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Released in 1962, this first James Bond movie remains one of the best, and serves as an entertaining reminder that the Bond series began (in keeping with Ian Fleming's novels) with a surprising lack of gadgetry and big-budget fireworks. Sean Connery was just 32 years old when he won the role of Agent 007. In his first adventure James Bond is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent (Jack Lord, pre-Hawaii Five-O), they discover that the nefarious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Of course, Bond takes time off from his exploits to enjoy the company of a few gorgeous women, including the bikini-clad Ursula Andress. She gloriously kicks off the long-standing tradition of Bond women who know how to please their favorite secret agent. A sexist anachronism? Maybe, but this is Bond at his purest, kicking off a series of movies that shows no sign of slowing down. --Jeff Shannon
- The very first Bond film....
Would you believe I had the Dell/Gold Key comic that was based on this film? Do you have any idea what that sucker'd be worth today? OUCH! Anyway...all hail the maiden voyage of the SS 007-Franchise! It would be one of the few of the series to adhere faithfully to the novel it was named for.
Sean Connery, (it was almost a year before I learned how to pronounce his name correctly, [like everybody else, I thought it was 'Seen Canary']) shows us immediately why he is still the quintessential 007: cool-minded, droll, all-business when needed....he would put his heir, Roger Moore, to shame!
One thing you could always date the 007 movies by was the style of the Bond girls in each movie, at least in the sixties....and Sylvia Trench is obviously being played by a woman whose aesthetic sense is rooted in the late fifties rather than the early sixties. Every OTHER woman in the movie pretty much sticks to a style that could be plopped in ANY post-war decade, but Trench pretty much betrays "Dr. No's" early-sixties origins.
The movie pretty much follows the book almost line for line, except for the way Dr. No himself looks and the very end, when Bond defeats him. I often think that, if they had used the book's ending, this film, before this series had garnered the great reputation it would eventually develop thanks to "Goldfinger", would have been its own self-parody. Cormorant guano, indeed! ;-)
The transfer I have is beautiful: sound, picture quality, etc....all good. And now I have all three of the BEST Bond flicks, the beginning Bonds, on dvd....Talk about hog heaven.
Now all I need to do is get up the bucks to buy the Aston Martin DB-5!...more info
- Bond: The Beginning!
Here is where it all started! Sean Connery at his roughest and toughest as Bond. "You've had your six!" Ursula Andress is THE classic "Bond Girl"! "Looking for shells?" "No, I'm just looking." Joseph Wiseman a forboding presence as Dr. No. This time the Bond Baddie didn't need a superhuman henchman. He had his hands! Of course, this is basically just a modern day detective story. The exciting action sequences are rather sparse in this one. Still lots of danger, intrigue, suspense, and good character development to get this action film franchise off to a good start. ...more info
- This Really Started Something
While I don't regard it as the greatest, it certainly has its own place among the good Bond films. If anything I really like to watch this to see how Connery really melted into the role. Right away, he owns the character and plays a handsome yet deadly bond. To knit pick, the story of Dr. No seems actually rather boring, I found it really hard to connect with what was going on. The movie also lacks with the villain. What really was the purpose for Dr. No's metal hands? They seem kind of pointless. Also why does the James Bond theme always play when he's doing absolutely nothing relevant to the story at all. He could be walking in the supermarket and they would play that music.
I'm not trying to make this movie sound terrible by any means. I find it to be very entertaining. Ursula Andress was a beautiful addition to the film and made for some very excellent scenery. Also, I really liked the fight in the beginning of the movie, when Bond can't stop the guy from taking the cyanide. It's all good fun.
While I don't consider this the best movie, I consider it the most important because it really opened up a world of possibilities.
- Dr. No is a Yes
The original 007. Connery as James Bond is suave and debonair. Dr. No is the ultimate bad guy. Put them together and you get a tongue in cheek spy-fi flick that is one of the best. Shaken not stirred indeed....more info
- The Inimitable DR. NO
We have all heard about `Product Placement' especially in the James Bond films. Did you know it goes all the way back to DR. NO and was very prominent? In the scene where Bond kicks and tosses Quarrel and Puss Feller into a stack of corrugated cartons, notice that those cartons are labeled `Red Stripe.' That's right, `Red Stripe' Beer from Jamaica! In this case `Product Placement' was not a bad thing because it adds to the authenticity of this film.
