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In Memoriam of director Terence Young (1915-1994)

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Terence Young Dr No
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond History, remembering director Terence Young on the day he passed in 1994. A tremendous raconteur, Young was always proud to say that he directed the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962), the best James Bond film (1963's From Russia with Love) and the most successful James Bond film, Thunderball (1965).

Like many directors coming up in the 1940s, Young was forged in World War II, where he fought with one of the most decorated British units - the Guards Armored Division.

One of his earliest directing assignments was They Were Not Divided (1960), which was the story of his unit. Like his mentor, John Ford, Young started to develop a stock company of players - many of whom populated his Bond movies. And like Ford, he paid a lot of attention to making action realistic.

Two of his quintessential sequences are in From Russia with Love. The battle in the Gypsy Camp is one, prefaced by the erotic fight between two women (Aliza Gur, Martine Beswicke), and the exciting fight to the death between Bond (Sean Connery) and Grant (Robert Shaw) in the Orient Express train compartment - still a hallmark of the entire series.

Film students should study these sequences for how they're set up, the atmosphere, the sense of geography and the choreographed movements. Brilliant.

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