FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
1963, MGM/Park Circus, 118 min, Dir: Terence Young

Sean Connery’s second 007 outing finds Bond scouring exotic Istanbul for an elusive Lektor decoding machine. He’s helped by sly Pedro Armendariz and seductive Russian spy Daniela Bianchi, and hunted by Aryan super-killer Robert Shaw and sinister, butch Lotte Lenya as stiletto-toed Rosa Kleb.


YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
1967, MGM/Park Circus, 117 min, Dir: Lewis Gilbert

Director Lewis Gilbert directs the fifth movie starring Sean Connery as 007. To give Bond a headstart on the opposition, his death is faked. He’s then sent to Japan to honcho Tetsuro Tanba and operatives Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi (two of Toho Studios’ most charismatic contract actresses of the era). With a script by Roald Dahl.


GOLDFINGER
1964, Park Circus/MGM, 111 min, Dir: Guy Hamilton

"Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die," cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) as he prepares to rearrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and a high point in 1960s pop culture. Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bond’s nemesis-turned-partner Pussy Galore.


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