Dr. No

1962

Dr. No

Critics 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.

95%

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82%

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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.

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Cast

Sean Connery
as James Bond
Ursula Andress
as Honey Ryder
Jack Lord
as Felix Leiter
Anthony Dawson
as Professor Dent
Zena Marshall
as Miss Taro
Eunice Gayson
as Sylvia Trench
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Peter Burton
as Major Boothroyd
Yvonne Shima
as Sister Lily
Margaret LeWars
as Photographer
Michele Mok
as Sister Rose
Marguerite LeWars
as Photographer
Louis Blaazar
as Playdell-Smith
Tim Moxon
as Strangeway
Lester Prendergast
as Puss Feller
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Critic Reviews for Dr. No

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (3)

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

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • As memorable as anything in the series.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It is a fine start to a series which has provided the moviegoing public with some cinematic gems.

    Jun 19, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Cramp

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dr. No

  • Aug 29, 2017
    Although it hasn't aged very well technically, Dr. No is a well paced and enjoyable first entry to the Bond franchise.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Perhaps it was the best that when I began watching Bond back many years ago, I decided to start at the very beginning (as is usually the best thing to do with large film franchises.) Dr. No isn't the best, or most elaborate Bond film, but it's a somewhat decent place to start a franchise with so many ups and downs in quality that the films have experienced over the years. Sean Connery is still my favourite Bond of all time; yes, beyond Daniel Craig and Roger Moore. Aside form the fact that Connery was the first to portray Bond on the big screen, he gives Bond a personality that every other Bond actor has tried to build upon by various means, but never fully eclipsing him. What makes Connery's Bond so good is that he projects a confidence while still being extremely suave, yet he can also become cold-blooded at a second's notice; plainly said, he has by far the most dexterity and range of any of the Bonds, and the 1960s were the 007 franchises' first Golden Age. Looking back at it, as a story, Dr. No isn't at all the most three-dimensional, and it indeed suffers from the flaws of EON having to eliminate all of it's story-arc ties with Dr. No as a novel being in the middle of the 007 series. Aside from it's story limitations, it is a resounding smash as a spy and suspense film, although not nearly as good and seamless as it's successor film. With the Bond multi hundred million dollar budget films that are getting doled out every three or four years these days, it's often difficult to remember the limitations that the Bond films earlier on (especially in the early sixties) had to deal with. This is especially the case of Dr. No as it was the first in the franchise, and thus dealing with even a more paltry budget than it's immediate successors. Despite the limitations, though, the classic Hollywood influence does seem to seep into and shine in this film, although I think they could have structured it a tad better overall. Aside from being the first film of the series, Dr. No is also quintessential to the franchise as it was the film that introduced all the "Bondsy" stuff which would more or less be continued throughout the series to varying degrees and make the 007 films the ones we know and love to this very day (the martini, the suits, the gadgets, the small exotic sports cars, the elaborate lairs and villains, etc.). And although in comparison to Thunderbolt and From Russia with Love, the climax seems somewhat lesser-dramatic and kind of left me wondering if that was all as the credits began to roll, but as a debut spy film made in a time when The Beatles were still playing dingy clubs, it's a pretty damn good one.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Ahhhh good old classic Bond. If it wasn't for this film we'd never get any Bond films. The action, thrills and humor is all there with Sean Connery in my opinion my favourite Bond actor.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2015
    Don't dare say No to this character-defining, hard hitting, and hugely suspenseful franchise starter, in which the Dr. puts the first and arguably best James Bond through some winningly soon-to-be familiar paces only to birth a legend. Though not the first (CBS's Casino Royale in 1954 starting Barry Nelson) or only (Never Say Never Again in 1982 starring, gulp, Sean Connery) to usurp the franchise, this Dr. amazingly establishes the tone, wit, persona, and action-packed panache that made 007 a legend right from the get-go despite a slimmed down budget. Between the music, star charisma, and one-liners, you would assume that producers "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman knew what they were doing from the outset. The risks they took, however, historically paid off. It could've all ended up a double goose egg with no lucky seven were it not for their casting acumen. In the spy caper that started it all, a resourceful British government agent (Connery) seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. It's not just the charm of Connery, however, but the direction (Terence Young), writing, and editing that established a billion dollar brand right from the familiar gun-scope view of Bond right as he shoots you at the outset. Despite a stripped down budget in comparison with what would follow, Dr. No organically gets everything nearly right, particularly Ursula Andress's bikini entrance and the introduction of M, Moneypenny, and the Vesper Martini, as well as Bond trading in his Smith and Wesson for a Walther PPK and getting his 00-status (remember, Bond has to kill to get this, which gives the belies the series' tragic undertones). Casting a New York stage actor (Joseph Wiseman) as a Chinese-born terrorist, however, still raises eyebrows. Bottom line: On the Moneypenny
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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