From Russia With Love Gadgets
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Flick Knife Shoes
It is a popular myth that Rosa Klebb unveiled the Flick Knife shoe in FRWL, but instead it was an unnamed henchman that got to use the deadly weapon first. We would have to wait until the movie’s climax before the loveable Rosa got here blade out, as it were.
In the first scene a sweaty Klebb appears to expect her imminent death, but a hidden Ernst Stavro Blofeld blames Tov Kronsteen for the loss of the Lektor and the failure to eliminate Bond.
The Chess Grandmaster gets the point, quite literally. It takes him twelve seconds to die. Understandably, Blofeld hopes a faster reacting venom can be found one day!
As Number Three in the SPECTRE organisation, Rosa Klebb, played by Lotte Lenya, was officially the female movie villain, and not until The World Is Not Enough, would we see anyone come close as a sinister match for 007.
As an Academy Award nominee (The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone), Lenya was a respected actor and singer and there have been few Bond villains that have matched her performance in From Russia With Love.
The Flick Knife Shoes played an even bigger role in the novel. Klebb killed James Bond. Well, that was Ian Fleming's original intention before he decided to write another book, where readers learned that Rene Mathis had saved Bond and it was Klebb that had died.
Although our investigations have revealed many modern variations, or at the very least, further information on the gadgets and devices from the James Bond movies, we have perhaps unsurprisingly, not been able to root out any Flick Knife Shoes. We do however have some links to a few shoe stores with some great deals.