In fact DR. NO is one of the best films of the series. It is much closer to Ian Fleming's prose than most of the other films thanks to Sean Connery's performance, Richard Maibaum's scripting and Terence Young's direction. At the same time other elements that would be unique to the series and distinguish it from other films were introduced here. Production designer Ken Adam's sets, attractively futuristic yet totally simplistic and functional, adorned by Syd Cain's detailed Art designs set the look for the entire series making their work in DR. NO the benchmark. Peter Hunt's intuitive and effective quick-cut editing paced the film like no other at its time. Maurice Binder's brainchild opening `gun barrel' is an incredible piece of Title Design, which is equaled only by the `James Bond Theme', composed and re-orchestrated by Monty Norman and John Barry. Ted Moore's cinematography, especially the shot of bikini clad Ursula Andress emerging from the sea, is now a classic and also set a standard for future `Bond Girls.'
We are introduced to the organization known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in DR. NO. What is unique to this film is the main villain brilliantly portrayed by Joseph Wiseman. He is unlike future main villains of the series. He isn't exactly what you may call a `social animal'. Joseph Wiseman's eerie and surreptitious portrayal made Dr. No one of the most mysterious and enigmatic of the series. In a way his portrayal seems like a model for the unseen Blofeld in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL. Rounded out by the beloved M portrayed by Bernard Lee, the lovely Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell, John Kitzmiller as Quarrel and Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, DR. NO ranks as one of the best.
- Vintage Bond at its Best .... this one started the Franchise!
My wife and I are huge Sean Connery fans and 'James Bond' fans. When the first James Bond films hit the theaters I can remember an acrimonious discussion with my future mother-in-law about how my future wife was not allowed to see those "kinds of movies"! (My wife and I were high-school teenagers at the time.) In the ensuing years, we had lots of laughs over this episode .... but I was hooked on James Bond movies. There is only ONE James Bond and that is Sean Connery. Dr. No is the one that got me hooked and I have seen every episode several times. The simplicity of Dr. No is one of its attractions. This was a "pre-gadget" and "pre-Q" film!...more info
- Setting the Standard for Britain's Dedicated Civil Servant
I always considered DR. NO to be one of the better Bond films and closer to the literary James Bond created by Ian Fleming. Sean Connery's performance is that of the no-nonsense dedicated civil servant. His screen presence alone conveys the physical, intellectual and moral conviction of the character. He is essentially a modern day version of the white knight slaying the dragon for Queen and country.
Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No is one of the best villains of the series. His steel mono-toned performance is eerily unsettling. He remains one of the most enigmatic villains in the series. He is a villain moved more by unfounded revenge than by greed or riches. You almost sympathize with him as he makes futile overtures to Bond imploring him to join his organization. It seems that Bond is the only man capable of appreciating his intellect. Not even Dr. No's backers, Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. are worthy of his talents.
Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder leaves one of the most indelible images of the series as she emerges from the sea clad in her white bikini. She is characterized by the simplicity of her goodness and naivet as she is drawn into a vortex of worldliness that Bond further engulfs her in. Rather than that of a supposed sex object, she exudes a raw femininity found only in nature. Bond can not help but feel that he has corrupted her both deliberately and inadvertently in his blind quest to revenge the deaths of fellow agents. This is the very strength of Richard Maibaum's script, here and on subsequent Bond films.
These films, the better ones, are about Bond, his adversaries, his loves and his friendships. Jack Lord was the first of many actors to play Felix Leiter, Bond's CIA friend. "Friend" in the world of James Bond is not a word used casually. Lord seemed the one actor to visually convey the camaraderie that existed between these two characters. John Kitzmiller gave a very good performance as the loyal Quarrel, one of the most important characters in he entire series. This character epitomized the dormant qualities found in the instincts of the common man. When called upon in the death struggle of good vs. evil he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Anthony Dawson as Professor Dent seems perfect as a man who knew better than fall into an inescapable web of subterfuge that Dr. No has spread from his island to the mainland. Zena Marshall as Miss Taro is a more willing participant, as she appears eager to overtly display her sensuality and share her sexual appetites openly with Bond. She is supposed to lure Bond to his death. Finding this not the case she enthusiastically offers herself to Bond. It is in these scenes that Sean Connery displays a certain animal screen presence that no other actor has ever equaled in the role.
