11 Things You Learn Rewatching From Russia With Love
11. The Pre-Title Sequence Is One Of The Series' Weirdest
The Bond movies are typically known for their showy, action-packed pre-title sequences, but Russia with Love served up a subversive set-piece right out of the gate.
The film opens with SPECTRE assassin Donald "Red" Grant (Robert Shaw) and James Bond (Connery) appearing to pursue one another through a hedge maze at night, ending with Red seemingly strangling Bond to death.
As it turns out, however, this was merely a SPECTRE training exercise, and "Bond" was actually a poor goon wearing a Bond mask. By focusing on the villain rather than the hero and giving fans a brief opening shock, it was one hell of a bizarre, expectation-defying way to open the spy sequel.
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