Watch out the cupholder S.P.E.C.T.R.E. delivers to his agent Number Five and Head of Planning, Kronsteen, calling him to report immediately to the organization's Headquarter!
the Czech Kronsteen plays in the "International Grandmasters Championship Final" against the Canadian Mac Adams. The score is 11½ - 11½, suggesting the last game in a World Championship match..
The setting is a beautiful old castle
with a huge demonstration board where the pieces are moved with long sticks on a magnetic type of board. A large audience watches the games in this classic chess scenery.
From Russia with Love, written by Ian Fleming was published in 1957
as the fifth novel of his James Bond series.
It was then the second James Bond cinema film, starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent '007' James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman,
and directed by Terence Young.
One of the villains is Kronsteen (brilliantly played by Vladek Sheybal), an arrogant mastermind of evil and grandmaster plotter for the organisation SMERSH, labelled S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the movies, as
a later James Bond film in 2015, featuring Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond, is named Spectre in the title design.
Kronsteen is also a world-class chess player who, when asked if his plan would be successful,
"It will be. I've anticipated every possible variation of countermove."
The position in the movie on the wallboard when Kronsteen got new instructions is based on an intruiging
King's Gambit played by Boris Spassky and David Bronstein (Kronsteen!, well, in reality Bronstein lost) in the sixteenth round of the 27th USSR Championship held at the Chigorin Chess Club in Leningrad from January 26th to February 26th, 1960
and won by Viktor Korchnoi (ahead of shared runners-up Petrosian and Geller).
The game chosen by the film producers, was a magical masterpieces reminiscent of Grandmaster Boris Spassky's beautiful 23-move victory playing the King’s
Gambit against Grandmaster David Bronstein at Leningrad in 1960. The finish became immortalised on this film scene from the James Bond - 007 movie 'From Russia With Love'.
The missing white center pawns on d4 and c5 make the film scene inaccurate from
a pure chess perspective, but it's great cinema!
Appropriately our hero’s surname in reality (Spassky) has 007 letters. His first name (Boris) is an anagram of "orbis", Latin for "globe", and indeed Boris was going on to be the World
Champion from 1969-72.
Film casting and chess game:
Vladek Sheybal (Kronsteen in the film)
Madden (Mac Adams in the film)
From Russia with Love (The Bond movie)
Russia, with Love (The Bond novel)
//www.chess-in-the-cinema.de/showfilm.php?filmfile=6315.txt&pfad=6069 (Screenshots)//www.007james.com/characters/kronsteen.php (James
Bond Character - Kronsteen)
//sites.google.com/site/caroluschess/movies/from-russia-with-love (Background story)//expectyoutodie.blogspot.ch/2008/06/how-good-was-kronsteen.html (Blog
//en.chessbase.com/post/the-name-is-spaky-boris-spaky (Nigel Short on the King's Gambit)
Krabbé in his Open Chess diary #250)
//schach.chess.com/blog/billwall/off-the-wall-chess---from-russia-with-love (Bill Wall)
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAjRBzDy2GI (board visualisation of the film game, in Italian)
game Spassky vs. Bronstein)
//www.mark-weeks.com/aboutcom/aa08b09.htm (Every move of the origin game explained)
these two games)
An excellent film sequence combined with visual game analysis (in Italian language):
Footnote: Everybody knows about the movie from 1963, of course, but it was based on a book by Ian Fleming which was published in 1957. The usual theory is that Ian Fleming had another game in mind, played by Reshevsky and Botvinnik in 1955 (Reshevsky
won). The movie came out in 1963, but it seems reasonable to assume that it was supposed to be set in 1957, as the book is: //www.belgianchesshistory.be/cipc-51-from-russia-with-love/#more-7453
Video is taken from youtube: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdCo8UVxeXU
Watch out the following 'From Russia with Love' film scences with a briefing, too:
will be no failure!")
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7cEnaXU8Ec ("I warned you, ... we do not tolerate failure! You know the penalty. SPECTRE's rules are very simple if you fail")
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=AssugnHQ_OM ("He seems fit enough"; "Training is useful, but there is no substitute for experience")
are not here to ask questions!")
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXP2rzJaeWU ("Must we talk about it now?")
had her kicks")