From Russia with Love Reviews

  • 007 is very much with us again, and anyone who hasn't yet got to know him is urged to do so right away!

    Bosley Crowther — New York Times

  • FRWL has character and dash, and even something of a conventional plot, all worth revisiting for this pin-sharp restoration.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • For my money, still the best Bond, with a screwball plotline that keeps the locales changing and the surprises coming.

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

  • From Russia with Love is a preposterous, skillful slab of hardhitting, sexy hokum.

    Variety Staff — Variety

  • Standing at the pinnacle of the series, From Russia with Love shows how good a Bond film can be when all the ingredients mesh.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Sophisticated? Well, not really. But fast, smart, shrewdly directed and capably performed.

    Dean Essner — TIME Magazine

  • Everything that worked in DR. NO is fully realized here. Sean Connery is 10 times more confident here as 007, oozing charm and masculinity.

    Austin Kennedy — Sin Magazine

  • The second Bond is one of the best in the series, due to the intriguing plot, sinister villains, and fabulously staged fight aboard the Orient Express.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • It has more in common spiritually with Le Carre than Fleming. Only after James Bond's vulnerabilities have been further exploited than in "Dr. No" does he succeed. "Russia" is about as far as it gets from the biggest Bond, but it's easily the best.

    Nick Rogers —

  • One of just a couple Bond adventures that is genuinely great as cinema.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.

    David Gurney — Common Sense Media

  • Much of it borders on the inept and the embarrassing, and that goes for the title song sung by Matt Monro, the "singing bus-driver".

    Philip French — Observer [UK]

  • It's not too different from the non-Bond action thrillers of the same era, in which company it falls well short of the top film, North by Northwest. Plenty of period charm, though, and a few of the Bond franchise's most Austin Powers-esque moments.

    Edward Porter — Times [UK]

  • One of the finest Bond outings, this flourished in the paranoia of the times before the franchise was devalued by an over-reliance on gadgets, camp quips and a skittish lack of focus or direction.

    Tim Evans — Sky Movies

  • It's no surprise Connery cites this as his favourite Bond. Would that Quantum had had a fraction of its pace, grace and style.

    Neil Smith — Total Film

  • The stylish second Bond film From Russia With Love now looks as if it was shot yesterday.

    Dominic Wells — Times [UK]

  • The film lacks the exotic, colourful flamboyance of the best of its successors. So shoot me.

    Derek Adams — Time Out

  • The narrative is plodding, time has not been kind to set-pieces that were once so thrilling and now seem oddly perfunctory, and 007's misogyny and casual slapping of several women is more than faintly repellent.

    Karl French — Financial Times

  • This is probably the best Bond film made.

    Dennis Schwartz — Ozus' World Movie Reviews

  • Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world. [Blu-ray]

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

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