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Mission: From Russia With Love
Released: October 13, 1963
Bond: Sean Connery
Director: Terence Young
Budget: $2.2 Million
U.S. Boxoffice: $24.8 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $78.9 Million
Running Time: 118 Minutes
UnivEx Rating: 007


Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Organization: SPECTRE
Scheme: The theft of a LEKTOR and the embarassment of MI6
Henchmen: Rosa Klebb, Red Grant
Girls: Sylvia Trench, Zora, Vida, Tatiana Romanova
Allies: Ali Kerim Bey
Bond's Kill Count: 13
Bond's Conquest Count: 4
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[From Russia With Love Special Edition]
Soundtrack Review (Written by Adam Farrington-Williams):
From Russia With Love Soundtrack In Bond fandom it could be said that John Barry's first score for the second Bond flick, From Russia With Love is often overlooked as being one of the great Bond scores, but I beg to differ. In fact, this film score is probably the most important Bond score. Why? Because it has provided numerous Bond composers (and even Barry himself) with the blue-print to create the perfect Bond score.

I think there's one thing most Bond fans agree on and that's Dr. No and From Russia With Love are vastly different scores. It makes sense, seeing both were written by two separate composers, who were writing scores that had no expectation attached to them. Let us now compare their situation with one that has faced David Arnold, each time he sits down to write a new Bond score. Arnold must write to the expectations that were slowly built up over Barry's 11 Bond scores, but it all started with Barry's first full Bond score, From Russia With Love. One could say the hallmark of Bond scores. It has a main theme song, sung by Matt Monroe and Barry utilises this song's melody through out much of his score. This was to become a pattern with Barry's Bond scores (and subsequently Arnold's too).

At the heart of the film From Russia With Love there is a suspense driven musical feeling. Often considered as one of the more grittier Bond films, From Russia With Love is an old fashioned spy flick in the true sense of the term. Barry's score faithfully underpins the perfect mood of the film, with masterfully constructed, yet downplayed love themes. Such as the cues between Tania and Bond. While on the other hand it is able to convey intensity through cues such as “Death of Kerim”. Coupled with this, there are many grand moments throughout the score. The cue “James Bond With Bongos” that traces Bond's movements as he first arrives in Istanbul is as powerfully iconic as anything ever used during a Bond film.

Barry's From Russia With Love simply oozes creativity and although he may or may not have lost that as time went on, this score should truly be marveled at by Bond fans and music fans alike.

Best themes of the score:
Here are a number of hand-picked cues from the score, which are favourites of mine.
Track List:

Track 1 – 007
Track 2 - 007 Takes The Lektor
Track 3 – Bond Meets Tania
Track 4 – Death of Grant
Track 5 – Death of Kerim
Track 6 – Girl Trouble
Track 7 – Guitar Lament
Track 8 – Gypsy Camp
Track 9 – James Bond With Bongos
Track 10 – Leila Dances
Track 11 - Man Overboard/SMERSH
                 In Action
Track 12 - Meeting In St. Sophia
Track 13 - Opening Titles/James Bond
                 Is Back/From Russia
                 With Love/James Bond
Track 14 - SPECTRE Island
Track 15 - Stalking
Track 16 - Tania Meets Klebb
Track 17 - The Golden Horn
Track 18 - From Russia With Love:
                 Main Theme

Track 1 - “007” Written by John Barry (2.46)
This everlasting Barry theme, synonymous with our action hero, if only within the realms of Bond fandom, the 007 theme was introduced in the film score for From Russia With Love. The edgy, yet up beat tempo of the bass drumkit, and the brass section consistent of trumpets, trombones, french horn and tuba really drive this masterpiece. Many fans have been calling for its return in the 21st Bond film. For their sake let's hope Barry's 007 Theme...WILL RETURN.

My rating: ****/*****

Track 3 - “Bond Meets Tania” Written by John Barry (1.20)
Just like the scene in which it appears, this cue is brimming with sex appeal and beautifully constructed musical tension. A typical Barryesque love tune. Slow in tempo, yet perfectly suitable for the scene in which it appears. Closing with chilling piano chords, as two Russian spies film the entire scene from behind a wall in Bond's Istanbul hotel room. Bond Meets Tania is the start of things to come for Barry Bond scores.

My rating: *****/*****

Track 9 - “James Bond With Bongos” Written by John Barry (2.32)
Barry's first proper rendition of the famous theme in full flight. What's great about this cue is that it doesn't just spew out the same old Bond theme, like the Doctor No score did, it plays a variation. This track commences the moment Bond leaves the airport in Istanbul and follows him in Kerim's car. The composer infuses the Bond theme in with the uniquely FRWL cue. So it's not just a rehash of the same old theme, instead it's a grand moment in the early part of one of the classic James Bond films.

My rating: *****/*****

Track 11 - “Man Overboard/SMERSH In Action” Written by John Barry (2.18)
The second half of this cue is truly memorable in that it is played whilst Kronsteen and Klebb are being questioned by Blofeld, over Bond's escape from the train. Barry's really captures the tension as the music and film slowly build to the moment where one of them is to be killed. Only Barry has really been able to do this in the James Bond series. He seemed to have a knack of playing the precise music for the precise moment of a Bond film. This is no exception. It's a simple little cue, but very memorable if you know what context it's played in.

My rating: ****/*****

Track 12 - “Meeting In St. Sophia” Written by John Barry (1.09)
Barry is at it again, crafting another tension filled piece, this time mapping out Bond's visit to the St Sophia mosque, where he is to receive the plans to the Russian Embassy. Unfortunately, for the Bulgar agent following Bond, his attempts to steal the plans from their resting place behind a poll are short lived, due to a cracking hand from Red Grant. Once again, there's nothing particularly brilliant or startling about the cue, it's just a good old fashioned piece of suspenseful musical score.

My rating: ****/*****

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You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
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Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
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SPECTRE (2015)
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