From Russia with Love

 
Creative Cold War Bond thriller is best for teens and up.
  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1964
  • Running Time: 118 minutes

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 of sexual innuendo. The film is largely based around Bond's fondness for women and his casual attitude toward sex, so sexual double entendres abound throughout the film. The violence factor is high, with explosions, fist fights, gun battles, and a strangling. The politics are cold war and likely to be completely baffling to younger teens.

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?

QUALITY
 

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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Written byAnonymous September 20, 2014
age 13+
 

Much improved sequel has cold moments+darker tone

My rating:PG-13 for intense violence and action,scary images,language,sexuality/nudity and smoking
Adult Written byjowriggley April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

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, 14 years old Written byThe age organizer January 25, 2015
age 13+
 

From Russia with love

13 and up
Kid, 9 years old July 22, 2013
age 8+
 

From Russia with Love

A little boring, but when the action comes becomes more interesting

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