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Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 10/21/2008 Run time: 110 minutes Rating: Pg

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

Customer Reviews:

  • TRUE TO THE BOOK -- THIS IS THE BOND THAT STARTED 007's FILM CAREER
    THE 1ST OF MANY TO COME - DR. NO HAS MUCH TO RECOMMEND IT AFTER 45 YEARS

    IN A NUTSHELL: A NEW KIND OF HERO MEETS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR TERRORIST!

    This is the Bond thriller, starring Sean Connery, that started the Bond film franchise, and it is still a treat to watch after 45 years. However, my first experience with Dr. No was reading the book prior to the film's release in 1962. Very much to my surprise, the film was very true to the book which contributes to its lasting appeal today as much more than just a period piece.

    WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: VERY SIMPLE & STRAIGHTFORWARD THEME - BUT NEW IN TONE!

    The radio from Jamaica has gone silent, so James Bond is sent to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. Bond's investigation slowly reveals that the foul play may be of a more serious nature than just the murder of two British operatives. During the course of his sleuthing about, Bond finds his investigation has brought him into contact with the fiendish and unscrupulous Chinese scientist known as Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman).

    Dr. No occupied an old bauxite-mining island, called Crab Key, where he set up a nuclear reactor. Dr. No's evil plan was to divert rockets being fired from Cape Canaveral off their planned course and to blackmail the United States to get their rocket launches restored to U.S. control.

    Yes, it does sound a lot like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, but this thriller pre-dated Austin Powers by nearly 40 years.

    -----*- THE ACTORS -*

    SEAN CONNERY AS JAMES BOND IN DR. NO:
    Of course, Sean Connery firmly establishes himself in the role of 007 by defining the role that he brought so vividly to life on the screen which had previously been limited to paperback novels. We see a more serious, and perhaps a more violent Bond, with less of a sense of humor than he later developed in Goldfinger. Nevertheless, he was well-prepared for the ladies when they arrived and still managed to get the job done.

    JOSEPH WISEMAN AS SUPERVILLAIN DR. NO:
    Estranged and bitter toward the world that he felt had rejected him, Dr. No had no regrets about the treachery and carnage that he was threatening the world with. This estrangement was apparent when he met and tried to recruit 007, believing that Bond would appreciate the scope of his [Dr. No] achievements (despite their obvious differences) and join him as a colleague, and maybe even a friend. This sub-plot portrayed Dr. No as a poor Frankenstein-esque creature that was just a product of his horrible experiences and mistreatment by a world that rejected him. His gloved hands, which concealed claws where hands had been, the result of a nuclear accident, were the physical embodiment of the tragedy of Dr. No, making him both a formidable villian and someone who could gain our sympathy.

    URSULA ANDRESS AS SUPERSEXY HONEY RIDER:
    I do wish they gave her a more meaningful role, but she is nevertheless very compelling while setting the standard for what a "Bond Girl" on the screen should be. Andress won the only award that this very deserving film received, "New Star of the Year - Female (win) Ursula Andress 1963 Golden Globe" and she went on to become a star in her own right.

    Sean Connery - James Bond
    Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder
    Joseph Wiseman - Dr. No
    Jack Lord - Felix Leiter
    Bernard Lee - M
    Anthony Dawson - Prof. Dent
    Zena Marshall - Miss Taro
    John Kitzmiller - Quarrel
    Eunice Gayson - Sylvia
    Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny

    ABOUT THE DVD: EXCELLENT TRANSFER -

    -----*- DVD Features:

    -----* Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    * Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish

    -----* Commentary by: director Terence Young, the Cast and Crew
    -----* Documentaries: Inside Dr. No & Terence Young: Bond Vivant Documentary
    -----* Dr. No Featurette
    -----* Exciting Still Gallery
    -----* Original TV Ads & Radio Spots
    -----* Collectible Making-Of Booklet

    BOTTOM LINE: 007 IS A NEW KIND OF HERO - BOND IS COOL!

