|Released||1963||Rating||PG in UK|
|Director||Terence Young||Writer/s||Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood|
|Starring||Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Bernard Lee, Walter Gotell, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn|
|Source of story||Book of the same name by Ian Fleming|
|Elevator Pitch||Bond is sent to Istanbul to recover a Russian code machine the Lektor, primarily by seducing an embassy secretary. He and she escape on the Orient Express but are pursued by Spectre heavy with dramatic results.|
|Content||Some seductions off screen, some girl on girl action in a gypsy encampment, violent fights on the train and an exciting boat chase.|
|A View||It creaks a bit, but it is still watchable – but perhaps I’m only saying that because I was in it, and fired a machine gun at James Bond. Daniela Bianchi was a weak link – despite winning Miss World, not very sexy.|
Additional Info: This was an early review on the site, but I have revisited it today, because Sean Connery died yesterday aged 90. The boat stuff was done on the West coast of Scotland, after the Turks had proved to be poor boat handlers. By this time the film was close to being abandoned. Imagine!