Dr. No (1962)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.


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  • Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
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  • Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
  • Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
  • Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
  • Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962)

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6 April 2006 | Lechuguilla
Had It Not Succeeded We Might Be Goldfingerless
"Dr. No" is not my favorite James Bond film. But I'm glad it succeeded, because it led to subsequent 007 films that were really very entertaining, especially "Goldfinger". Everything about "Dr. No": the story, the music, the special effects, the dialogue, even the acting is so ... tentative. The film lacks the self-confident flair and cinematic flamboyance that characterize later 007 films from the 1960s. That is not a criticism, given that "Dr. No" was the first Bond film, and was low-budget. No one knew how the film would be received.

Through the years Sean Connery is the only actor who has done justice to the James Bond character, in my opinion. Although his acting in "Dr. No" is probative at best, he still manages to convey an aura of intelligent charisma. And that charisma would become less restrained in later films.

The visuals in "Dr. No" are very dated. What seemed futuristic in 1962 seems stodgy now. All that engineering design, those clunky computers, and that modernistic interior decor, all included to wow viewers then, seem, half a century later, quaint, obsolete, even archaic. The film's story, about an evil genius out to scuttle the U.S. missile program and dominate the world, likewise seems dated. I must admit, however, that Joseph Wiseman, as the villain, is well cast, with his passive face and those eyes that seldom blink.

That the James Bond character and his adventures have survived all these years demonstrates the enduring appeal of cinematic heroes who, like superman, embody all that is good and strong, in their successful efforts to conquer evil. I just wish that contemporary 007 films had the cinematic credibility of those 1960's Bond films: "You Only Live Twice", "From Russia With Love", "Thunderball", and of course "Goldfinger", all of which owe their existence to the success of "Dr. No".

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ian Fleming wrote the story of 'Dr. No' in 1956 for an episode of a never-produced television series, "James Gunn Secret Agent", with the episode being titled "Commander Jamaica". The unused treatment was then expanded and used for the sixth James Bond novel 'Dr No' which had a working title of "The Wound Man" . Fleming based the character of Dr. No on Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu.


Quotes

James Bond: Now, don't worry, Quarrel. Everything's going to be fine.
Quarrel: You say so, Captain. Bottom part of where my belly used to be tells me different.
James Bond: For me, Crab Key's going to be a gentle relaxation.
Felix Leiter: From what? Dames?
James Bond: No, from being a clay pigeon.


Goofs

In the dinner scene with Doctor No, when Honey is about to be taken away, Bond is shown in close-up shots holding up the table knife with both hands, but in the other shots his arms are down.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage composed of flashing lights, dancing people and finally the three blind men walking around.


Alternate Versions

For the UK cinema version the BBFC made cuts to reduce the number of gunshots fired by Bond at Dent from 6 to 2, to remove blows and a knee kick during Bond's fight with the chauffeur, and to replace Dr No's line "I'm sure she will amuse the guards" with "The guards will amuse her." Most releases feature the edited print, except for a considered-legendary 1982 VHS/Betamax release, which was confirmed in 2019 to contain the uncut version of the film


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Under the Mango Tree
(uncredited)
Music by
Monty Norman
Lyrics by Monty Norman
Performed by Byron Lee, Diana Coupland and Sean Connery

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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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