Mission: Dr. No
Released: October 7, 1962
Bond: Sean Connery
Director: Terence Young
Budget: $1.1 Million
U.S. Boxoffice: $16 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $59.6 Million
Running Time: 111 Minutes
UnivEx Rating: 005
Villain: Dr. Julius No
Scheme: The interruption of space ship launches
Henchmen: Professor Anthony Dent
Girls: Sylvia Trench, Ms. Taro, Honey Ryder
Allies: Felix Leiter, Quarrel, Pussfella
Bond's Kill Count: 5
Bond's Conquest Count: 3
Summary: Bond's mission takes him to the steamy island of Jamaica, where mysterious energy waves are interfering with U.S. missile launches. As he unravels the astonishing truth, 007 must fight deadly assassins, sexy femmes fatales and even a poisonous tarantula. With the help of crack CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), he searches for the headquarters of Dr. No, a fanatical scientist who is implementing an evil plan of world domination. Only James Bond, with his combination of wit, charm and skill, can confront the madman and save the human race from a horrible fate.
Review: The one that started it all. Most of the elements were introduced here: Felix Leiter, M, Moneypenny, and Bond's womanizing. The plot was simple and the movie was very low-key and down to earth; there were no Q gadgets to save the day, only Bond's cunning and intuition. This made it a more realistic film and more like Fleming's novels. Perhaps the best scene was when the tarantula was crawling up Bond's arm. Enhanced by John Barry's stunning score, you could actually see the fear on Bond's face as the spider got closer and closer to his neck.
Another aspect of the film that was very well done was Bond's killing of Professor Dent. Even after Dent was obviously dead, Bond still shot another slug into his back which shows his cold-blooded side. This kind of display is lost in future movies as Bond became more of a people's secret agent. As for Connery, this was a very good start, even though he seemed a bit unsure of the character and its possibilities.Universal Exports Rating: 005
First appearance of Major Boothroyd (Q)
First time Bond has a vodka martini
First time Bond's apartment is seen
First time Bond uses the Walther PPK
First time Bond drives an American car
First mention of SPECTRE
First time Bond shoots someone in cold blood (Professor Dent)
Bond's first interracial romance (Ms. Taro)
The close-up shots of Sean Connery with the spider on him were filmed with a glass plate under the spider. |
Ursula Andress was offered the role after the producers saw a picture of her in a wet t-shirt contest.
In the first draft, Dr. No was a monkey.
Ian Fleming originally wanted Roger Moore to play Bond in Dr. No after Cary Grant said he would only play Bond once.
When 007 enters Dr. No's dining room he stops to take a second look at a painting. The painting is Goya's picture of the Duke of Wellington, which was stolen in real life week or two before filming began.