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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

From Russia With Love is my favorite Bond movie. I love a lot of ‘em, especially in the Connery era, but there’s something special about From Russia With Love. Sure, I’m mildly obsessed with Robert Shaw, but his Donald Grant is a flat-out badass. I mean, he opens the movie killing Sean Connery! How much more badass can you get? (Yes, I know it wasn’t REALLY Connery, but still).

One of these days I’ll run a nice BTS pic from this film that features a memorable scene (the knock-down, drag-out train fight, perhaps?), but today I have a nice little bit of Bondian coolness for you: Creator meeting creation!

Ian Fleming visits with Sean Connery on the set of From Russia With Love. It’s not an earth-shattering image, but a very, very cool one for Bond fans. Enjoy!

Thanks to Frank Mugavero for sending this one along! Click to embiggen!



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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic features another famous writer on another famous set (with a famous director to boot).

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  • June 16, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't that have caused the universe to explode or something?

    by sonnyfern

  • June 16, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    am I the only one who actually liked 'Sir' Roger Moore as Bond?

    by Titus05

  • June 16, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Why is the guy on the right wearing a fake nose and glasses?

    by Franxious

  • June 16, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Bond is RACIST!

    by john

    I kid. Michael Fassbender for Bond. We can get ten good years out of that guy.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST



    Spielberg directing Moore on the set of FYEO (1981) makup artist applying fake tears on Connerys face in final scene of OHMSS (1969) Nicolas Meyer directing Stewart, Shatner and Nimoy on the battle scarred bridge set of the Enterprise A in Star Trek Generations (1994) R Scott directing Arnie in Colonial Marine garb as producer/screenwriter J Cameron looks on from the set of Alien 5 (2004) Bryan Singer adjusting Christopher Reeves' spit curl on the FOS set of Superman Returns (2006) Verhovan and make up FX guys laughing at Arnolds head sticking out the horses ass from set of Crusade (1995) Mel Gibson lighting up and knocking them back next to a petrol tanker on the Australian highway from Fury Road (2004) Cameron doing the two handed framing thing on the post Judgement Day wasteland set as Michael Biehn watches HK being crane lifted - Terminator 3 (1996) Tarentino doing a cool overhead shot of Bond (Brosnan) taking on Le Chiffe (Sam Jackson) at the card table Spielberg setting up the highly anticipated first meeting between Obi Wan (Brangah) and Anakin (Neeson) on the set of Star Wars Episode I (1994) as Lucas stands in the background chatting to Charlton Heston (Qui Gon)

  • June 16, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Hands down my favourite Bond flick of all.

    by King_Knut

    Because not only is it great as a Bond flick (the whole wish-fulfilment thing), but it is possibly the only Bond film which stands up as a spy thriller in its own right. And yes, Red Grant is epic. Red wine with fish, anyone?

  • June 16, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Racist? Bond probably wasn't...

    by Hipshot

    Classist? Yes. Elitist? Yes. Now...Flemming? I'd say "yeah" but not in a KKK sort of way. More like a matter-of-fact "well, you know the Lesser Breeds don't quite have it..." sort of way. Reading "Live and Let Die" today is an embarrassment, and notice that his two non-white villians, Dr. No and Mr. Big (Live and Let Die...I think that was his name) were both half-white, as if he couldn't make himself believe Asians or Blacks could be smart enough without white blood. In the movies, they've been pretty careful for a long time, and I love 'em. But I do still cringe every time Connery tells Quarrel to "fetch my shoes" in "Dr. No" and Quarrel's eye-rolling Negroid display in the swamps. Sigh. But that was an artifact of the times, and frankly, they've been pretty cool racially since that time.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Connery - Scotland's Greatest Movie Star

    by BenBraddock

    Now and Forever

  • June 16, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Best Connery Bond film by far

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Second best Bond film of the whole series.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by Sirmausalot

    This is my favorite as well. I also think On Her Majesties Secret Service gets a bad rap. It's one of the strongest scripts (next to this one) and Lazenby is just fine

  • June 16, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    you've had your six


    Best Kiss Off line Ever.

