Sep 25, 2021
The first movie to feature Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent seems almost quaint when compared to the pictures that followed, but that's hardly meant as a knock.
Aug 24, 2020
It's like a prototype requiring polishing; and more than twenty subsequent films would keep reshaping and perfecting that template.
Jul 16, 2020
This is the birth of Bond and the beginning of something special.
Mar 27, 2020
Stylish, armed with handsome production values, and sporting a confident lead actor, Dr. No is a strong entry point, elemental in kickstarting the global phenomenon we know and love.
Oct 7, 2019
This is the first of lan Fleming's droll, nasty and absorbing spy thrillers to reach the screen. It augurs well for the future of the series.
Aug 12, 2019
The first half hour I took to be a fairly good spoof on sex-espionage films in general... Then James Bond lands on Dr. No's atomic island and science fiction takes over with lethal results in every sense of the word.
Jan 27, 2019
Brilliant lead actor and villain hold the film together, despite a few flaws. The fact that it got so much right from the start is a real testament to the film series.
Nov 2, 2018
Dr. No is a solid, if unspectacular, start to the longest-lived movie series of all time
Jul 9, 2018
If you've given up on the many iterations of the Bond franchise, it's worth shaking off all that adaptation decay and going back to the original, which is more fun and less sexist than many of the later films.
Dec 30, 2017
It reads like a serial and plays the same way, quite as if it were several chapters of genuine cliff-hanger compressed into one feature picture. The action is there, as rapid as the movement of a flapping window blind in a hurricane.
Sep 9, 2015
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.
Sep 9, 2015
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.
Mar 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.
Jan 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.
Oct 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.
Jun 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.
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.
Apr 7, 2010
It's terrific entertainment, to be sure, but its unevenness keeps up from being a great film.