From Russia with Love (film, 1963)

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From Russia with Love
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
Written by Ian Fleming (original)
Richard Maibaum
Johanna Harwood
Starring Sean Connery
Lotte Lenya
Daniela Bianchi
Bernard Lee
Desmond Llewelyn
Lois Maxwell
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Ted Moore
Editing by Peter R. Hunt
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) October 11, 1963
Running time 115 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Preceded by Dr. No
Followed by Goldfinger
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From Russia with Love (1963) is the second film of the James Bond film series, and the second to star Sean Connery as fictional British secret agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of Ian Fleming's fifth James Bond novel. The film marked several important milestones in the Bond franchise, in that it marked the first appearance of Desmond Llewelyn playing Major Boothroyd/Q, who took over the role from Peter Burton who played the character briefly in Dr. No. Llewelyn would later reprise the role of Boothroyd/Q in all subsequent Bond films up to The World is Not Enough, with the exception of Live and Let Die. The film also marked the first appearance of legendary 007 villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who would have a larger role in future installments of the series. It is also the first James Bond film to feature themes of the Cold War and the Soviet Union, a staple that would define many of the following Bond films released during the Cold War era. From Russia with Love is considered by many, including Sean Connery, to be the best film of the series.