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From Russia With Love

Released 1963
Distributor United Artists

About From Russia With Love

The success of Dr. No proved to be no fluke when its more adventurous followup became one of the biggest international boxoffice hits of the decade and set in motion a worldwide avalanche of 007 imitations. John F. Kennedy’s favorite spy went on to spearhead the longest lasting movie franchise in history, though Kennedy didn’t live to see the next installment, Goldfinger.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.