Sean and Daniela Bianchi during the filming of From Russia with Love. April 1963
From Russia with Love was the second James Bond film and released in 1963. It was based on the fifth novel of the same name by Ian Fleming and first published by Jonathan Cape in April 1957. In the film, Bond is sent to help in the defection of the Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey where SPECTRE plan to have Bond killed.
After the success of Dr NO United Artists approved a sequel but this time doubled the budget. Not a bad decision as the movie went on to take over $78 million at the worldwide box office – far more than its predecessor.
Lobby Card featuring Daniela Bianchi
Terence Young directing Connery and Bianchi.
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FILE – In this June 23, 1963 file photo, British writer Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy thrillers, sits in front of a Turkish train, as a gag, during a visit to the set of the film “From Russia With Love” in Istanbul, Turkey. Fleming, a former World War II intelligence officer, created 007 as a sort of fantasy alter-ego. (AP Photo/Ahmet Baran, File)
Daniela Bianchi pictured in London with Sean Connery with whom she will make her international film debut in ‘From Russia, With Love’- an Ian Fleming spy thriller again featuring British Secret Service agent James Bond 007.
From Russia With Love comic strip from the Daily Express and drawn by John McLusky
Signet S-1563 (Sept., 1958). Cover by Barye Phillips
From Russia with Love published by Jonathan Cape in April 1957 for 13s 6d. Cover by Richard Chopping.
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British actor Sean Connery, left, and Italian actress Daniela Bianchi are seen in Istanbul on Apr. 25, 1963. They are in Turkey filming ‘From Russia with Love’ in which Connery plays the part of MI6 agent James Bond and Bianchi plays the part of Tatiana Romanova. (AP Photo)
Robert Shaw in Turkey during the production of From Russia with Love