Many elements that distinguish a James Bond movie were introduced in this film. The opening gun barrel trademark, "The James Bond Theme," Bernard Lee's portrayal of the inimitable M, Lois Maxwell's portrayal of the desirable Miss Moneypenny, Ken Adam's innovative and distinctive production designs, Maurice Binder's unique main titles, the "Martinis shaken not stirred," just to name a few are all here.
Director, Terence Young, always boasted and took relish in how he supposedly shaped the look and feel of the James Bond series. This is quite possibly true when looking at DR. NO. It is a film visually rich with well-detailed and defined characters. It also has an uncanny feel for the settings inspired from the Ian Fleming novels whether it be Bond's intelligence headquarters in London, the exotic sights and sounds of Jamaica or the incongruity of Dr. No's plush lair hidden in the mosquito invested swamps of Crabe Key.
DR. NO is also characterized by quick paced editing by Peter Hunt. Hunt's innovative technique keeps the story moving visually and unobtrusively which also further defines the cinematic world of James Bond.
But coming full circle, it is Sean Connery's performance and screen presence that intrigues and captures the imagination of the viewer. Given the sets, the music, the script, the locations and all the other elements, it all comes down to how Sean Connery fits and moves through this cinematic world that has been created for James Bond. Sean Connery's performance is indeed that of Britain's dedicated civil servant. DR. NO is the benchmark....more info
- The Bond movie that started it all!!!!
This movie is just over 45 years old (counting from the date of this review).
(Sir) Sean Connery made six EON (or "official") movies with him starring as James Bond. They were: (1) Dr. No (1962) (2) From Russia with Love (1963) (3) Goldfinger (1964) (4) Thunderball (1965) (5) You Only Live Twice (1967) and (6) Diamonds are Forever (1971).
As you can see from the above list, "Dr. No" is the first spy film of the British Bond series. As well, it is the first to star Connery as the fictional MI6 agent Commander James Bond (code number 007).
This movie is based on the 1958 novel "Dr. No" by Ian Fleming (1908 to 1964).
Briefly, Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a British agent. The trail leads him to the island home of the reclusive Dr. Julius No. Bond uncovers Dr. No's plot to disrupt American rocket tests, and scuttles his operation.
Note that this movie does not show Bond earning his "double-0" status which gives him a licence to kill but presents him as a seasoned veteran.
There is no title song sung at the beginning of this movie. Instead there is instrumental music that has the James Bond theme music with lively Jamaican music.
This movie has several things it introduced to the James Bond series. Here are some: (1) the distinctive James Bond theme (2) the gun barrel sequence (3) Bond girls (4) the criminal organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) and (5) Bond's signature Walther PPK handgun.
However, the real reason that this movie is so significant is that it introduces Bond to the world. This movie was such a success no doubt because of Connery's acting ability. He brings a certain savoir fare to the role. Who can forget Bond's memorable debut to the world:
At a card table smoking a cigarette telling a beautiful woman that he's "Bond...James Bond." As he speaks these words, the James Bond theme music plays in the background. Mere words can't adequately express this PRICELESS scene. You HAVE to see it for yourself.
The main Bond girl is Honey Ryder played by Ursula Andress (whose voice was dubbed). Joseph Wiseman gives an unforgettable performance as Dr. No, a reclusive member of SPECTRE. Jack Lord (who would be later known for the hugely successful and long-running "Hawaii 5-0" television series) plays Felix Leiter, a CIA operative.
Some say that Q (the gadget master) is not in this movie. Actually he is. But he's played by a different actor (not the actor everyone is used too) and is addressed as "Armourer" and Major Boothroyd. He replaces Bond's Beretta handgun with a Walther PPK handgun.
M and Miss Moneypenny are also in this movie.
This movie was filmed in Jamaica and London, England.
