on a train, but it became clear quite early on tonight that I haven’t seen it all before? There’s links to the first film – Dr No’s killing is mentioned, Bond in an early scene, is having a romantic moment with Sylvia Trench – who also appeared in Dr. No… The story is more complex than Dr. No – I’m keeping up with it so far!
The film is notable for featuring the first appearance of ‘Q’, played by the late Desmond Llewelyn. Brilliant character – and a great scene below from the film.
Trivia – ‘From Russia With Love’ premiered on UK TV, on ITV, on May 2nd 1976 at 7:55pm, 13 years after its cinema release.
What else was on ITV that night?
6:50pm – Stars on Sunday
7:25pm – Now Who Do You Do?
7:55pm – From Russia with Love
10:00pm – National News
BBC1 had The Onedin Line, a film of Moby Dick and That’s Life – remember that?!
Overall, I think it’s better than Dr. No – it’s a great spy movie – it’s got everything. The train fight is brilliantly directed – it keeps you literally on the edge of your seat throughout.
I’d love to hear what you think as I watch these films – what are your thoughts on From Russia With Love? Please comment below! And come back to the blog – my review of Goldfinger will follow! James Bond Will Return!