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From Russia With Love (1963), Movie

From Russia With Love (1963)

From Russia With Love: Sean Connery fights Robert Shaw in a cramped train compartment

This closed-quarters throw-down showed Sean Connery's Bond to be a rough-and-tumble brawler able to take on someone much more imposing than himself – in this case Robert Shaw's SPECTRE agent Red Grant. It set a new standard for movie fisticuffs and gets extra points for occurring on a train.

Also notable for Bond's more-bitchy-than-usual finishing quip as he removes the beaten Grant's pistol: "You won't be needing this...old man!". Meow.

Top Ten Bond Action Sequences

Early reactions say that Skyfall is one of the best Bond films, and its action set-pieces are indeed second-to-none. Dominic Corry takes a look at some of the best action set-piece predecessors from Bond's history.

21st November 2012 Dominic Corry