From Russia with Love

  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1964

Common Sense Media says

Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.
  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1964

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Women portrayed as good and evil two dimensional sex toy cut-outs

Violence

Explosions, fistfights, gun battles, strangling.

Sex

Very strong sexual implications, although no graphic frontal nudity or sex acts are presented.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Light drinking by adults.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while there's no full-frontal nudity, this movie contains a lot sexual innuendo. The film is largely based around Bond's fondness for women and his casual attitude towards sex, so sexual double entendres abound throughout the film. The violence factor is high with explosions, fistfights, gun battles, and a strangling. The politics are cold war and likely to be completely baffling to younger teens.

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Kids say

What's the story?

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is the second film in the legendary series, and as an early entry, it features a more serious-minded plot than the later Bond films (although the "bond girls" are out in force and worth a discussion). Bond (Sean Connery) expects his villains to be Soviet agents, in reality, they are a part of an autonomous crime cartel setting a trap for him. Ultimately, Bond joins forces with the Soviets, (rather politically progressive for the Cold War period), to fight the mysterious SPECTRE crime organization for a second time.

Is it any good?

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It is in this film that James Bond seems to emerge as a particularly unique character, following the more disaffected Bond of Dr. No. While the plot gets somewhat obscured in a few rather befuddling dialogue exchanges, the charm of Connery as Bond is strong enough to keep the film mostly engaging. That said, the self-mocking tone of the later Bond films is missing, and there are moments where younger viewers, used to more fast-paced action films, may find themselves twiddling their thumbs while waiting for the next burst of action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bond's approach to women and the way the movie treats women in general. Why must 007's fondness for women be a weakness for him? Why do females seem to be cast as villains? Bond presumes that his enemies in the film are Russians. Ask your kids what they know about the Cold War. Who do they think the villains would be today?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 8, 1964
DVD release date:October 17, 2000
Cast:Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Sean Connery
Director:Terence Young
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
Run time:118 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Adult Written byjowriggley April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Old Film with Old Views

I agree that the Bond character is chauvinistic in the sense that he perceives women as sexual conquests. The movie also has a scene where a domineering female villain is telling another female character to submit sexually to Bond (although it is a plot point). In that same scene, to me, there where was some slight lesbian innuendo in the villainess' mannerisms, but nothing overt.

The movie is violent, but not gory, reminiscent of the old westerns. People are shot, stabbed, and strangled. Killing, espionage, treachery are recurring themes in the film, but you can see much worse on TV.

Teen, 13 years old Written bypg13rnc17 March 17, 2011
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byabodoh April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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