- From Russia with Love (video game)
Infobox VG| title = From Russia With Love
Electronic Arts Rebellion Developments(PSP)
November 1, 2005
April 3, 2006
April 13, 2006
May 11, 2006
Single player, Multiplayer
ratings = ESRB: T
PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation Portable
"From Russia with Love" is a
video gamefeaturing Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bonddeveloped by Electronic Artsand released on November 1, 2005in North America. The game is based on the 1957 novel and the 1963 film of the same name. [cite web|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/gaming_frwl_connery.php3?t=&s=|title=From Russia With Love (VG) - James Bond 007 from EA Games :: MI6|date=2005-01-25|accessdate=2008-03-30] The game follows the storyline of the book and film, albeit adding in new scenes to make the game more action-oriented, as well as changing the affiliation of the main villains. Additionally, it features many elements of earlier Bond films to recreate the feel of the era such as the jet packfrom "Thunderball" (1965) and the Aston Martin DB5that debuted in "Goldfinger" (1964). [cite web|url=http://www.commanderbond.net/Public/Stories/2651-1.shtml |title=EA Confirms, Previews 'From Russia With Love' - James Bond 007 - CommanderBond.net - James Bond At Its Best|date=2005-01-31|accessdate=2008-03-30] "From Russia with Love" is also notable in that it is the first video game to use Sean Connery's likeness as James Bond and the first to include all new voice work by the actor. [cite web|url=http://xbox.ign.com/articles/608/608644p1.html|title=IGN: From Russia With Love|publisher= IGN.com|date=2005-04-29|accessdate=2005-12-24] "From Russia with Love" is the last video game EA Gamesmarketed before they lost the rights to Activisionin 2006.
April 5, 2005 Sean Connery was slated to lend his voice for the game, as well as likeness Connery said "As an artist, I see this as another way to explore the creative process. Video games are an extremely popular form of entertainment today, and I am looking forward to seeing how it all fits together." [ [http://ps2.ign.com/articles/601/601649p1.html IGN: Sean Connery Back as Bond ] ] October 20, 2005 -From Russia With Love was complete [ [http://ps2.ign.com/articles/660/660013p1.html IGN Advertisement ] ]
Gameplay and design
"From Russia with Love" is the first title developed by Electronic Arts Redwood Shores to use an integrated
game enginefor the 3rd personaction and driving segments. It was a new engine that was not based on any of the technology used for previous titles in the series but the result was similar to " Id Tech 3". [cite web|url=http://uk.videogames.games.yahoo.com/ps2/reviews/from-russia-with-love-9ac833.html|title=PS2 Games > From Russia With Love Review|publisher= Yahoo|date=2005-11-02|accessdate=2008-03-30]
The game was penned by Bond veteran
Bruce Feirsteinwho previously worked on the film scripts for " GoldenEye", " Tomorrow Never Dies", and " The World Is Not Enough", in addition to the script for the 2004 video game, "".
The game's soundtrack was composed by
Christopher Lennertz. Additionally, Vic Flick, best known for playing the original guitar riff in The James Bond Theme announced that he contributed to Lennertz's score.
Unlike in the 2004 game, "Everything or Nothing", "From Russia with Love" features a third-person
multiplayerdeathmatch mode, however it lacks a cooperative feature that was present in "Everything or Nothing".
One of the most obvious changes to the story for the video game is the absence of the villainous organization
SPECTRE, who played a vital role in the film version, but not the novel version of "From Russia with Love". Due to legal issues that have plagued the James Bond series of films since 1963, the organization was renamed as OCTOPUS and appears to lack a central leader in the same vein as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The SPECTRE name was tied up in a long-running dispute over the film rights to "Thunderball", between United Artists/MGM and the now-deceased writer Kevin McClory.The game begins with a standard pre-title sequence in which Elizabeth Stark, the British Prime Minister's daughter, is kidnapped by OCTOPUS while attending a party. Fortunately, Bond was assigned to attend the party for just such an event, and he defeats OCTOPUS and rescues Stark.
