From Russia With Love (1963)

A cunning web of DECEIT and almost-capture, thoroughly and persistently interrupted by sexism.

Regan Humphrey

In retaliation for the death of Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), SPECTRE plans to lure Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery), to his assassination, through a plot to pit Russian and British intelligence against one another over a high-tech cryptology device.


Soundtrack: 20%
Story: 100%
Writing: 40%
Diversity: 100%
Daring: 40%
Racism: PERVASIVE — 100%
Gender Bias: PERVASIVE — 100%
Homophobia: ABSENT — 0%

The ethnic diversity of Turkey and Russia is completely obscured by ethnically inaccurate casting. While this film could be applauded for the portrayal of a woman as predatory, imposing, and valued for her mental and executive faculties (Colonel Rosa Klebb), the damage done by the writing of character Tatiana Romanova undoes any forward steps made by the former.

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