In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder, to confront a megalomaniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.
- James Bond: Sean Connery
- Honey Ryder: Ursula Andress
- Dr. No: Joseph Wiseman
- Felix Leiter: Jack Lord
- M: Bernard Lee
- Professor R. J. Dent: Anthony Dawson
- Miss Taro: Zena Marshall
- Quarrel: John Kitzmiller
- Sylvia Trench: Eunice Gayson
- Miss Moneypenny: Lois Maxwell
- Major Boothroyd: Peter Burton
- Sister Lily: Yvonne Shima
- Sister Rose: Michel Mok
- Annabel Chung – Photographer: Marguerite LeWars
- Superintendent Duff: William Foster-Davis
- Mary Trueblood: Dolores Keator
- Mr. Jones: Reginald Carter
- Pleydell-Smith: Louis Blaazer
- General Potter: Colonel Burton
- Signals Foreman (uncredited): John Hatton
- Bandleader (uncredited): Byron Lee
- Professor John Strangways (uncredited): Timothy Napier Moxon
- Hotel Receptionist (uncredited): Malou Pantera
- Puss Feller (uncredited): Lester Prendergast
- Honey Ryder – Singing Voice (voice) (uncredited): Diana Coupland
- Honey Ryder / Sylvia Trench / Various (voice) (uncredited): Nikki Van der Zyl
- Hearse Driver: Adrian Robinson
- Casting: James Liggat
- Music Arranger: John Barry
- Novel: Ian Fleming
- Presenter: Albert R. Broccoli
- Presenter: Harry Saltzman
- Original Music Composer: Monty Norman
- Director of Photography: Ted Moore
- Art Direction: Syd Cain
- Director: Terence Young
- Screenplay: Richard Maibaum
- Screenplay: Johanna Harwood
- Screenplay: Berkely Mather
- Editor: Peter R. Hunt
- Production Design: Ken Adam
- Associate Producer: Stanley Sopel
- Wardrobe Master: John Brady
- Conductor: Eric Rogers
- Location Manager: Chris Blackwell
- Makeup Artist: John O’Gorman
- Still Photographer: Bunny Yeager
- Hairstylist: Eileen Warwick
- Costumer: Tessa Prendergast
- Main Title Designer: Maurice Binder
- Set Dresser: Freda Pearson
- Production Manager: L.C. Rudkin
- Still Photographer: Bert Cann
- Assistant Director: Clive Reed
- Electrician: Laurie Shane
- Camera Operator: John Winbolt
- Special Effects: Frank George
- Sound Recordist: Wally Milner
- Sound Recordist: John Dennis
- Wardrobe Master: Eileen Sullivan
- Continuity: Helen Whitson
- Animation: Trevor Bond
- Focus Puller: John Shinerock
- Production Secretary: Maureen Whitty
- Assistant Editor: Ben Rayner
- Orchestrator: Burt Rhodes
- Grip: Jimmy Spoard
- Stand In: Michael Borota
- talisencrw: An extraordinary manifesto for not just the longest-running film series to date, but for an entire genre. People often forget just how important in the grand scheme of things a first film is, and how it was so requisite that Sean Connery had to be just right, the Bond girls, the action, music cues, opening scene, credits sequence, etc. Even though recently, Daniel Craig has at least captivated audiences to almost the same extent, he only reminded me of Connery’s endearing qualities, and through completely lacking humour and charisma, simply showed by omission why Connery (who had already made five films as Bond before Craig was even born) was so essential in the first place.
Watching my blu from the complete Bond boxed set, it wasn’t dated or a lesser experience for me in the slightest. Long may Sir Connery live–the enjoyment his work has given me over the years is inestimable! =)
- John Chard: The Americans are fools. I offered my services, they refused. So did the East. Now they can both pay for their mistake.
Dr. No is directed by Terence Young and co-adapted to screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood & Berkely Mather from the novel of the same name written by Ian Fleming. It stars Sean Connery, Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord & John Kitzmiller. Music is by Monty Norman and cinematography by Ted Moore.
And so it all began here, what was until Harry Potter arrived on the scene, the most successful film franchise in history. James Bond, a name that would become synonymous with suave spies, deranged villains, beautiful women, exotic locations, gadgets, cars and sex. Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels were big come the end of 1961, yet producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman met some resistance from studios. It was never plain sailing, even after release the film garnered mixed reviews, but word of mouth and condemnation by the Vatican and the Kremlin propelled it to being one of the surprise hits of 62/63. At the box office it made £60 million Worldwide, this after being made on a budget of only £1 million.
Plot basically sees Connery’s Bond flying out to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of agent Strangways (Timothy Moxon). Once there he finds a case of murder is to be investigated and evidence points to the mysterious Dr. No (Wiseman), who resides on Crab Quay island, a place feared by the superstitious locals. Bond must keep his wits about him as he gets closer to the truth, for there are many obstacles in his way and not everyone can be trusted. Cue the suave and athletic Mr. Bond getting involved with lovely ladies, dicing with death, making friends, making enemies and just generally being an all round awesome anti-hero.
SPECTRE: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
There are a number of changes from the book and some censor appeasement was required to get the film a certificate enabling youngsters to see the film with an adult. What Dr. No rounds out as is a jolly good spy/action movie yarn. Some of the hints are there for what would make Bond such a profitable and well loved franchise, but there’s no sign of the gadgetry, tricks and japes that would fill out so many of the titles that followed Dr. No. Here Bond is just armed with his Walter PPK 7.65MM pistol, Sunbeam Alpine car and his bravado and nouse.
Some future stalwart characters are given modest introductions (M, Felix Leiter, Moneypenny) and Ursula Andress sets the marker for all future Bond girls to follow. Ted Moore’s capturing of the Jamaica location is sumptuous, something that really comes to the fore on the re-mastered DVD edition of the film. Connery is supremely cool and fearless, the theme tune and gun barrel opening are already in place, and Terence Young, who directs three of the first four Bond movies, keeps it zippy and suspenseful when story gathers up a flame throwing tank, car chases, fights and a quite brilliant tarantula sequence.
Quite a debut, uneven at times as it begins to find its feet, but even if it wasn’t the first James Bond movie it would hold up as an entertaining bit of secret agent shenanigans regardless. 7.5/10
- Wuchak: _**Say YES to “Dr. No”**_
After an MI6 chief & his secretary are murdered in Jamaica, agent 007 (Sean Connery) is sent to investigate. He teams-up with a boatman (John Kitzmiller) with focus on a mysterious nearby island owned by a shady German-Chinese mogul (Joseph Wiseman). Jack Lord is on hand as a CIA agent and Ursula Andress as a shell diver
Based on Ian Fleming’s 1958 novel, “Dr. No” (1962) was the beginning of the never-ending James Bond franchise and features the common staples: The catchy James Bond theme, the opening gun barrel sequence, the suave protagonist, gorgeous women, ritzy casino gambling, exotic locales, spy devices, action thrills, shaken-not-stirred drinks and a megalomaniac villain.
While this one’s not as ridiculous with the gadgets or action as later installments, somehow Bond’s relatively mundane but increasingly dangerous investigation on Jamaica is compelling as it progresses to the lair of the titular antagonist. It’s no wonder that it was a hit and sparked the espionage hysteria of the ’60s.
Andress stands out on the feminine front, but there’s also Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench and Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, both just as beautiful in their own way.
The film runs 1 hour, 49 minutes, and was shot in Jamaica and Pinewood Studios & London, England.