  • June 16, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Yeah... but you know he'll kick wesley Snipes' ass

    by BenBraddock

    in the slammer

  • June 16, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Ian Fleming = Werner Herzog?!?!?!?!

    by son_of_ebert

  • June 16, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    I like Moore's Bond. He's the Bond I was first introduced to, and grew up with, so that has a lot to do with it. Now, I know Connery is better. And Moore was a bit too much of a dandy to embody Bond, but I love his movies, and he's my Bond. My all time favorite movie? The Spy Who Loved Me. Again, I know there are better Bond movies on every technical level, but that was the perfect Bond movie to me. One of the few that got the perfect balance of over-the-top fun, and actual tension. From Russia With Love is a classic thriller in every way, and may well be argued to be Bond's best (minus some painfully bad back-projection work that was awful at the time, and hasn't aged any better). But I loved the fun of Moore's days. Your first Bond is the best Bond, in my humble opinion.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Yesh...mosht definately..My personal favorite will always be Goldfinger

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    But FRWL has one of my all-time favorite fight scenes. Brutal and realistic looking.

  • June 16, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Now that is one suave, badass motherfucker

    by Somerichs

    George Clooney ain't got nothin' on him....

  • June 16, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Roger Moore was a great 007

    by Ditko

    The day will come when people start to understand that fact. Now is just not cool to like him as Bond. Oh well...I also liked Dalton, so what do I know?

  • June 16, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Early Moore is OK.

    by Truxton Spangler

    Then they got progressively worse, until the last one fell off a cliff. A View to a Kill was wretched, and would have been even without him. I tend to judge each one of the series more as overall films, rather than zeroing in too much on who is playing Bond. There are ones I like and dislike for every actor who has played the part.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    No love for Craig?

    by Crobran

    Well, first, sticking with the main point of this here article, that *is* a mighty cool pic. <br /> <br /> I also grew up with Moore, and for most of my life, thought of him as Bond. But now Daniel Craig has come along and revamped my vision of Bond. I like Craig's more bull in a china shop, chainsaw-not-a-scalpel approach. I do hope they get their act together and deliver another Bond film with Craig, but that they do a better job than they did with Quantum.

  • June 16, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    It's a shame Fleming died right before Goldfinger was released

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's cool he was there to witness the success of Dr. No and FRWL as films (and both are fairly faithful to the original books, the latter more than the former), but I wonder what it would have like if he had witnessed the full brunt of mid-60's Bond Mania that came after the release of Goldfinger (wah-WAH-wah!) and Thunderball, and the many more 007 books he might have written into the 70's or even 80's.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Connery as Bond

    by Colin Dent

    Without doubt, the best piece of casting of the 1960's. If I remember correctly, Fleming wasn't best pleased when they decided to cast the ex-milkman from Edinburgh as his suave upper-class superspy, and it was Terence Young's job to 'Pygmalionise' the rough 'n' ready Scot. And guess what? It worked. Perfectly! Connery saw Bond as a sensualist who lived his life to the full, but tempered that with a devotion to his duty that underpinned everything he did on screen as the character. I saw FRWL at a second run cinema in Northern England at the age of five, before I ever saw 'Dr No' and I was hooked on the premise of a cool British dude. And believe me, until Connery , there were no cool British dudes. I also have a huge respect for OHMSS, and thought Lazenby a very good replacement for Connery. However, if 'Big Tam' had been in it, I suspect he may not have waited until the mid-eighties to pick up his Academy Award.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Bond was a big part of growing up for me

    by BlaGyver

    I remember when I was in 4th grade, my best friend's dad started showing him Bond movies and he wouldn't shut up about how great they were. He finally got me over to his house one Friday night to spend the night (we were 9 at the time) and his dad had rented Thunderball. Good lord, that was it for me. We spent the next two years of elementary school watching every Bond movie we could get our hands on. I have a soft spot for Moore because the first Bond movie I ever owned was a DVD of The Man with the Golden Gun (I still dig it, mostly out of nostalgia/Christopher Lee/A fucking midget sidekick) but I gotta give my favorite Bond flick cards to Goldfinger, Live and Let Die and Casino Royale. And if this puts in perspective how shitty Timothy Dalton/George Lazenby were, we could tell they sucked when we were 10 and didn't know jack shit about acting or movies.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    And as for Roger Moore

    by Colin Dent

    His tenure in the role might very well have sold tickets, but the pastel safari suits and tepid love scenes were poles apart from Sean's interpretation. I just couldn't buy that 'raise left eyebrow, raise right eyebrow' school of drama. Roger Moore was a straight-from-TV hack.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by surprider22

  • June 16, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by surprider22


  • June 16, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    King/Kubrick King/Depalma?

    by Katet19

  • June 16, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by Shankapotomus

    Like many, Moore was the Bond of my childhood. I loved him then but found his Bond campy later as I was able to enjoy Connery. But recently I've watched the Spy Who LovedMe, Live and Let Die and Moonranker again and I really enjoyed them. You have to go in with your eyes open. This is a different take on Bond - not a spoof of Connery's Bond, but certainly more tongue in cheek with a wink and a nod. In my opinion you can enjoy both on their own merits. Tomorrow pic: Kubrick and King on the set of the Shining?

