As heralded as the film is, itís not without its problems. There are plot points that are glossed over for the sake of moving the film along and Bond tends to get out of his sticky situations a little too easily. The positive for the film is that this is where Connery hit his stride and heís very impressive as Bond. If you want to know why the world fell in love with Connery and Bond, this is the movie to start with. He seems very natural as he makes the ladies swoon and the bad guys tremble with fear.
Watching the older Bond films on Blu-ray makes you forget they were made in the 60ís. The picture quality is pristine and Iím amazed at how clean and near-perfect the transfers are. So as I scoff at the horrible fight scenes and the overly dramatic women, I have to remind myself that these films were made in the 60ís. Even the audio blows you away and Russia has never looked better than it does on Blu-ray.
Ian Fleming, the CBC interview (7:43) and Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler (5:12) and Ian Fleming on Desert Island Discs (5:11): These are two old interviews with the man himself, Ian Fleming. Fleming was a good writer with a good imagination, but donít think that he had any other motivation for writing than money (Chandler was the same way). However, fans of his work should enjoy the featurette.
Inside From Russia With Love (33:43): This is a good look at the making of the film with good insight into the problems they had filming and the reasoning behind their decisions. This is good for all fans of the film. These are really the highlight of the Bond Blu-rays and contain all the information you want about the film in a 30 minute package.
Harry Saltzman: Showman (26:42): Harry was the producer and this is his story. Itís a nice featurette on a pretty impressive fellow. Iím sure a lot of newly acquainted Bond fans will not know who he is, but others are more than familiar with his name.
There are also a series of cool, vintage TV commercials