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 Dr. No 

What grade would you give this film?
A 43%  43%  [ 3 ]
B 43%  43%  [ 3 ]
C 14%  14%  [ 1 ]
D 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
F 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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Dr. No (1962), starring Sean Connery, is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was directed by Terence Young, and produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975.

In the film, James Bond is sent to Jamaica on an investigation into the death of a fellow British agent. The murder trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. Julius No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon. Although the first of the Bond books to be made into a film, Dr. No wasn't the first of Fleming's novels, Casino Royale being the debut for the character. However, the film makes a few references to threads from earlier books, such as M mentioning that Bond's current gun gave him problems, before presenting him with his more well known Walther PPK.

Dr. No was produced with a low budget, but was a financial success, leading to a series of films that continues to this day. Dr. No also launched a successful genre of "secret agent" films that flourished in the 1960s. Many of the iconic aspects of a typical James Bond film were established in Dr. No, beginning with what is known as the gun barrel sequence. The film begins with an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel, and a highly stylised main title sequence, both created by Maurice Binder. In his work on film, production designer Ken Adam established a unique and expansive visual style that is one of the hallmarks of the Bond film series.


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My personal favorite Bond film. This was the film that forever cemented Sean Connery as my favorite actor.

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Great start to a series, The best Bond, Connery, but not his best at the role. Solid A though.

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A top 5 Bond film, for sure.

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Phenomenal for its time. Great movie.

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Likable and forever iconic. I don't think of it as a masterpiece, but a very solid part of the franchise. I appreciate how "important" it is in film history, but I will always prefer Goldfinger as the true definition of Bond.

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[font=century gothic]The first time I watched the film I fell asleep through it. Granted I was 12 and just discovering the Bond series, but for me at the time the film just didn't flow, and the one action sequence (An explosion really), just didn't cut it for me.

Later on I learned to discover what makes this film great. It's a top notch thriller and it has Ursula Andress in a bikini. I also like that Connery's Bond is kind of ruthless in this film. His Bond shows his ruthlessness from time to time in his other outings, but it's most apparent here.

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Great as the introduction of Bond, but not necessarily a great film. Some scenes are pretty good, showcasing Bond's talents and cementing his iconic status, but the climax is laughably silly and not very thrilling. Connery was just getting settled into the role, so he's a bit all over the place, and the character is not as witty or charming as he would become. Ursula Andress is one of the best looking Bond girls of all time, but she doesn't do a whole lot besides that. And the titular villain, despite the cool metal hands, is pretty lame. Important for the beginning of the franchise, but not one of its better installments.

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Okay. The first time I saw this film was all the way back in 1997 (I lied before. I wasn't 12, I was 10) before Tomorrow Never Dies (First Bond I saw in theaters) came out. You Only Live Twice was the first Bond film I ever watched. Dr. No was the second and it did in fact put me to sleep the first time I saw it. I saw it again shortly there after and I liked it again and have watched it a number of times since.

But let me go ahead and disagree with some of the things I mentioned two years ago. It's not very thrilling, let alone being a top notch thriller. A good part of this is due to the film's limited budget, but not a whole helluva lot happens. You have your iconic shots, you've got your grandiose sets, and you've got a decent villian, but the film is kind of slow. The reason why the film works though is because of Sean Connery. Even though it's his first outing as Bond he's got the part down. He's cool, he's calculated, he's charming and he's ruthless. He's the entire package here. He's the reason why Dr. No works and he's the reason why we're still talking about Bond on film 46 years later.

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This is the first of the older films in the series that I've watched on Blu-ray and I've got to say that the film looks absolutely stunning. Usually when you read a DVD review about an older film and it says something along the lines of, "It looks like it was filmed yesterday" (or something that), I usually call bullshit on it. I read the same thing about the Bond Blu-ray's. If the film didn't look dated, you could fool almost think it was made recently (despite the fact that Connery became extremely famous and is now 46 years older). The film looks that good.

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I'm once again revisiting these in time for the release of Skyfall.

It's too slow, it's not very thrilling, the villain is hilariously offensive, but Connery and the way Terrence Young directs him ultimately saves the day.

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1. Dr. No (1962) - *** (B)

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Good film, not spectacular (then again, which Bond movies are?). Nice starter, slow, iconic, great villain, and sexy Bond girl. Overall a fine Bond movie. Could do with more excitement, but I suppose in the 60's that was true escapism.

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Iconic film but not that well done...

Still loads of Fun

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