From Russia With Love

Birthday of Daniela Bianchi [1942]

January 31st, 2019 by

Daniela Bianchi, who played Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963), was born in Rome on 31st January 1942. Because of her heavy accent, Bianchi was dubbed in the film (by Barbara Jefford). At just 21 years of age during filming, she remains the youngest leading Bond girl. Photo: from public domain publicity still

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Rosa Klebb actress Lotte Lenya died on this day in 1981

November 27th, 2018 by

The actress who played Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love died in New York on 27th November 1981. An Austrian singer, diseuse and actress, Lotte Lenya is remembered in the German-speaking world for her performances of the songs of Kurt Weill, to whom she was married. She was a long time resident of America and was nominated […]

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Collecting 007: Brendan Edwards

October 9th, 2018 by

Australian collector Brendan Edwards talks about his experiences of collecting 007 memorabilia. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? It was in 1989. I was 17 years old and discovered a copy of Thunderball in my garage. It only took me two days to read and I fell in love […]

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Birthday of Martine Beswick from Thunderball [1941]

September 26th, 2018 by

Martine Beswick, who played one of the two fighting gypsy girls From Russia With Love, Zora, and then Paula Caplan in Thunderball, was born in Port Antonio in Jamaica on 26th September 1941.

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Birthday of Sean Connery [1930]

August 25th, 2018 by

Sean Connery, who played James Bond in six films by Eon Productions as well as Kevin McClory’s Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again, was born in Edinburgh on 25th August 1930. For many fans Connery has never been bettered in the role of 007, bringing to the role the right balance between toughness and wit. Photo: Sean Connery by Georges […]

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Birthday of Robert Shaw from ‘From Russia with Love’ [1927]

August 9th, 2018 by

Robert Shaw, who played Donald Grant in From Russia with Love, was born in Lancashire on 9th August 1927. Photo: Robert Shaw. Licensed under Fair use provisions.

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Eunice Gayson dies at the age of 90

June 11th, 2018 by

Over the weekend we heard the sad news of the death of Eunice Gayson, who played Sylvia Trench in the first two James Bond films. Appearing right at the start of Dr No (1962), she helped introduce Sean Connery as 007 and in doing so became the first ever Bond girl, as shown in the […]

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Anniversary of From Russia, With Love publication in UK [1957]

April 8th, 2018 by

Ian Fleming’s 5th James Bond book, From Russia, With Love, was published on 8th April 1955 by Jonathan Cape. A Russian cipher clerk plans on defecting with a top secret cipher machine after she falls in love with 007’s photo. It’s so obviously a trap. But for what? Read more about From Russia, With Love

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Anniversary of From Russia With Love opening in New York [1964]

April 8th, 2018 by

The second James Bond movie, From Russia With Love, opened in New York on 8th April 1964 at the Astor Theatre, six months after its London premiere.  

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Birthday of 007 editor and director Peter Hunt [1925]

March 11th, 2018 by

The editor of the early James Bond films and director of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Peterf Hunt, was born on 11th March 1925 in London. Hunt was editor on the first four Bond films and introduced a fast paced style that helps lend a unique style to the series. On You Only Live Twice he directed […]

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