Post by twothousandonemark on Oct 9, 2018 2:39:56 GMT
A+ my #28 all time, FRWL is so beyond anything else in the franchise. Past the obvious traits, there are several creative choices that set it apart. SPECTRE filming Bond & Tatiana's tryst to this day seems underground geopolitics at any & all costs. Grant as ultimate assassin, above the juvenile fray of Bond villains to come, is a near flawless villain. As the movie moves with fun & action, it's Grant's iron cold presence in the background which adds to the film's heft. This is a real spy movie, not a circus show. Istanbul, the Orient Express, those are classic stages for cloak & dagger, esp during the height of Cold War. Pedro Armendariz as Kerim Bey is easily one of my favourite cinematic sidekicks, he brings both legitimacy & levity hand in hand.
9/10. A stellar, well-directed spy thriller with great performances from Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, and Lotte Lenya. Pedro Armendáriz, who was sadly dying while filming, was a perfect Bond ally as Kerim Bey. John Barry and the screenwriters really helped to evaluate the already great novel into a masterpiece. While the film is pretty much straight and serious-minded, the tongue-in-cheek humor is pretty well-used without being distracting.