Jump Cut 3 -
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Note, 7.22.06: An updated and amended version of this article with new information is at This Link.
Who has cut the end of From Russia with Love? What's missing, and why?
At the end of From Russia with Love, Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi are blithely
cruising on a Venetian canal (okay, okay, in front of a rear-projection of a Venice canal)
when Connery produces the 8mm roll of blackmail film taken in the Istanbul bridal suite. He
holds it up to examine a length of it against the sunlight, and says 'He was right, you know'.
Before Bianchi can answer, there is a really obvious cut. A new angle pops on with the actors
in different positions and the dialog proceeds as if something substantial has been cut out.
Matt Munro singing the title song in the background jumps forward a few notes, indicating
that maybe two or three seconds of film are missing.
Savant doesn't pretend to know everything and this is an occasion that demonstrates it. I
have been unable to get an answer to this question from the usual James Bond experts I
know, and I haven't yet seen a shooting script for From Russia, so I can only guess
as to why this cut is here. I don't know if older videotapes have the same cut, and I
don't know whether or not this is the way the film screened in theaters. Pressed to
make my best guess, I'd speculate that in the missing dialog Bond might compare the
blue-movie blackmail ploy to England's notorious Profumo sex scandal of the time. A joke
like that would be considered embarassing to the Brits and might have been cut for export. It's
just a fun guess.
Anyone know for sure? Have some proof, a script page perhaps? I'd be grateful for some
help in publishing the truth here.
FOLLOWUP: Two really helpful responses - do these responses jog anyone's memory? Any U.K.
collectors care to check out their copies of From Russia with Love? I want to see
it for myself to consider the case closed. MGM V.S.
"It doesn't get better, it gets deeper. After reading about the jump cut, I examined
an old 16mm print made in England at Technicolor (it's an IB print) at the time
Thunderball was about to be released. The cut is there. Bond says , "He was
right you know", then the cut. The amazing thing is that there is a hot splice
in the release print at that point, indicating to me that the negative and sound
tracks were not cut. (NOTE: good call. V.S.) This print has the revised "end credit"
i.e. The End, but he'll be back in....
Also Technicolor London used to ink edge number the release prints and according
to the edge numbering nothing is missing! Perhaps someone who worked at Technicolor
London in 1963 or 1964 could provide an answer. I would guess this material
is missing from all American copies, although where the leader survived it says
it is "production 17286, Version USA Short Version" (although I never heard that
there were "different" versions of From Russia with Love.)." - - John
"I am a member of the James Bond 007 International Fan Club and an expert
on all matters concerning 007. In the original edit of the scene, Sean Connery holds
up the film and says,"he was right you know - what a performance", referring to
his and Tatiana's sexual exploits in the hotel. At the time it was thought that
this piece of dialogue was a bit risque and so it was cut. This is why there is
a jump of a few seconds in the final scene." -- Regards, Dale McFadzean Esq.
Text © Copyright 1997 Glenn Erickson
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