From Russia with Love

Sat & Sun, March 4 & 5
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1hr 58mins // directed by:Terence Young // featuring:Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi // 35mm

Blast him! Seduce him! Bomb him! Strangle him! Target: The unkillable James Bond 007!

Directed with consummate skill by Terence Young, the second James Bond spy thriller is considered by many fans to be the best of them all.

Certainly Sean Connery was never better as the dashing Agent 007, whose latest mission takes him to Istanbul to retrieve a top-secret Russian decoding machine. His efforts are thwarted when he gets romantically distracted by a sexy Russian double agent (Daniela Bianchi), and is tracked by a lovely assassin (Lotte Lenya) with switchblade shoes, and by a crazed killer (Robert Shaw), who clashes with Bond during the film's dazzling climax aboard the Orient Express.

From Russia with Love is classic James Bond, before the gadgets, pyrotechnics, and Roger Moore steered the movies away from the more realistic tone of the books by Ian Fleming.