From Russia With Love 1963 ★★★½

This is a good one for sure. There aren't very elaborate action sequences here, but I almost like that. The scene between Robert Shaw's Grant and Bond in the train car is so well directed. To watch these two just talk to each other is fascinating. Then when they start fighting in the compact space of a train compartment it gets even better. The fight is so well shot and choreographed. Because of the pace and the shot selection you don't feel as though the fight is as staged as you do with other Bond fights. The helicopter sequence is almost reminiscent of the crop duster sequence in NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Overall a really good Bond.

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