Aside from Blofelds brief introduction, From Russia With Love is populated mostly by henchmen. Robert Shaws Red Grant is the main standout and is surely one of Shaws greatest performances. From the opening scenes to the final confrontation with Bond aboard the Orient Express, Grant proves to be Bonds equal, hard-as-nails but intelligent with it. He is a cold, calculating assassin who even saves Bond, without him realising, during the gypsy camp ambush just so he can have the pleasure of killing Bond himself. Rosa Klebb is also one of the most memorable characters of the series, the vicious lesbian with a poisoned flick knife hidden in her shoe. Played by Lotte Lenya, who by all accounts was one of the sweetest people you were ever likely to meet, she proves to be as ruthless as Grant and can probably be considered the films main villain orchestrating the whole operation to kill Bond. When all attempts fail she takes it upon herself to have a go leading to a great fight scene taking place after the main climactic action sequence starting another great Bond tradition of post-climax, pre-closing credits action scenes where the villains have one last effort to stop Bond. The Bond Girl Eunice Gayson returns for the final time as Bonds supposed girlfriend Sylvia Trench. Its a real shame that her character was dropped after this film as there is some great chemistry between her and Connery and I really like the idea that Bond has a relatively normal life and relationship outside his day job, however given the number of women he beds when he is at work it would probably be a little odd to expect him to have a stay-at-home partner.
James Bond: Red wine with fish. Well that should have told me something.
Red Grant: You may know the right wines, but youre the one on your knees. How does it feel old man?
For the role of the main Bond girl producers looked to the 1960 Miss Universe runner-up Danielle Bianchi fromItaly. Once again as with Dr. Nos Ursula Andress her voice was deemed to have too strong an accent for world audiences so her dialogue was overdubbed in post production by Barbara Jefford. Andress would prove to be a tough act to follow, despite the fact Bianchi is given a much larger role in the film, especially as it is her story that provides the main plot thread, sadly her character is not particularly strong or interesting and is often cast aside for Bond to handle the situations they find themselves in. As a result, through no fault of her own, she is possibly one of the least memorable Bond girls from the whole series. Gadgets With the introduction of Q, Bond is provided with the first of many gadgets that will become a signature aspect of all future Bond films. In this film he is presented with a fairly simple briefcase containing a sniper rifle, a hidden knife, an exploding talcum powder gas canister (if the case is opened incorrectly) and 50 gold sovereigns sewn into the lining. As with all Bond gadgets this briefcase just happens to be perfect for this particular mission and all features and functions are used to his advantage at some point in the film. James Bond Will Return.. From Russia With Love proved to be even more popular than Dr. No taking almost $80 million at the box office. The huge success meant Broccoli and Saltzman were assured they could continue to bring Flemings character to the screen for the foreseeable future. With a further 12 books to choose from, the producers knew they would need to make the right choice and create something special with the next instalment to keep audiences interested.
James Bond: Youre one of the most beautiful girls Ive ever seen.
Tatiana: Thank you, but I think my mouth is too big.
James Bond: No, its the right size...for me, that is.