Just thinking about Russia. And love. And James Bond.

I’m a fan of James Bond movies so I was excited to hear they’re making another one. Casino Royale is one of my favorite Bond movies, perhaps one of my favorite movies, though I found the two sequels (Quantum of Solace and Skyfall) to be disappointing.

So I thought I’d check out the trailer for one of my old favorite Bond movies, From Russia with Love:

They yearn for him. They die for him.

From Russia with Love has everything that has dominated popular culture’s idea of Bond. He has the Sean Connery smugness, the misogyny, and the Cold War intrigues. You could probably swap in Austin Powers and not notice too big a change in the movie experience. From Russia with Love is ridiculous. How ridiculous? How about two women cat fighting to the death?

Don’t worry, they don’t die, I think because James Bond marries them both.

Coincidentally, the antagonists in From Russia with Love is Specter, who are the obvious antagonists in Specter.

I don’t remember the entire plot of From Russia with Love. I remember it being a long and convoluted movie, probably another great James Bond element, with the usual femme fatale, and minor quests that involve secondary sexy ladies. As you can see from the trailer there’s at least one fight scene.

As I recall, Specter, a secret bad guy organization, was trying to manipulate the USA and the USSR into war, to try and profit somehow from that. So James Bond has to save the world by stopping Specter before everything goes World War III. I’ll bet you dollar to dinar he karate chops at least one other person.

I feel like you can skip quite a few James Bond movies (sorry Timothy Dalton), but if you want the old school condensed experience, you need go no further than this movie. But if you wanted to, you could also watch You Only Live Twice.

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