James Bond 50: The Train Fight


As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The second film may have introduced Q and featured a villain (played by Lotte Lenya) that knew how to give her enemies a real kick… but the most talked-about scene remains the fight between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw on a train. Convincingly choreographed by director Terence Young (who used to dabble in boxing), the scene is long and exciting… but there was debate at the time over whether it was simply too violent. 14 years later, the train fight was restaged between Roger Moore and Richard Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me.

My 2004 review of From Russia With Love.

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