Dr. No Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
March 18, 2013
About as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplishes the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond's next adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
January 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
June 11, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 27, 2012
The low-key mystery plot and the resolutely human-sized drama of it all makes this one of the sanest of all Bond pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
007's silver screen debut. Not for young kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
April 7, 2010
It's terrific entertainment, to be sure, but its unevenness keeps up from being a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
Capably brings together Caribbean travelogue, Gropius-type architecture, and cardboard computers with "danger level" plaques
Peter Canavese
ON Magazine
October 25, 2008
The Bond series developed a winning formula, and this prototypical adventure featured many elements that stuck...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008
...a fine cinematic introduction to the world's most famous secret agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
All of the elements of the formula are there, but in pleasing moderation.

July 22, 2008
The Bond formula is established in this first, arguably more credible Ian Fleming adaptation.
Steve Biodrowski
July 10, 2008
Still ranks in the upper echelon of the Bond series.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2007
Less gimmicky, more charming.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 1, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

March 1, 2007
An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.
Christopher Null
December 30, 2006
Essential viewing for any Bond fanatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
As memorable as anything in the series.
Clint Morris
July 8, 2005
Has an age-old Licence to Thrill
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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