    If you are a Bond fan, this film is probably one of your favorites. If you somehow missed seeing this one, you will probably find this first of a long line of Bond film epics to be uniquely original and a little campy and old-fashioned. Nevertheless, it has a certain realness to it that few films of this genre can approach....more info
  • If You Only See One Bond Movie, THIS IS THE ONE!!
    I didn't get this DVD yet, rather I just ordered it. Up until about one year ago, I had never, ever seen a James Bond movie, and had not interest in seeing one either, it just was not my thing. Then, one cold night (about 1AM) in January of "05" I was bored and nothing was on TV. I somehow ended up on AMC, and they happened to be running a James Bond movie marathon. The movie I happened upon was this one, Dr No. the movie was about a third of the way through, but for some reason, I was captivated, and could not stop watching... This movie seriously rocked, and it from my guess anyways was about 30 or 40 years old!! Not to mention, I only saw half of the movie. A few days later I saw it was on again, and this time saw the whole thing, again, I was just blown away!! This was a great movie, and I am not a movie person. Getting a root canal was higher on my list of things I would rather do than watch a movie from the 60's! But this was a turning point for me. The marathon lasted the whole week and I was able to see many more Bond films. Some of my other new favs were, Goldfinger, Live And Let Die, MOONRAKER (my next addition to my DVD collection!!), View To A Kill, and Diamonds Are Forever ( I love the two homo's). Like I said, I am not a movie person,not by a longshot. Never had an interest in this sort of thing before. But I just cant get enough of James Bond. I can't wait to get my Dr No DVD. Rest assured, this DVD will be getting played every night and as often as possible. One of the things I like about these Bond movies is how many different sub plots and layers there are to these films.

    I just cant wait.

    As I said in my opening line, IF YOU ONLY SEE ONE JAMES BOND MOVIE, THIS IS THE ONE!!! You will be hooked on James Bond!

    (...)...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. 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
  • Bond...James Bond.
    Sean Connery is "Secret Agent 007, "James Bond", in this very first theatrical "James Bond" film that started it all (1962-2008).
    Tjhis film premiered in London, England on October 5, 1962. It wasn't seen in the USA until May 8, 1963.
    Sean Connery continued to be Bond through 1967 and returned in 1971 and 1983. Six "official" films and one more declared "Unofficial" (Never Say Never Again, 1983) because it was made by a different production company, not EON Productions.
    James Bond sure does have a way with women. At a casino, he meets his first Bond girl, Sylvia Trent (Eunice Gayson). At least she gets his phone number and invitation for tomorrow.
    Duty calls. He must hurry to the MI6 Headquarters. Secretary, "Miss Moneypenny" (Lois Mazwell, in the role she would play for 23 years, 1962-1985)been trying to reach Bond all over London. Bond would rather tease Moneypenny about her affections towards him. Once in a while, Moneypenny shows a hint of jealousy.
    His boss, "M" (Bernard Lee, a role he would until 1979) tells him his new mission to find Commander Strangways (Timothy Moxon) in Kingston, Jamaica. There he will meet with a new co-worker, agent Felix Leiter (Jack Lord, Hawaii 5-O tv series 1968-80). Major Boothroyd (Peter Burton) gives him the appropriate Walther PPK.
    Bond lands in Jamaica and already has a man on his tail. He accepts the ride from the chauffeur, Mr. Jones (Reginald Carter) to the Government House. Along his mission, when he arrives in Crab Key, he sees a bikini-clad woman arising from the sea singing, "Underneath the Mango Tree". She is looking at her seashells. James Bond is looking at...well just looking. The lady is "Honey Ryder" (Ursula Andress). Of course, Bond will be honorable. All in a day's work for Bond. He discovers the villian is Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman).
    Ursula Andress also appears in CASINO ROYALE (1967).
    Special Features includes "Inside Dr. No" 42-minute documentary with interviews by David Picker, Dana Broccoli, Steven Saltzman, Michael G. Wilson, Terence Young, Stanley Sopel, Sean Connery, Ken Adam, Chris Blackwell, Peter Hunt, Lois Maxwell, Eunice Gayson, Ursula Andress, Marguerite Lewars, Timothy Moxon, Monty Norman and Syd Cain.
    "Terence Young: Bond Vivant", a 22-minute documentary with interviews by Richard Graydon, Michael G. Wilson, Ursula Andress, Peter Hunt, George Leech, Syd Cain, Mollie Peters, Juliet Nissen, David Picker, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, John Stears, Luciana Paluzzi and Matina Beswick.
    Also: Dr. No featurette from 1963. 4 movie trailers, 2 tv spots, 6 radio spots, picture gallery. Audio Commentary with Terence Young and cast and crew.
    James Bond returns in: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)....more info
  • The Beginning of Bond
    The year was 1962. The era of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Khrushchev, the Berlin Wall, and the ever present threat that communists would attempt to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons. Enter James Bond, 007, license to kill. At first you think that James is out to beat a communist threat. It is only later that it is revealed that the dreaded S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization is really who is bankrolling Dr. No. Of course, for the audience of 1962, it had to be the Soviets or the Chinese, so revealing that there was an organization even more dreaded must mean they are truly evil.