When first released, this movie made about sixty million dollars worldwide. That's about four hundred and twenty-five million in today's dollars.
The only problem with this movie was the ending. It seems that the screenwriters were overly-concerned with introducing James Bond to the world. They do a great job of this. But they may have realized that the movie was getting too long. Thus the actual time they give to Dr. No on-screen is minimal and they make things too easy for Bond thus wrapping up the movie much too quickly. In other words, I was disappointed with the ending.
The DVD itself (the one released in Sept. 2007) is flawless in picture and sound quality. This movie has been digitally restored and I'm sure the picture is just as good (if not better!!) than when it was released just over 45 years ago. As well, there is one extra in the form of an audio commentary.
Finally, here is some information to consider. This DVD is actually the first disc of the two-disc "Ultimate Edition." Bond fanatics might want to purchase this two disc Ultimate Edition since the second disc has "the best collection of special features ever assembled for Bond." (Unfortunately, the Ultimate Edition is no longer available but it can be purchased second-hand.)
In conclusion, this was the Bond movie that started it all! For the true Bond enthusiast, this movie is a must!!
(1962; 1 hr 50 min; wide screen; 32 scenes)
- does not play on Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-Ray player
Dr. No (blu-ray) will not play on my Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-Ray player (with the latest June 2008 firmware). I have read that all the new James Bond blu-ray discs published by Fox will not play on Samsung, Sony, and perhaps other Blu-Ray players. Samsung has not announced any fix or plans for any fix.
Do not buy this disc unless you have heard for sure that it will work on your brand and model of Blu-Ray player....more info
- Dr. No
I gave it four stars because of its picture and sound quality.
It would have been better with a companion booklet.
Sorry Mr. Connery, but I'm NOT into this movie.
- The Inimitable DR. NO
We have all heard about `Product Placement' especially in the James Bond films. Did you know it goes all the way back to DR. NO and was very prominent? In the scene where Bond kicks and tosses Quarrel and Puss Feller into a stack of corrugated cartons, notice that those cartons are labeled `Red Stripe.' That's right, `Red Stripe' Beer from Jamaica! In this case `Product Placement' was not a bad thing because it adds to the authenticity of this film. In fact DR. NO is one of the best films of the series. It is much closer to Ian Fleming's prose than most of the other films thanks to Sean Connery's performance, Richard Maibaum's scripting and Terence Young's direction. At the same time other elements that would be unique to the series and distinguish it from other films were introduced here. Production designer Ken Adam's sets, attractively futuristic yet totally simplistic and functional, adorned by Syd Cain's detailed Art designs set the look for the entire series making their work in DR. NO the benchmark. Peter Hunt's intuitive and effective quick-cut editing paced the film like no other at its time. Maurice Binder's brainchild opening `gun barrel' is an incredible piece of Title Design, which is equaled only by the `James Bond Theme', composed and re-orchestrated by Monty Norman and John Barry. Ted Moore's cinematography, especially the shot of bikini clad Ursula Andress emerging from the sea, is now a classic and also set a standard for future `Bond Girls.' We are introduced to the organization known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in "Dr. No." What is unique to this film is the main villain brilliantly portrayed by Joseph Wiseman. He is unlike future main villains of the series. He isn't exactly what you may call a `social animal'. Joseph Wiseman's eerie portrayal made Dr. No one of the most mysterious and enigmatic of the series. In a way his portrayal seems like a model for the unseen Blofeld in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL. Rounded out by the beloved M portrayed by Bernard Lee, the lovely Miss Moneypenny played by Lois Maxwell, John Kitzmiller as Quarrel and Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, DR. NO ranks as one of the best.
- Dr. No (Blu-ray version)
Excellent conversion from film to digital. I saw the original movie when released in 1962 and this was even better than the theater version when viewed on my Sony KDL-52W4100 TV. The video detail and color rendering was suburb. Sound was somewhat disappointing on my Onyko TX-SR606 receiver with Polk RTi-8 fronts, RTI-A4 center and RTi-A3 surrounds. The dialog sometimes gets lost but in all fairness I may not have had the digital sound processing set up correctly. I rate this as 4 and a half stars for the technical aspects of the conversion of a 47 year old movie from analog to digital but it is overall a five star rating for the movie itself which is a classic. Highly recommended. ...more info
- The first one...
