Dr. No

Dr. No

DVD - 2007
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Bristish Secret Service Agent James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the mysterious disappearance of another Secret Service Agent.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : MGM ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD Adventure / Dr 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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Derringer
Jan 22, 2017

Aside from the old "tarantula-in-the-bed" routine (hastily thrown in for good measure) and the pretty Miss Taro venomously spitting into Bond's face (applause. applause) after spending the previous hour gleefully rolling around in the sack with him - 1962's "Dr. No" contained absolutely no memorable scenes worth ranting and raving about here. (I'm not kidding!)

But, with that aside - This film certainly contained lots and lots of major let-downs! Such as - The bikini-clad Ursula Andress (aka. Honey Ryder) emerging out of the sea. I'm sorry, folks, but this was not... I repeat, "THIS WAS NOT" one of the supposedly sexiest moments ever recorded in the history of film. No, it wasn't.

In fact, I thought that this seashell-collecting bimbo, with her tiresome angry pout, put in one of the worst "Bond-girl" performances that I've ever seen.

And, how about mad scientist, Dr. No, himself? Boy, I'm tellin' ya - This pompous, effeminate, little snot (though a gracious host) made my skin crawl with his insipid presence and his rubber-gloved hands. To me, Dr. No's character was about as menacing as a wet dishrag with his drab and dreary little "evil" plot of absolute domination of the world. (Spare me!)

Instead of offering the viewer death-defying excitement, mixed generously with a stylish pizazz - Dr. No's humdrum story just sort of drifted along aimlessly from scene to scene without much drive or momentum..... Anyway - What more can I say?

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mswrite
Feb 24, 2016

As others have noted here, this first Bond outing is pretty modest and low-key by modern action film standards. Inevitably some are complaining about how dated "Dr. No" is.

It's worth keeping in mind however that audiences of the day would likely not have responded well to the non-stop mayhem that currently passes for action entertainment. In 1962 they knew something had arrived and made "Dr. No" a big enough hit to ensure the much more exciting and poignant follow-up, "From Russia With Love" was an even bigger hit. By 1964's "Goldfinger," James Bond was a worldwide phenomenon. Courtesy of a cool and swaggering Sean Connery-- who, it is fascinating to note, was not considered by director Terence Young the ideal choice for the role--the modern era's iconic action hero (as opposed to the classic hero embodied by stars like Gable, Flynn and Wayne) had arrived.
Reportedly, Young "despaired" when he learned Connery had been cast. But, overruled by producers Saltzman and Broccoli, Young took the muscular young Scot under his wing and instilled in him the elements of British suave, elegance and refinement. Between the two, the cinematic Bond was born, or so goes the legend.

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uzebdrumz
Jun 07, 2015

Many clich├ęs are established in this first film. Bond is smoking, drinking martinis, gambling, flirting with several women. SPECTRE (The SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, & Extortion) is introduced with the unemotional Dr. No as the main antagonist. The story is entertaining & not always completely predictable, despite the fact that we know Bond always survives.

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akirakato
Dec 15, 2013

This is a 1962 James Bond film directed by Terence Young, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming.
It is the first instalment of a successful series of 23 Bond films.
Although produced with a low budget, it became a financial success.
James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent.
The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon.
The first bond girl is Honeychile Rider, whoser name was shortened and changed to Honey Ryder.
She is played by Swiss actress Ursula Andress.
Due to her heavy accent, she was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl.
Her entrance in the film, emerging from the ocean in a white bikini with two large sea shells, while the sun shines on her wet blonde hair, is considered a classic James Bond moment
and it has become one of the most popular scenes in cinematic history.

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ManMachine
Nov 22, 2013

So, this is it, eh? This is the one that started the longest running, blockbuster film series of all time.

Of course, the nifty, neat-o gadgets would all come later, as would the many codes and conventions of the Bond series, but, clearly, right from the start, 007 was set on a definite course of action, shooting, screwing and spying his way to the film's final credits.

For starters - Let me tell ya', this film has obviously dated very-very badly. Instead of offering the viewer death-defying excitement, mixed generously with a stylish pizazz, Dr. No's humdrum story just drifted along aimlessly from scene to scene without much drive or momentum. It almost appeared to me as if the entire film crew had shot this one in their pajamas.

In between all of the slackly staged fight sequences and the silly car chase scene, Sean Connery gives a decidedly hammy performance as our hero, Jame Bond.

I seriously think that, long ago, this film would've been dismissed outright as nothing but an inconsequential relic had it not been the very first in the Bond series, which has somehow granted it an immunity from that fate of obscurity.

And, when all has been said and done, I still don't know what the hell Dr. No's beef was all about.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 10, 2013

Seen now, this first entry in the long-running series feels quaint and little. While many of the familiar elements are there (girls, guns, exotic locations), it's maybe the most modest entry, with a forgettable villain (more like Dr. Who?) and no theme song. Still, this is where it begins and Connery is great, as is Ursula Andress' bikini. Followed by the superior "From Russia With Love."

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rslade
Aug 14, 2013

The first of the Albert Broccoli Bond franchise. Demonstrates the low budget of the film in places, and a number of franchise elements, such as the wordplay and underwater scenarios, aren't yet in place. At this point it is simply another action flick.

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Isaac Laroy*
Mar 27, 2013

good

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librarianatlarge
Jan 08, 2013

After recently watching Skyfall, I thought I'd check out the first film in the franchise. Lots of fun. Connery is handsome and the Caribbean settings are gorgeous. Dr. No's lair is a priceless piece of 60's hip and the technology is hilarious. Much less glitzy than the later installments. If you like James Bond, you will love it.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"Bond. James Bond".

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ManMachine
Nov 22, 2013

(Dr. No to Bond) - "East. West. Just points of a compass. Each as stupid as the other."

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ManMachine
Nov 22, 2013

(Bond to Dr. No) - "Tell me, does the toppling of American missiles really compensate for having no hands?"

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Isaac Laroy*
Mar 27, 2013

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