  • June 16, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    FRWL has my favorite Bond girl, Daniela Bianchi.

    by Tacom

    She was so beautiful.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Goldfinger Still King

    by Acquanetta

    Goldfinger is Connery's best, simply because it gave the world- and cinema- something entirely new. There's a reason it instantly became the film every subsequent Bond entry- and rival series- tried to duplicate. From Russia With Love may be a great film, but it also tries a little too hard to imitate Hitchcock. In that respect, Goldfinger is much closer to Fleming's original intent. He wasn't trying to create realistic spy thrillers or great literature- no matter how much fans may want to revise history. Fleming's goal was escapism, pure and simple, and his books were nothing like what other espionage writers were doing at the time. If the James Bond of the 1950s had been the kind of uber-serious, realistic hero people try to portray him as today, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. Take away the over-the-top villains, colorful women with punny names, and escapist fantasy- in other words, all the elements that captured the public's imagination- and you'd have a dull hero lost amid all the similar characters time has already forgotten.

  • June 16, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    You have inspired me with this one.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    gonna go chuck it on right now...

  • June 16, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I would've loved to see more Lazenby

    by Damned if I can login

    OHMSS is one the best, and Lazenby was quite the martial artist. But then again, Sean Connery did whip pretty-boy gangster Cocksure Johnny Stompenato's ass when challenged, and in this case real life is even better than the scores of movie fights he's been in. But then again, Diamonds are Forever had probably the best rack in all the Bond films with Lana Wood. Huh huh huh...I said WOOD. Oh my frag....I just Google Imaged Lana Wood and I completely forgot what the hell I was doing....

  • June 16, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Awesome! My favorite BTS photo yet.

    by epitone

    I mean, they were probably having a horribly offensive conversation about getting women drunk and having their way with them, but the photo is a wonderful time capsule nonetheless.

  • June 16, 2011, 1 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Ever see the martial arts films he did? He used to teach combatives to the Australian armed forces. Believe he's a black belt in jiu jitsu or something. "The Dragon Flies" and "Shatter" (I think) were two of the movies. He wasn't bad at all. A little stiff, but perfectly bad-ass. Hell, he was supposed to do a movie with Bruce Lee before Lee died. Talk about bad timing!

  • ...and not look like an effete twat.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    And I can find something to love in ALL the Bonds, even Dalton.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    But none of them come close to Connery's Bond.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    C'mon, A View To a Kill was all kinds of cool

    by Ditko

    A 60 year old Bond, that crazy Jones chick, the car scene and Walken? Gimme a break!

  • June 16, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    From Russia With Love is one of my faves as well.

    by Royston Lodge

    It includes an awesome fist fight, no undersea super-villain lairs, minimal gadgets, and real honest-to-goodness Russians! It's the most "serious" of the Connery Bond flicks. I love "serious" Bond movies.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    wins a tie with Goldfinger as the best of the Connery Bonds

    by ragingfluff

    and probably it's a little better. Goldfinger is more fun to watch, but Goldfinger was pointing the way the series would head (gadgets, really bad puns). From Russia With Love is a great spy thriller with a thoroughly nasty, as opposed to cartoonish, villain

  • June 16, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    When Grant talked about killing Bond slow

    by Hipshot

    Did you notice he lowered the gun to point at Connery's crotch? That...was exquisite.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Moore sucked

    by lock67ca

    Lazenby should have stuck with the role, once Connery decided he'd had enough. OHMSS was fantastic, and Lazenby was good in it. His agent actually talked him out of the role after he was offered a multi-film contract. Craig is the Best Bond since Connery.

  • June 16, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Definitely my favorite Bond movie as well

    by GoDFaDDa42

    The train fight sequence is masterfully choreographed. It looks like two trained military men beating the crap out of each other in a tight space, with no crazy martial arts nonsense or shaky-cam/extreme close-ups/etc. Beautifully, simply done. And Bianchi is super-hot.

  • June 16, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I love Flemming using a cigarette holder!

    by Ruester

    Think I'll go out and buy one...