    Sean Connery does an excellent job in this movie. There are minimal special effects, and some would be classed as slightly cheesy, but the movie is played very seriously, with only a minimal amount of tongue-in-cheek. James Bond is clearly yet to be a super-spy. He has weaknesses and is quickly put back in his place by M, his boss, when he steps out of line. Remember that Sean Connery was a relative unknown in 1962, having starred in a Disney movie and a few other places, he wasn't a well-known actor. His performance in this movie is indicative of his nascent talent, played precisely and assuredly.

    Ursula Andress plays the first Bond girl, Honey Ryder, but is clearly not a blushing beauty. She exudes innocence, and yet she is intelligent and ready to defend herself. She put a black widow spider in the bed of a man who forced her into having sex with him, so she clearly is strong-willed and not to be trifled with.

    Jack Lord, already a TV star, makes an appearance as Felix Leiter, playing him in a style that would become famous on "Hawaii Five-O" years into the future.

    The quality of the picture and the sound leaves something to be desired. Both need to be restored. However, in a choice between no Dr. No and Dr. No with less than optimal picture, I choose Dr. No. It's also easy to compare this 40-year-old movie's special effects with those of today and laugh. For example, the car exploding halfway down the cliff without hitting anything. Or the "deadly" tarantula walking on a projection screen that was supposed to be Sean Connery's arm. Minor transgressions that only add to the character of what was even then a relatively low-budget film.

    As I get older, and today's movies become more sophisticated and special effects dependent, sometimes it's refreshing to look back to the days when you could readily tell the good guys from the bad guys, and it was shocking to see a good guy deliberately kill a bad guy. This movie is solid popcorn fare. Watch and enjoy.
    ...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.
    6.5/10...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
    #Premiere 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
  • 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
  • The second best James Bond movie of all - with the best James Bond!
    Hawai'i Five-0 fans will be proud of the future
    Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) in here. For the
    best James Bond movie, I nominate "For Her
    Magesty's Secret Service" [critics call it
    the "Best James Bond movie, with the worst
    James Bond", not fair to George Lazenby, who
    also played in Hawai'i Five-0 latter, in an
    episode called, "Year of the Horse"..."...
    Pure Boogie, baby!"......more info
  • 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
  • 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.

    JC...more info
  • Underneath the mango tree Me honey and me can watch...
    This one remains my favorite from my 007 list (which only includes those with Connery and Brosnan). Dr. No is the perfect introduction of the entire James Bond series. From the beginning of this movie you will come across gadgets that only 007 can have, girls that only 007 can date, and troubles that only 007 can handle!

    Sean Connery plays role of an MI6 agent who will do any thing for his Majesty's order. His acting was improved in the later movies like Gold Finger, and Thunderball, but he still manages to pull the show brilliantly in this movie. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder looked stunning from the scene one of her appearance. However, my favorite in all the James Bond series is still the sweetest female of all "Lois Maxwell" as Miss Moneypenny!

    My favorite soundtracks are: "Underneath the mango tree", "Jump Up", and the "The Island Speaks". Overall, a DVD worth adding to your collection and a must if you are a Bond fan too!
    ...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...

