(Italy, 1999( (Italy, 1999); directo director; Scorpinoni Scorpioni
From Russia with Love (Terence Young, UK, 1963) is my first foray into pre-Roger Moore James Bond titles. Teeritz and a couple of others recommended it to me just when I was about to view Goldfinger (the title seemed intriguing, not to mention the sight of a dead, gold-plated woman). Here, 007 is in a race with the Spectre organization to find a Russian decoding contraption known as Lektor. The pursuit brings him to Istanbul where he falls for the charms of Bond girl designate, Tatiana Romanova, who is played by the stunning Italian actress Daniela Bianchi (I fall for her too). I found the action scenes impressive, in fact, much better than the effects-laden Skyfall. What's more, I spotted an electric typewriter on Miss Moneypenny's desk.
|The ending I didn't expect: 007 stealthily|
tosses a film reel into the Venice canal and
|Long before cheesy Gangnam Style, |
there was cheesier Bond Wave!
| An appropriate intermezzo: Ian Fleming with his Olympia SK |
(source: British GQ)
Still in Bond-related matters, I enjoyed the Oscar celebration of 50 years of Bond movies, particularly the mod graphic art of the tribute montage:
|And while I respect the talent of Adele...|
|.... it was Shirley Bassey who was gold that night. Which only confirms the |
next Bond title on my queue: Goldfingaaah!
* Tea with Mussolini ©1999 MGM, poster image here. From Russia with Love ©1963 Eon Productions. The Oscars ©2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
* Typecast via Olivetti Studio 44