Dr. No

1962, Action/Adventure, 1h 50m

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

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In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 (Sean Connery) 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 (Ursula Andress), to confront a megalomaniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.

Cast & Crew

Sean Connery
James Bond
Jack Lord
Felix Leiter
Eunice Gayson
Sylvia Trench
Lois Maxwell
Miss Moneypenny
Margaret LeWars
Photographer
Anthony Dawson
Professor Dent
Peter Burton
Major Boothroyd
Lois Blaazar
Pleydell-Smith
Michelle Mok
Sister Rose
Yvonne Shima
Sister Lily
Byron Lee Band
Singer at Puss Feller's (uncredited)
Tim Moxon
John Strangways (uncredited)
Monty Norman
Original Music
Ted Moore
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Peter Hunt
Film Editor
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Syd Cain
Art Direction
Tessa Prendergast
Costume Designer
John O'Gorman
Makeup Artist
Eileen Warwick
Hair Stylist
L.C. Rudkin
Production Manager
Clive Reed
Assistant Director
Freda Pearson
Set Dresser
Frank George
Special Effects
Roy Field
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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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