Similar to the film, OCTOPUS has conceived a plan to embarrass British secret service agent 007 for the death of
Dr. Julius Nofrom the film "Dr. No", in which No was an agent of SPECTRE (although not in the novel). The plan involves the theft of a Sovietencoding machine known as the Lektorwith the help of a defecting Soviet agent, Tatiana Romanova. Romanova, however, is being used by OCTOPUS to lure James Bond into a trap; their ultimate goal is to let him obtain the Lektor and then ambush him for it, killing him in humiliating fashion as well. Romanova is sent by Rosa Klebb, an agent of the KGB (in both the novel and film, an agent of SMERSH) who has secretly defected to OCTOPUS. Her immediate subordinate, Donald "Red" Grant, protects Bond through the first half of the game and attacks him in the second. The game ends with a final assault on OCTOPUS headquarters.
Many of the cast from the film, "From Russia with Love", return in likeness. Sean Connery, the first official actor to portray James Bond in the
EON Productionsfilm series returned to the role for the first time in 22 years (previously the unofficial 1983 film, " Never Say Never Again"). Connery not only allowed for his likeness of Bond to be used (appropriately from the 1963 film), but also recorded all new voice work for the character.
* Miss Elizabeth Stark: Stark is the daughter of the British Prime Minister, whom Bond rescues in the pre-title sequence.
* Eva Adara: The driver and henchwoman of Red Grant. She is both a driver and pilot. She is ultimately killed in the level "Octopus Base" where she attacks Bond with a parked fighter jet. When it is damaged to the point where it is about to be destroyed, she flies down the underground runway at Bond who is using a jet pack. Bond easily avoids her plane which then smashes into the closed hangar doors at the end of the tunnel. Her role in the game was, however, minor.
Release and reception
EGM = 6.17 of 10
GI = 7.75 of 10
GSpot = 7.0 of 10 [cite web|url=http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/fromrussiawithlove/review.html|title=From Russia With Love for Xbox Review - Xbox From Russia With Love Review|publisher=
GSpy = 4 of 5 [cite web|url=http://xbox.gamespy.com/xbox/james-bond-007-from-russia-with-love/662964p1.html|title=GameSpy: From Russia With Love Review|publisher=
IGN = 7.9 of 10 [cite web|url=http://xbox.ign.com/articles/662/662903p1.html|title=IGN: From Russia With Love Review|publisher=
XPlay = 3 of 5 [ [http://podcasts.g4tv.com/videoDB/010/262/video10262/xp5134fromrussiawithlove_pod.mp4 X-Play's Review of "From Russia with Love"] ]
GamePro = 4 of 5
1UP = C+ [cite web|url=http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3145440&p=3&sec=REVIEWS|title=James Bond 007: From Russia With Love Xbox Review Index, James Bond 007: From Russia With Love Reviews|publisher=
compilation = yes|
MC = 71 of 100 [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbx/fromrussiawithlove?q=From%20Russia%20With%20Love|title=From Russia With Love (xbx: 2005): Reviews|publisher=
GR = 70%cite web|url=http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages4/927019.asp|title=From Russia With Love reviews|publisher=
MG = 74 of 100 [cite web|url=http://www.mobygames.com/game/007-from-russia-with-love|title=007: From Russia with Love - MobyGames|publisher=
MobyGames|accessdate=2008-03-30] Electronic Arts announced on November 1, 2005 that it was shipping "From Russia With Love" for release. [ [http://ps2.ign.com/articles/663/663470p1.html IGN Advertisement ] ]
Within three months of its release, it had sold approximately 277,000 copies. [cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/06/technology/06game.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin|title=Wave of Video Game Fatigue Afflicts Sales, Not Thumbs - New York Times|publisher=
New York Times|date=2006-02-06|accessdate=2008-03-30]
* [http://www.eagames.com/official/bond/fromrussiawithlove/us/home.jsp Official site]
*imdb title|id=0455566 |title=James Bond 007: From Russia with Love
* [http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/j/jamesbond007fromrussiawithlove/details.page/ "From Russia with Love" at Xbox.com]
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