From Russia With Love

Trivia: When Bay is about to kill the man that was hanging on the movie banner, look carefully at the names on the banner. The names are Albert R Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, the producers of the Bond movies.

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Trivia: Originally, "Thunderball" was to follow "Dr. No." Then, the producers read a list of then-President Kennedy's top ten favorite books, and among them was "From Russia With Love." They decided to make that film next to cash in on this endorsement.

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Trivia: On the train passing Bond is an old man with a walking stick, the man is Ian Fleming, the writer of the Bond books.

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Trivia: The wife of producer Harry Saltzman can be seen leaning out the window on the Orient Express, next to the car in which Robert Shaw ("Red Grant") was riding.

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Trivia: Pedro Armendariz was battling terminal cancer during filming and barely managed to finish the film before he was hospitalized. He committed suicide just weeks after completing his work on the 007 film.

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Trivia: There have been some problems with the shooting of the rat scene in the Istanbul sewers. At first, white lab rats were considered. In order to make them brown, they were coated with chocolate powder; but the rats found the substance too delicious and spent their shots licking each other off. Finally, real rats were used, but they went amok in the studio. Sean Connery relieved the situation by simply opening the door.

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Trivia: During the chess game between Kronsteen and McAdams, the position that appears on the board was taken from a real game played between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein in 1960, the game is well known amongst chess players all over the world, Spassky won the game in brilliant fashion, and it was his actual moves that Kronsteen plays during the end of the game.

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Trivia: The actor playing the Bond double strangled by Red Grant in the pre-credits sequence naturally resembled Sean Connery so much that the scene was re-shot with another actor with a moustache.

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Trivia: According to the book "Death of a President" by William Raymond Manchester, this was the last motion picture John F. Kennedy ever saw, on 20 November 1963, in the White House.

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Trivia: When Bond and Sylvia are in the boat with their picnic another boat goes past and says something. Bond then says something to Sylvia. They have the radio on and listen to the song that is playing. It is the movie's theme song.

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Trivia: During the boat chase towards the end of the film, the explosion got completely out of control, burning Walter Gotell's eyelids and seriously injuring three stuntmen.

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Trivia: Red Grant has no dialogue until he first meets Bond, first speaking in a rich, upper-class English accent. After Grant has revealed his true identity to Bond, his English accent changes into a lower-class Irish accent as he explains the SPECTRE background plot.

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Trivia: Due to his distinct facial features making such an impression on the director Terence Young, Vladek Sheybal was cast in the role of Kronsteen without even taking a screen test.

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Trivia: Although it lasts for only a few minutes on screen, the fight between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw in the train compartment took three weeks to film and most of it was performed by the actors themselves.

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Trivia: In the closing credits, you can see a question mark next to Blofeld's name. The actor who played Blofeld in this film was Anthony Dawson, who had previously played Professor Dent in "Dr. No". Eric Pohlmann provided Blofeld's voice.

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Trivia: The actor intended to play Captain Nash, whose place Grant takes at the Zagreb train station, didn't actually show up for filming. Location manager Bill Hill performed the role instead.

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Trivia: Director Terence Young's wife is the lady who appears on a bridge in Venice filming Bond and Tatiana as they pass beneath in a gondola.

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Trivia: Daniela Bianchi was dubbed throughout the film by British actress Barbara Jefford, as she spoke almost no English and spoke her lines phonetically.

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Trivia: During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced pilot flew too close to Sean Connery, almost killing him.

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Trivia: It's mentioned elsewhere that Pedro Armendáriz had terminal cancer and committed suicide shortly after filming his scenes. However, he was determined to finish his role in the film first in order to provide for his family. During the scene where Bond shoots Krilencu for him, and Kerim Bey uses his shoulder to brace the rifle for Bond, Sean Connery was actually holding Armendáriz up so that he could complete the scene.

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Trivia: Peter Burton, who played Major Boothroyd in "Dr No", was unavailable for this film, so Desmond Llewelyn replaced him. Llewelyn's name does not appear in the opening title sequence and is reserved for the closing credits, where he is credited as "Boothroyd." The character is not referred to by this name in the film, though M does introduce him as being from Q Branch.

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Trivia: This was the final James Bond film viewed by Ian Fleming before his death in 1964.

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Trivia: During filming, director Terence Young and a camerman nearly drowned when their helicopter crashed into the sea while filming a key sequence. They were rescued by other members of the film crew, and Young was back behind the camera thirty minutes after being rescued.

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Trivia: In both the British and American trailers, the name of every major cast member is mentioned, except one: Sean Connery.

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