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The second James Bond movie, “From Russia With Love,” gets the ball rolling with regard to what we expect of a James Bond movie: the gadgets, the henchman, and more elaborate, action sequences.  “FRWL” has Sean Connery — as Bond, James Bond — teaming up with a female, Russian agent in order to steal a Russian, decoding device (and I’m not talking about some cheap, piece of plastic that tells you to drink more Ovaltine).  Unknown to Connery and the Russian chick, SPECTRE is behind the plans to have Connery and the Russian chick steal the decoder so that SPECTRE can steal it from them.

Shadowing Connery is Robert Shaw (yeah, that same, abrasive fisherman from “Jaws”), who plays the henchman SPECTRE uses to make sure the decoder eventually gets into their evil hands.  An early scene with Shaw is one of my memorable, movie moments of “FRWL.”  A high-ranking, female (and possibly lesbian) SPECTRE agent played by Lotte Lenya is assessing the fitness of Shaw.  She puts on brass knuckles on one of her hands, then hits Shaw in the midsection.  Shaw barely reacts, and Lotte scurries off saying something like, “He’s fit enough.”  What the hell!  I would’ve been like, “I’m no longer fit because you hit my liver with brass knuckles, b@#*h!”

Another memorable, movie moment of “From Russia With Love” is the scene when Lotte is interviewing the Russian chick for the assignment of seducing Connery in order to get him to help steal the decoding machine.  Lotte clearly shows her sexual desire for the Russian chick by touching her leg and caressing other body parts.  I was very surprised to see this in a movie that was made in 1963; about as surprising as seeing a NYC, DMV worker without an attitude.

The number one, most memorable, movie moment of “From Russia With Love” is the introduction of Q, the man who gives James Bond all the gadgets that will give him the edge over his enemies.  The scene takes place with little fanfare: Q introduces Connery to the briefcase gadget (hidden throwing knife, tear gas surprise, gold coins, an AR-7 rifle that collapses in its own stock, and cartridges for the rifle) while inside M’s office.  Although Q’s explanation of the briefcase gadget is as boring as someone reading the ingredients of a Yoplait yogurt, it is still very exciting to see how it all started!

So for those of you James Bond fans, this is a movie that you should watch again if you haven’t watched it in many years, because it’s the one that puts the Bond movies in the direction that it took for the next 5 decades.

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Have you ever watched a series for years, then watched the first episode that was ever made, and was shocked at how different it was from the way it currently is?  Well, that was the case with me when I watched “Dr. No.”  There’s no pre-title, over the top, action sequence.  There’s no over the top, 30 minute action sequence at the end.   There are many quiet scenes where Bond is just doing everyday things like fixing himself a drink, or looking over his hotel room.  And there are no cool gadgets.

What we do have is an ultra-cool, very young Sean Connery at the height of his machismo!  We have a young, ultra sexy Ursula Andress!   We have a villain who is supposed to be half Chinese, half German; and played by a white dude with special make-up to make his eyes look Asian!  And for this Blu-ray disc, we have an excellent transfer and restoration from the original camera negative.

“Dr. No” has James Bond sent to Jamaica to investigate a missing field operative.  It turns out a villain named Dr. No had the agent killed in order to stop his investigation into Dr. No’s secret hideout and the evil things he is doing there.  Along the way, Connery meets Andress and they both infiltrate Dr. No’s base in order to stop this pseudo-Asian from making the world a worse place.

This movie is far from my favorite Bond movie; but it still deserves respect and high praise because it’s the one that started it all, and it has the stunning Ursula Andress.   Let’s also keep in mind this movie came out in 1962, and for that time, “Dr. No” had a ton of action, and it oozed lots of cool.

One of my memorable, movie moments is — of course — Ursula Andress’ first scene when she is coming out of the ocean wearing her bikini and knife.   She is a gorgeous woman; and possibly the finest product to come out of Switzerland.   Sorry, Swiss Army Knife, you’ll have to take a back seat to Honey Ryder.

My most memorable, movie moment is the scene where M tells bond to stop carrying a Beretta semi-automatic pistol, and switch to a Walther PPK semi-automatic pistol.  Wow!  I never knew Bond carried a Beretta early in the series.

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