The legend begins here as British super-agent James Bond (007) emerges for the first time. This film also introduces audiences to the smooth talking charm of Sean Connery who is able to turn the character into icon in his first quote: "Bond, James Bond." Who could have guessed back in the day that this character would become the star of the longest running film series of all time?
Now, Dr. No is a good Bond film, but it isn't the best, as it is soon surpassed by films such as From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but Dr. No does remain a great film as Sean Connery is a demanding screen presence through and through. He hasn't gotten the character to its full-potential just yet, but he certainly is close to that point (he'd perfect it in Goldfinger).
In the film we are introduced to the Bond charm and the essentials such as pretty girls, exotic locations, eccentric villains, and elaborate traps. So Bond enters in a grand fashion bringing in action that is well-ahead of its time which. Some of the action and ideas presented in this movie are things you wouldn't see much of until later in the 60s.
The final verdict is that while Dr. No is the BEST Bond film it is the first in the series and as such deserves great respect for all the things it introduces. It introduces Sean Connery and all the elements of a GOOD Bond film. This is why Dr. No is certainly the Bond film for beginner fans to the series. It is probably the BEST way to introduce someone to the Sean Connery Bond because...It's how the entire world was introduced to him in 1963!
Also, the new DVDs have great picture quality and are well worth buying if you do not own the previous Special Edition of Dr. No. The picture is crisp and the sound is good and it comes highly recommended.
Ever since I was a young boy I have always been enamored by fine watches. So, ever since I was a kid, one of the alluring elements of Bond movies for me was to observe which types of watches were being used, especially by Bond. As I matured I found that I share many of Bond’s predilections for enjoying the “finest” things life has to offer. I think a fine watch is part of the character makeup for depicting Bond as a suave and “smooth operator.” … more
Dr. NO was made only for a million dollars back in the day of 62. It was cast well, produced well and stayed very close to the original book, believe it or not even had some of the exact same lines! It became a hit, more movies were made and the rest was history. The first of the James Bond movies but the 6th in the series of books has Bond back on duty and taking on a mission to Jamaica to discover the dissapearance of another MI6 operative who was keeping an … more
In watching this movie, the first in the James Bond sequene, once again, you can see how much Sean Connery grew into the Bond character. When he asks questions, there is a bit of an edge to his manner of delivery, Connery has not yet perfected the suave demeanor that made him so popular. Furthermore, after Bond and Honey Ryder are captured by Dr. No, Bond admits that he is scared, something not quite in keeping with his fearless approach. Nevertheless, you can see why Connery will always … more
Released in 1962, this first James Bond movie remains one of the best, and serves as an entertaining reminder that the Bond series began (in keeping with Ian Fleming's novels) with a surprising lack of gadgetry and big-budget fireworks. Sean Connery was just 32 years old when he won the role of Agent 007. In his first adventure James Bond is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent (Jack Lord, pre-Hawaii Five-O), they discover that the nefarious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Of course, Bond takes time off from his exploits to enjoy the company of a few gorgeous women, including the bikini-clad Ursula Andress. She gloriously kicks off the long-standing tradition of Bond women who know how to please their favorite secret agent. A sexist anachronism? Maybe, but this is Bond at his purest, kicking off a series of movies that shows no sign of slowing down. --Jeff Shannon