From Russia With Love (1963) Firsts

  • First pre-title action sequence
  • First hit theme song
  • First appearance of the back of Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s head
  • First appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s white Persian cat
  • First mention of SMERSH
  • First relationship of any kind with the Russians
  • First time Bond is in love with a Russian
  • First appearance of Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • First Q gadget (The breifcase)
  • First villian with a gadget (Grant’s watch)
  • First Bond boat chase
  • First appearance of Walter Gotell (Later played General Gogol)
  • Bond’s first unofficial marriage (Mr. and Mrs. Sommerset)
  • First returning Bond girl (Sylvia Trench)
  • First time Bond uses any kind of wireless communication device (the beeper)
  • First returning villain’s voice (Blofeld was played by Anthony Dawson-Dent in Dr. No)
  • First time Bond is being chased by a helicopter
  • First fight on a train
  • First appearance of Bond’s Bentley
  • The first time the girl waits for him when he enters the room.
  • The first time to use the 007 theme.
  • The first time Bond is in a mediterranean country.
  • First defection (even though it organized by SPECTRE)
  • First appearance of a car phone
  • First time 007 drives a pickup truck (1960 Chevrolet C30 flatbed)
  • First time a wristwatch contained gadgetry
  • First time 007 goes to Venice, Italy
  • First time the villain avenges a colleague’s death (Blofeld is angry over Dr. No’s death)
  • First time another Cubby Broccoli/Saltzman production appears in a Bond film (the poster for the film Call Me Bwana)