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Dr. No (1962)

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98

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 1

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

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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

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Terence Young directed this first of a long line of screen adventures with Ian Fleming's unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek style that set the tone for the rest of the popular series. Sean Connery sets the standard by which all future takers must measure themselves as the insouciant and devil-may-care James Bond. The story concerns Bond being sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. During his investigation, he

Oct 22, 2002

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (1) | DVD (26)

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

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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As memorable as anything in the series.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While it may appear tame by the standards of the later productions, it's an entertaining look back in movie history at a project that developed into a worldwide phenomenon.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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About as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplishes the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond's next adventure.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

The first James Bond cast a relatively unknown actor, Sean Connery, who forever defined 007 as a cool, suave, womanizing agent, adept at delivering witty one liners.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The film geek in me wants to praise it, but the film critic in me wants to expose its flaws. I still have a soft spot for it, but if I'm being truly honest, it's kind of lackluster.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

In the end, it's more gumshoe mystery than action-adventure and, comparative to almost everything that followed, very low-key. But legends must start somewhere, and looking back at its reminders of how Bond wasn't always "Bond" are fascinating.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The low-key mystery plot and the resolutely human-sized drama of it all makes this one of the sanest of all Bond pictures.

May 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

007's silver screen debut. Not for young kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's terrific entertainment, to be sure, but its unevenness keeps up from being a great film.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Capably brings together Caribbean travelogue, Gropius-type architecture, and cardboard computers with "danger level" plaques

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The Bond series developed a winning formula, and this prototypical adventure featured many elements that stuck...[Blu-ray]

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ON Magazine

...a fine cinematic introduction to the world's most famous secret agent.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Bond formula is established in this first, arguably more credible Ian Fleming adaptation.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Still ranks in the upper echelon of the Bond series.

July 10, 2008
Cinefantastique

Less gimmicky, more charming.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first entry in what was to become the most profitable movie series of all time is a solid, surprisingly modest spy thriller, enlivened by Sean Connery's screen charisma and occasional hints of the extravagance to come.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Essential viewing for any Bond fanatic.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Has an age-old Licence to Thrill

July 8, 2005
Moviehole

Audience Reviews for Dr. No

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.
January 11, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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Released in 1962, and starring Sean Connery in the role that made him an icon, this is the (cinematic) debut of Ian Flemming's renowned British superspy James Bond, Agent 007.

Despite having a limited budget, they make the most of it as we follow Bond to Jamaica where an investigation into the death of a fellow agent sees him trying to foil a nefarious plot to dismantle the U.S. space program, with said plot spearheaded by a mysterious scientific genius named Dr. Julius No- a mad villain with ties to SPECTRE- a group who are something of an arch nemesis for MI6 and 007.

Connery is solid, and he's joined by Joseph Wiseman and Ursula Andress, who are equally solid and memorable as No and Honey Ryder, the prototypical "Bond girl" love interest, respectively.

This film lays the groundwork for future films in the series, and it establishes most, but not all of the elements that would become series trademarks. Compared to later films it's rather low-key and pretty bare bones, but it's still fun, charming, and pretty thrilling.

It might be a bit rough around the edges, and it is disorienting to see it after having exposure to most all of the later films first, but problems aside, this is a really good yarn.
December 21, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Every series has to start somewhere and here Bond gets a low key and tame (although still reasonably entertaining) adventure. Sean Connery is the reason you will want to watch this as his suave and cool interpretation of James Bond was the measuring stick by which every other actor since has had to follow. The plot is a little barebones and it takes the story a very long time to get going (Dr. No is only in the movie for maybe 15-20 minutes at the end), but the mystery is just intriguing enough to keep you interested and Sean Connery never falters in keeping your attention till the very end. Ursula Andress was also the very first Bond girl and kickstarted one of the best traditions in the series. Ultimately, Dr. No isn't up there as one of the best in the series, but without it we wouldn't have Bond in the first place so for that we all appreciate it. And it's still a pretty decent Bond movie regardless.
November 9, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

The bond film to start all bond films. "Dr. No" is the type of spy film that you just cannot dislike, because the cleverness will cloud any doubt. Sean Connery kicks off the series with a bang, creating an atmosphere that I loved to death. This film is about agent OO7 and his assignment where he is sent across country where he comes into contact with an evil doctor. This plot is not wholly original nowadays, but for it's time, it is unbeatable. "Dr. No" boasts fantastic acting, a great script, and some pretty intense scenes. There was never a dull moment in this film, or any moment for that matter that made me bored. This film is well paced and the pay-off is excellent. This James Bond film is not one to miss!
October 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. James Bond: Shaken, not stirred.
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    1. James Bond: Bond. James Bond.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. James Bond: I admire your courage, Miss?
    2. Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr.?
    3. James Bond: Bond. James Bond.
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    1. Honey Ryder: Are you looking for shells?
    2. James Bond: No, I'm just looking.
    – Submitted by Alex L (15 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Bond, James Bond.
    – Submitted by Michael B (17 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Tell me, does the toppling of American missiles really compensate for having no hands?
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