From Russia, With Love

Sean Connery
Released 1964


Reviewed and Researched by Lisa Shea

The second James Bond movie is From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery. James plans a double cross of a double cross, and falls in love with the girl.

The intro sequence involves belly dancing girls and Bond wooing the "golf girl" from the first movie. Soon though he's back with "M" and getting a suitcase from the "Q Branch". In the first movie it was a major who gave him a gun. In this one it's Q Branch with a cool gadgety briefcase - and by the next movie Bond has a full blown Q Testing Lab run by Q Himself.

In any case, deep in Istanbul, the Russian clerk tries to snooker Bond, Bond knows this and tries to get around her. They ride the Orient Express together and fall in love.

Bond does indeed get to safety and once again SPECTER is foiled.

Wine, Martinis and Cocktails
James has a bottle of Taittinger Blanc de Blanc in the river, keeping cool, while he seduces Sylvia Trench, the golfing woman from the first movie.

With the Gypsies, who know how to bellydance well, Bond is drinking Raki, or Lion's Milk. This wine is pretty much the drink of choice in Turkey and is flavored with anise!

The classic exchange here is on the train. When Bond, his girlfriend and the enemy, Grant, are having dinner together on the Orient Express, we get one of the more famous wine scenes from the series. First, Bond and Tatiana have a bottle of Taittinger Blanc de Blanc Champagne with their sole. That's a nice combination. But Grant orders a Chianti. The waiter asks in confusion if he wants a white Chianti, and Grant says "No, the red kind." Back in 1963 wine was about Following the Rules, and one rule was that fish meant white wine.

Later, Bond says,

"Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something."

Grant replies back:

"You may know the right wines, but you’re the one on your knees."


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