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YMMV: From Russia with Love

The film:

  • Even Better Sequel: To Dr. No and might have gotten its own in Goldfinger.
  • Fridge Logic: Couldn't the Gypsy Prince decide FOR HIMSELF which girl to marry?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bond saying on being issued his Q gadgets, "I shouldn't think I'll need it on this assignment."
    • Sean Connery would later appear in the 1974 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.
    • In this film Bond faces off against what would be the first in a long line of burly blonde Aryan looking henchmen in the form of Donald "Red" Grant. A little less than 50 years after this film was made the world was given a blonde James Bond (in contrast to the usual dark haired Bonds) in Daniel Craig.
  • Ho Yay / Even the Guys Want Him:
    Kerim Bey: "James, life in Istanbul will never be the same without you."
  • Memetic Mutation: From [X] With Love.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For most of the film, Grant appears to simply be a professional doing his work. Then he and Bond finally meet and we see what a twisted bastard he really is.
    "My orders are to kill you and deliver the Lektor. How I do it's my business. It'll be slow and painful. The first shot won't kill you. Nor the second. Nor even the third. Not until you crawl over here and kiss my foot!"
  • Narm / Mundane Made Awesome: Bond checks into his hotel room and casually walks around checking for bugs...with the Bond theme playing in the background the whole time. It's like the Bond canon version of Mike and the bots blurting out "BA-DA-BA-DAAAAAAAAAAA!" during the boring bits of Agent For H.A.R.M..
    • Not so Mundane Made Awesome: Klebb trying to kill Bond by kicking him in the crotch with her poison tipped shoe while he holds her at bay with a chair.
  • Special Effect Failure: The actor playing Kerim Bey dabs his arm with a red sponge to simulate being shot during the gypsy camp fight.

The novel:

  • Funny Moments/Crosses the Line Twice: Tatiana asks why British men don't wear cologne like Russian men do. Bond replies "We wash."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kerim Bey's given name in the novel was "Darko".
  • Nausea Fuel: Fleming's extremely detailed description of what it feels like to be shot in the heart.
  • Tear Jerker: The chapter "Out of Danger," where Bond has to break the news of Kerim's death to his son and M.
  • Values Dissonance: Kerim's kidnapping, imprisoning, and attempting to brainwash a woman into loving him in his backstory is portrayed as a mere "youthful indiscretion" that the Service quickly straightened out of him, rather than the serious crime it would be extremely difficult to redeem oneself from that it would be seen as today. This can definitely hamper modern readers' sympathy for Kerim.
    • Bond and Tatiana telling Domestic Abuse jokes. Even as playful banter it's doubtful this would fly today outside of a Black Comedy.

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