Dr. No (1962)



Critic Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.

Movie Info

James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and a scheme to end the US space program.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Berkeley Mather, Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather, Berkley Mather
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
United Artists


as James Bond

as Honey Ryder

as Felix Leiter

as Professor Dent

as Miss Taro

as Sylvia Trench

as Miss Moneypenny

as Major Boothroyd

as Photographer

as Sister Lily

as Sister Rose

as Photographer

as Playdell-Smith

as Strangeway

as Puss Feller
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Critic Reviews for Dr. No

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (5)

All of the elements of the formula are there, but in pleasing moderation.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Top Critic

As memorable as anything in the series.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Of course, it's nonsense -- pure, escapist bunk, with Bond, an elegant fellow, played by Sean Connery, doing everything (and everybody) that an idle day-dreamer might like to do.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Of course, it's dated -- a Sunbean Alpine isn't exactly cutting edge transport -- but the elegant playboy spy with just a whiff of danger was clearly here to stay.

Full Review… | September 9, 2015
Sky Movies

The James Bond series started in great style with this cleverly conceived dose of sheer escapism that, unlike later episodes, remained true to the essence of Ian Fleming's super-spy novels.

Full Review… | September 9, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Dr. No

An Englishman let loose amongst the filthy, ignorant natives, these present of Jamaica, teaching them the right way of class and order. Connery is a fav to Bond fans for his smug condescension to absolutely everyone (no doubt a comfort to the boys at home), his only equal onscreen is an American CIA operative (winningly downplayed by Jack Lord) who is pleased as punch to learn from his betters. Forgetting the political underpinnings, its a decent actioner, but the politics are an essential part of the package, which begins to annoy like a leafblower on a quiet Sunday morning.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Although rough around the edges, many of the hallmarks of the series are present and correct in the very first film. Connery's Bond has a ruthlessness about him here that he would sadly lose as the series progressed. The modesty of the budget thankfully keeps the writers' imaginations and Ken Adam's production design of villain Joseph Wiseman's lair in check, a situation which would alter as the series became a victim of its own success, culminating in a plausibility nadir of sorts with Donald Pleasance's volcanic hideout in You Only Live Twice.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

A fun beginning to one of the greatest film franchises ever, even if it doesn't seem to have aged well. Connery is obviously great as Bond and Andress officially sets up the franchise for all the great Bond girls to come. The pace is a little slow and the plot a little too far fetched, but Dr. No is a decent villain and Connery's suaveness can easily carry the movie.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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