    No 'Goldfinger'?!!!!!
    ...more info
  • Dr No, Blu Yes
    I have purchased the 3 Connery Bond films available on Blu-ray at this point in time, but only watched Dr No so far. I was amazed at the quality of this film (displayed from my Panasonic player for those reviewers that had trouble on other brands). As others have said, if you like these early Bond films, you will really like these films that have been remastered for Blu-ray. I watched the disc special feature that discussed the process they went through to remaster this, it was a lot of effort, with great results. HIGHLY recommended !...more info
  • 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 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.
    ...more info
  • A Bond classic brought back to life (Blu-ray edition)
    There have been innumerable efforts to imitate what this first, genre-defining, Bond film achieved, only an handful of which do near as well. Dr. No deserves credit for establishing everything that constitutes a Bond film, without any of the emphasis on gadgets and dumb fantasy seen in many of the later entries in the franchise. Sean Connery's portrayal here also comes closer to Ian Fleming's character than anything that followed. This blu-ray edition is a fully restored, based upon a super hi-res digital scan of the actual film negative that went through camera. (That is explained in detail on one of several interesting shorts included on the disc.) It achieves a stunning level of visual quality, exceeding what one might have seen in a theater in 1962 and up to par with the most recent Bond films. The intense colors of the montage of dancing silhouettes behind the opening credits are especially striking. This loving restoration presents the film in a new light. The disc itself is loaded with extras and free of any advertising. A must-see for any fan of Bond with a hi-def video system....more info
  • The Bond movie that started it all!!!!
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    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)

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  • THE 1ST OF MANY TO COME - DR. NO HAS MUCH TO RECOMMEND IT AFTER 45 YEARS!

    IN A NUTSHELL: A NEW KIND OF HERO MEETS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR TERRORIST!

    This is the Bond thriller, starring Sean Connery, that started the Bond film franchise, and it is still a treat to watch after 45 years. However, my first experience with Dr. No, was reading the book prior to the film's release in 1962. Very much to my surprise, the film was very true to the book which contributes to its lasting appeal today as much more than just a period piece.

    WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT: VERY SIMPLE & STRAIGHTFORWARD THEME - BUT NEW IN TONE!

    The radio from Jamaica has gone silent, so James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. Bond's investigation slowly reveals that the foul play may be of a more serious nature than just the murder of two Brittish operatives. During the course of his sleuthing about, Bond finds his investigation has brought him into contact with the fiendish and unscrupulous Chinese scientist known as Dr. No. (Joseph Wiseman)

    Dr. No occupied an old bauxite mining island, called Crab Key, where he set up a nuclear reactor. Dr. No's evil plan was to divert rockets being fired from Cape Canaveral off their planned course, and to blackmail the United States to get their rocket launches restored to U.S. control.

    Yes, it does sound a lot like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, but this thriller pre-dated Austin Powers by nearly 40 years.



    ABOUT THE ACTORS - PRODUCTION CREW & THE AWARDS

    -----*- THE ACTORS -*

    SEAN CONNERY AS JAMES BOND IN DR. NO:
    Of course, Sean Connery firmly establishes himself in the role of 007 by defining the role that he brought so vividly to life on the screen which had previously been limited to paperback novels. We see a more serious, and perhaps a more violent Bond, with less of a sense of humor than he later developed in Goldfinger. Nevertheless, he was well prepared for the ladies when they arrived and still managed to get the job done.

    JOSEPH WISEMAN AS SUPERVILLAIN DR. NO:
    Estranged and bitter toward the world that he felt had rejected him, Dr. No had no regrets about the treachery and carnage that he was threatening the world with. This estrangement was apparent when he met and tried to recruit 007, believing that although Bond had injured his organization, Bond would appreciate the scope of his [Dr.No] achievements, and join him as a colleague, and maybe even a friend. This sub-plot portrayed Dr. No, as a poor Frankenstein-esque creature that was just a product of his horrible experiences, and mistreatment by a world that rejected him. His gloved hands, which concealed claws where hands had been, the result of a nuclear accident, were the physical embodiment of the tragedy of Dr. No, making him both a formidable villian and someone who could gain our sympathy.

    URSULA ANDRESS AS SUPERSEXY HONEY RIDER:
    I do wish they gave her a more meaningful role, but she is nevertheless very compelling, while setting the standard for what a "Bond-Girl" on the screen, should be. Andress won the only award that this very deserving film received, "New Star of the Year - Female (win) Ursula Andress 1963 Golden Globe" and she went on to become a star in her own right.