Done in such a way to be a bit realistic. Connery's only one like Moore. A great transfer like to rest, but...
- The best of the 007 series!
Sean Connery portrays everyone's favorite secret agent in this very first movie in the James Bond collection. It's up to him to fight crime and battle the evil Dr. No and his minions who will stop at nothing to destroy him. This is a must have for anyone's movie collection. I also happen to be obsessed with spiders, so I was very pleased with the tense section in the middle. To me, the section in "Donald's Dilemma" where Daisy Duck contemplates a few suicide related methods, and the section in "The Land Before Time V" where Littlefoot and his pals get chased by a great white shark, are potentially more terrifying for small children than the tarantula-in-bed gag in this film, followed by that where Bond smashes the arachnid 5 times with his shoe.
For a good introduction to James Bond and/or action films, this is an ideal choice. Get it and you won't be disappointed....more info
- Sean Connery is the perfect actor to bring Bond to life...
At the Chemin De fer, European Bacarat, Bond has his back to the camera and remains unrevealed until that precise moment when Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) uttered her first line of dialog, "I admire your luck, Mr. ...?" and he is seen for the first time lighting his cigarette and announcing himself as "Bond. James Bond."
Bond has dark, rather cruel good looks and a slight scar down one cheek... Tall, handsome, well-dressed, exquisitely mannered, and enormously charismatic, Sean Connery had all the bravura of Ian Fleming's secret agent... He has powerful sex appeal, and is a real lady killer.
Bond--licensed as 007 by his superiors to kill--is an embodiment of pure fantasy... He frequently travels under his own name, making no effort to hide his taste for luxury rivals, and his loves for sensual pleasure... He continually provokes his superiors, and ignores common sense and danger in his combat with villains...
Characterized as a cultivated gentleman and good officer who knows his wines, paintings and weaponry, Bond must often take a back seat to the super-spy hardware with which he is equipped... The technology exhibition play an important part in any Bond films...
With an essential Chinese look, Canadian actor Joseph Wiseman brought to life Dr. No--the first megalomaniac super villain of the atomic age...We first see his black steel hands when he pulls back the bed sheets covering a sleeping 007--Bond's code name... Wiseman looked the perfect combination of crippled scientist and criminal: From his heavily staffed underground base and using atomic energy, Dr. No--on behalf of the SPECTRE organization--was operating a device on the tropical island of Jamaica that massively interferes with the critical rocket launchings from Cape Canaveral...
The plot concerns a British agent, John Strangways, missing in Jamaica... Bond is sent to investigate... He discovered that Strangways was on the track of a certain Dr. No, owner of a mine on the nearby island of Crab Key... The locals avoided Crab Key, believing it haunted... Bond landed there, but instead of ghosts, came upon a girl named Honey on the beach... He was soon caught up in a deadly battle of wits with Dr. No, who planned to destroy the entire US space program...
Ursula Andress coming out of the water on Crab Key, dressed in a skimpy bikini, is the most famous introduction for a performer in screen history--paralleling Omar Sharif's arrival on camel in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," the same year...
Jack Lord was the first to portray CIA agent Felix Leiter...
Bernard Lee established himself as the perfect authority figure in the fist eleven James Bond movies...
Anthony Dawson had the memorable role of Grace Kelly's attempted murderer in Hitchcock's 1954 thriller "Dial M For Murder." As the chief agent of 'Dr No,' this lean-faced Scottish character actor planned numerous assassination attempts to eliminate Bond...
Lois Maxwell is the tall, distinguished-looking woman who portrayed M's secretary, Miss Moneypenny, in 14 James Bond films...
Zena Marshall is the seductive Miss Taro, who appeared fresh from the bath, wrapped in a towel in the hallway of her Blue Mountain cottage... She is the quintessential enemy agent--voluptuous, deadly and expendable...
Peter Burton made his one and only appearance as armorer Major Boothroyd who replaced Bond's gun, the .25 Beretta by the Walther PPK... In following films, his character was renamed 'Q' and was given to Desmond Llewellyn, who made the role his own...
If you really like mystery spoof, this is your chance to see the first and best adaptation of an Ian Fleming spy fantasy, mixing sex, violence and campy humor against expensive sets and exotic locales...
"Dr. No" had great Calypso ballads: the romantic, "Underneath The Mango Tree", the animated "Jump Up Jamaica", and the calypso version of "Three Blind Mice" to introduce the three blind beggars...
- Best Bond
Sean Connery is the penultimate Bond, mostly through sheer personality. There may not be the incredible effects as available today, but when it comes down to it - he's the Bond for all seasons....more info
- Bond on Blu.....at last!!!
My comments apply only to the newly released Blu Ray version.
I will not review the film it's self since everyone has no doubt seen it at least once.
I have waited 2 years for the Bond films to be released in a HD format, and the waite was worth it.
The picture quality of this old film is simply awesome. The color saturation, the "depth" and contrast are very film-like.
I felt like I was discovering the film for the very first time.
Watching it on my 60'' display, it looked like I was seeing a brand new, fresh from the lab, film print in my own living room.
And it gets better, I am told (but havent viewed my copy yet) that Thunderball looks even better.
If you are a Connery James Bond fan, and own Blu Ray, this is a no-brainer.
Highest possible recommendation, and Amazon has it for a good price.
- Excellent transfer of a classic film!
Dr. No, the original James Bond film with Sean Connery is a classic. Quality entertainment, if not necessarily a "great" film.
The more relevant feature to this review is the quality of the BD transfer. It is amply evident that producers went to great lengths to ensure a top quality production for this blu-ray disc. The colors are vibrant and clear, and though the BD exceeds the absolute resolution of the original film stock, and thus one can see the grain, the picture is always crisp and pleasing to the eye. Audio too is clear, though it can hardly compare to the best new BDs. All in all, a worthwhile upgrade from the DVD, if such things matter to you. ...more info
- Dr. No - Blu-ray Info
Version: U.S.A / Region-A
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1
Running time: 1:49:50
Movie size: 29,17 GB
Disc size: 42,75 GB
Average video bit rate: 29.32 Mbps
Number of chapters: 32
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3050 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 3050kbps (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48kHz / 24-bit / 1536kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48kHz / 448kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 224kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 224kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48kHz / 224kbps
Subtitles: English SDH / French / Spanish
#"The Complete Special Features Library: Mission Dossier" - Audio Commentary Featuring Director Terence Young and Members of the Cast and Crew
#"Top Level Access 007: License to Restore" - Featurette Detailing the Bond Ultimate Edition Film Restoration Process
#"Declassified: M16 Vault" - The Guns of James Bond
#"007 Mission Control" Interactive Guide Into the World of Dr. No
#Inside Dr. No
#Terence Young: Bond Vivant
#Dr. No 1963 Featurette
#"Ministry of Propaganda" - Original Trailers, TV Spots, Photo Gallery and Radio Communications...more info
Bond is King!
It's a shame they have 'weakened' him up quite a bit starting with golden eye. Connery was and is the best. Watch any of his bond movies and you'll get it. Edgy, fun and no corn ball drama! Casino royale? Almost got it but too much drama. Too much Boo Hoo! Classic bond is the best bond! in my opinion anyway....more info
- Blu-ray blows away the DVD version!
Just watched the blu-ray version and the quality and clarity are mind-blowing! I compared it immediately to my DVD version that had all kinds of video artifacts and the contrast was striking. You haven't seen Ursula Andress coming out of the water on the beach until you see it on HD! This a must-have for a Bond fan....more info
- Dr. Yes and Dr. No
This looks great. The 1:66 fills most of the screen of a 16/9 monitor. I like that. The transfer is about as good as it could possibly be. I've bought this on VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and now BD. They finally nailed it. My only quibble is with some of the extras. A couple of these, ported over from previous editions, are excellent. But what's with the incredibly useless process of a feature that simply shows you a brief scene in the film after clicking on it? You'll know what I mean when you peruse the extras. It's also astonishing to me that the "image galleries" still use tiny pictures that come nowhere near to filling up the screen. I can only speculate that the source for these is low resolution. Anyway, this is the real deal....more info