Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bond Night: From Russia With Love

World of Blackout 77-Word Film Review

From Russia With Love Poster

Bond Night: From Russia With Love
Cert: PG / 115 mins / Dir. Terence Young

And... we're on. Following an uncertain start, FRWL definitely sets the template for Bond as we know it, and it's a testament to Terence Young's direction that the film still holds its own today.

I spent a lot of the 115 minutes rolling my eyes, but still thoroughly enjoyed myself. Everyone's a lot more relaxed this time around, the action is smoother and the moments of humour are more wry.

Is the trailer representative of the film?

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

*1 Although there are some very similar cries during the shootout at the gypsy camp, so there could well be one hiding in the mix that I didn't catch.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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