    Sean Connery - James Bond
    Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder
    Joseph Wiseman - Dr. No
    Jack Lord - Felix Leiter
    Bernard Lee - M
    Anthony Dawson - Prof. Dent
    Zena Marshall - Miss Taro
    John Kitzmiller - Quarrel
    Eunice Gayson - Sylvia
    Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny

    -----*- PRODUCTION CREW -*

    Terence Young - Director
    Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
    Harry Saltzman - Producer
    Ian Fleming - Book Author
    Johanna Harwood - Screenwriter
    Richard Maibaum - Screenwriter
    Berkley Mather - Screenwriter
    Ted Moore - Cinematographer
    John Barry - Composer (Music Score)
    Monty Norman - Composer (Music Score)
    Eric Rogers - Musical Direction/Supervision
    Peter Hunt - Editor
    Ken Adam - Production Designer
    Sidney Cain - Art Director
    Syd Cain - Art Director
    John O'Gorman - Makeup
    Frank George - Special Effects

    ABOUT THE DVD: EXCELLENT TRANSFER - WISH IT HAD SOME OF THE FEATURES OFFERED ON OTHER BOND DVDs


    BOTTOM LINE: 007 IS A NEW KIND OF HERO - BOND IS COOL!

    If you are a Bond fan, this film is probably one of your favorites. If you somehow missed seeing this one, you will probably find this first of a long line of Bond film epics, to be uniquely original, and a little campy and old fashioned. Nevertheless, it has a certain realness to it that few films of this genre can come close to.


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  • dvd feedback
    I love the james bond collection. I could not wait until they became available on dvd....more info
  • First bond movie that was true to the Novel
    This was an excellent film that was true to the Novel. Also, Connery was at his best and was sharp. Bond girls was excellent especially Honey Rider. This movie is good to watch for those who have not seen a James Bond film. They don't make them like they used to. Also, Ian Fleming was alive at the time so he had alot of influence on how the movie turned out....more info
  • Good
    Sean Connery was a bit too young. From Russia with Love was better ...more info
  • 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
  • A very cool cat.
    I was seventeen the first time I saw this movie and I liked it not for the way James Bond handled things but really for the way the film was shot. A lot of the scenes were filmed at night which is unusual for just about every movie I have seen. This is important to the series I think. It establishes that cool calm and collected image wrapped up inside a man capable of so much. Its not that this was the first film in the series and deserves credit for birthing it, its that Connery's characterization of Bond in this film is so unique to the series. The movie could stand alone. Even if they never made another Bond film, this was enough. For 1962, wow!! Consider what was going on in the world folks!! I commend the writers and directors for having the guts to make this film....more info
  • "My name is James...What's yours?"
    This first film of the Bond franchise effectively introduced the world to Sean Connery and to his action alter-ego James Bond in 1962. Even forty-some-odd years later, DR. NO, with its deceptively simple settings and technologies, remains among the best of the Bonds.

    Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme" is in evidence, as is a primitive "opening montage." Ken Adam creates some striking sets. All this on a no-frills budget of about a million dollars!

    Truly a late Fifties artifact, DR. NO has a small-budget feel, just a little gadgetry, a few very pretty girls (most memorably the amorous Sylvia Trench and of course Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in her custom white bikini), an unquestionably despicable villain, a restrained quintessentially British hero, and a good strong storyline, which tracks Ian Fleming's novel comfortably but not entirely faithfully.

    Since the film is not following the "Bond formula" it has nothing to live up to and operates solely on its own terms. Watch Bond's easy approach to others, and keep a close eye on how others, particularly women, react to him.

    James Bond is sent to investigate the disappearance of Commander Strangways, Jamaica's MI-6 Station Chief. His investigation leads him to the mysterious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), an eccentric Eurasian scientist with a mad plan for world domination.

    DR. NO reminds us that Bond is in his origins and essentials, a secret agent. DR. NO is Bond Simple: Instead of huge set-piece battles, groundbreaking special effects, and overwhelming pyrotechnics, DR. NO relies on characterization and story to hold the viewer's interest.

    As with most of the Bond Special Edition DVDs, this one is packed with goodies, although, DR. NO being a "little" film, they are a bit slender in comparison to the DVD mega-blockbusters GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, and DIE ANOTHER DAY which had a second "extras" disc.

    It's clear in the end that James Bond is going places. This movie started the embryonic franchise off on just the right footing. I wish every Bond movie that followed could have been at least as good as DR. NO. ...more info
  • 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