The film that started it all 22 films later and nearly 51 years later Dr No began a legendary film series. Based off of the 6th novel in the James Bond series by Ian Fleming Sean Connery brings the character to life in the first James Bond film. Produced for 1 Million dollars and seen as a low budget movie for 1962. But the money was put to good use as Dr No looks amazing.
The films plot revolves around the death of John Strangways an MI6 wokrer head of Station J in Jamaica. James Bond is sent to investigate the death of Strangways. Bond along with CIA agent Felix Leiter played by Jack Lord and Quarrel played by John Kitzmiller trace the death to the mysterious island Crab Key owned by Dr No played by Joseph Wisemen. Upon arriving on Crab Key Bond and Quarrel meet Honey Ryder played by Ursula Andress who makes one of the great film entrances in her classic white bikini. Bond and Ryder are then captured by Dr No as Bond then springs into action to stop Dr No from disrutping an American space launch with a nuclear tractor beam.
Dr No does a great job introducing the cinematic James Bond. Connery becomes “the James Bond” 50 years on debate still goes on as to who is
the best and many will say Connery. The introduction to Connery is one of the best in film history. The use of revealing close up shots of Connery lighting his cigarette and then delivering the classic Bond, James Bond line is still great. Though the introduction of Bond maybe outdone by that of Honey Ryder. The classic introdution by Ursula Andress coming out of the water as I mentioned earlier has become on of the great images of notonly the Bond series but Cinema in general.
The film is good but not as great as future Bond films would become. Connery has a good first outing as Bond. Connery plays it with very little humor which he would develop throughout his tenure though he does drop a few comedic lines but they don’t distract from the story. This is the film were it all began and would set the standard for the rest that followed be it future Bond films or other spy related projects. Dr No is an essential watch for any Bond fan.
Sean Connery as James Bond
Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder
Joseph Wisemen as Dr No
Jack Lord as Felix Leiter
John Kitzmiller as Quarrel
Bernard Lee as M
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Anthony Dawson as Professor Dent
Directed by Terrence Young
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman