Dr. No Reviews
I just started to explore the Bond movies and I wanted to see as many as I could. So, what better way to begin the franchise with the film that started it all? This movie came out during a decade that was pushing taboos and traditions of what could be shown in movies. Since filmmakers at the time were mostly still experimenting with their films, I thought it would be interesting to see how they handled "Dr. No".
First, let me start with the negatives. Some of the pacing, around 30-40 minutes in, felt dreadfully slow. Since the opening scene with the murder, I was drawn into the movie. But, the film felt like it was taking too long to continue developing the main story with the nuclear devices. Though, to be fair, it should introduce to the viewers the character of James Bond and his agency, since it's the first film in the series. Also, some of the special effects, especially some scenery, looked dated.
I have very mixed feelings about the main villain. I think there was good suspense built to his character, because we first hear only his voice and how he can control his operations and make his goons tremble (well, one of them). But the actual scene with actor Joseph Wiseman didn't show much to him other than being stern. I mean, it's cool to see the first James Bond villain, but I wish there was more to his character.
The overall plot, however, I thought was executed well with a big sense of fun. Particularly at the end of the second act, the dialogues felt like the writers were having a lot of fun doing their job. I felt like there was much enthusiasm (or at least, a sense of gravity) in a lot of the actors in them describing the conditions of their crisis to make the film sound fun. The climactic sequence is simple, but cool to watch.
The acting also helps the overall film. Sean Connery is so cool in this film, one often forgets he is Indiana Jones' dad, a character with very different attitudes. Ursula Andress was alright. This is one trope that will bother many viewers, and in other films it bothered me as well. The Bond girls usually do not have much to them other than bodies, which lets Bond take advantage of them. Here, Andress as Honey Ryder mostly just provides a damsel in distress situation for Bond, maybe having a trait or two.
Overall though, "Dr. No" is a good introduction to the James Bond franchise. Though it has pacing issues, viewers should be grateful that it takes time to introduce many important characters and tropes that will be common in the series (for better or worse). I do look forward to continuing the franchise for some fun.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: 'From Russia with Love' has everything good in this film, but is so much more self-assured and confident in its delivery of the direction, acting and even its overall story. The bottom line is 'Dr No,' is good, but there's a better version just a year around the corner.
VERDICT: The one that kick-started it all remains a classic for good reason, but we've seen a better kind of spy-mystery story since.
TEMA: La intro es interesante aunque no es lo que se asocia ahora con el agente, sin embargo es aclamada por tener la famosa escena del disparo en el cañón, símbolo de toda la saga. Esta es presentada con el soundtrack original del agente, uno de los más populares del cine que aparte también de ser rápido y entretenido contrasta bien con el símbolo de Bond.
AGENTE 007: Sean Connery, el primer Bond, es la personificación de el hombre perfecto, le da al agente el porte varonil y fuerte conservando su elegancia y encanto como caballero. Es un seductor creíble sin irse a extremos, en esta película se siente que le falta algo para terminar de conectar con él, pero eso es nada comparado con todo lo positivo que tiene este 007.
CHICA BOND: Fuera de la belleza de Ursula Andress, a su personaje le falto intensidad y ser más interesante para el público que solo ser la compañera del agente, igual es atractiva y carismática pero necesito más profundidad e intención en la trama.
VILLANO: El Dr. No es un personaje frío e intimidante con toques de fineza en la poca movilidad que realiza, es buen villano que tristemente pierde fuerza por su muy poco tiempo en pantalla y su interacción con Bond, hubiera sido interesante tener más escenas con este personaje.
Para ser el gran inicio de la saga lo hizo de una forma respetable que fundamenta el porqué de la iconicidad del personaje, aunque le falta mostrar todo el potencial que puede ofrecer y algunos aspectos que pueden verse afectados por el paso del tiempo, aun así es una buena entrega en la saga, una digna icónica en su género y sobre todo un fragmento importante en la historia del cine.
Dr. No (1962) Calificación: 7.6/10