  • June 16, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Young. Terence Young.

    by SnootyBoots

    My understanding is that when Connery was cast as Bond he was pretty rough around the edges. Nothing like the suave, sophisticated 007. But Terence Young (director of DR NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE) was and he not only directed Connery but literally taught him how to be Bond.

  • June 16, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    If you continue to think Timothy Dalton was a shitty Bond as an adult

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    then you STILL don't know shit about acting or movies. Dalton was an excellent Bond, and The Living Daylights one of the series' best.

  • ...and Living Daylights was a GREAT movie. Great story, great effects (the whole cargo plane action sequence fucking ROCKED!), Olivia D'Abo (sp?) was cute as all hell, great score, and Dalton was dark, the way a professional killer should be. Unfortunately, "License To Kill" was an abomination...

  • June 16, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Hell, I even own the Living Daylights soundtrack.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    A-HA rules, fuckers!

  • June 16, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Damn, if Living Daylights is minority...

    by Ruester

    I guess I'm an ant crawling down the driveway. I actually liked License to Kill. Is it the best Bond film? Fuck no. But I would much rather watch "License" than "Tomorrow Never Dies" or "Never Say Never Again" *shutter*

  • June 16, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    TLD is the better movie but I wouldn't describe LTK as terrible, either...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    It had its moments. In a way, it was almost a dry run for Quantum of Solace (whether that's good or bad depends on your opinion of that flick). It was tough and gritty, Robert Davi was an excellent villain, and the truck chase at the end was full of some pretty spectacular stunt work. On the other hand, it looked cheap and like an episode of Miami Vice at times. Clearly they were trying to compete with the R-rated action of the time, like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Also, while Dalton excelled at the moody and serious aspects of the character he was not much good with humor or swagger. But overall, I, too, prefer it to some of the Brosnan entries. And the less said about Never Say Never Again, the better. How come Connery looks younger in that one than DAF, which was 12 years earlier? Weird...

  • June 16, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    TLD soundtrack was good...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    And the last one scored by John Barry for that matter.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    LTK cheapness

    by Hipshot

    I'm glad somebody said that. The rumor is that they were having budget problems, and that sense of 'cheapness' is all over it. Ugh! That...and the women were the sexual aggressors, rather than Bond tearing through them like tissue paper in his rage for vengeance. Oh, and Timothy Dalton's fight choreography, which was terrible. But I actually liked Dalton, and think he really tried.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit, it's Maryam D'Abo in TLD, actually...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Olivia D'Abo was her younger sister and appeared in Conan the Destroyer at age fourteen (making grown men feel like pedos). They were both hot, and would have made a great 'combo'. Ahem.

  • June 16, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Turd: Maryam, of course...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Jesus, yeah, dem sisters is aight...

  • June 16, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that's what I meant

    by Ruester

    Sure LTK was campy and cheap, but at least it was fun! Fun, Goddamnit! I think LTK is the over-rated film to overly criticize of series. Does that make sense?

  • June 16, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I always liked Timothy Dalton's movies

    by lochkray

    But then, I always go with the cliche that all Bond movies are like pizza and sex...even when they're bad, they're still good.

  • June 17, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    License to Kill

    by dukeroberts

    Dalton is my least favorite Bond and LTK is my least favorite Bond movie, but I still sat down and watched it when it was on TV several months ago. So, I agree, Bond movies are like pizza and sex. The Living Daylights was pretty damn good though.

  • June 17, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Bond ratings

    by TinkerTIW

    OHMSS is my favorite, but I'd go FRWL and Goldfinger as 2 & 3 (and Craig's CR as 4th). OHMSS and FRWL were the two that were closest to the books they were based on, which explains why they were so well done. Lazenby was at a showing of OHMSS at the Aero in Santa Monica last September and his first words when introduced after the movie were "too bad that guy couldn't act." (He told an hour's worth of great stories and it was taped, but I've never seen the interview released anywhere.)

  • June 17, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Most beautiful Bond girl>> Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die

    by tritium

    Hands down classic beauty.

  • June 17, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Still a big opportunity being missed.

    by daglesj

    And thats for someone to remake the Bonds. Let me finish.... I dont mean the movies as such but the books. Let someone have a crack at making the books into films (or decent TV dramatisations) as they are actually plotted and written. Would be interesting to see them as the books envisaged. Take The Spy Who loved Me, Bond doesnt actually appear till about half way through the book. Would be really interesting I think.