Nice start, but has not aged as well as others
I am a huge Bond fan, but like everyone else I favor some over others.
Truth be told, I am much more tolerant of a sub-par Bond film than I am
of a sub-par genre film. While it is difficult to look back and try to
imagine the impact that Dr. No must have had in its day, it is far less
difficult to admit that time has dimmed its impact. Other than its
claim to be the first in the series and thus setting up the ingredients
for future, better Bond films, it is a pleasant time-filler, but not a
landmark event. What works:
Bond: Sean Connery is excellent in the role for which he is most
associated with and creates the basis upon which all followers would be
measured. He superbly captures the suave machismo, the cold-blooded
nature and deadpan humor, which actually makes the character more
appealing than the one existing in Ian Fleming's pages.
Villain: Dr. No is a weak and forgettable villain. It is hard to take
him particularly seriously as he seems like a reject from a Get Smart
episode of an old Fu Manchu film. We never get the sense that the
heroes are in any real danger from him and his nefarious plot is dull.
Women: Ursula Andress became an icon with her unforgettable and sultry
entrance rising from the sea in her bikini. It is a memorable moment.
Unfortunately, her character has no real tie to the action and she
spends the remainder of the film in the background as eye candy. There
is not much of a character here for her to play.
Conclusion: A great starting point, but not one of the best of the
series due to a sub-par villain and an underused female lead. Connery's
bravura performance carries the day and expert direction carry the day
and set the tone for the rest of the series. It is a bit bizarre to see
a radically different credits sequence and no real Bond song. Jack Lord
of Hawaii 5-0 makes his one and only appearance as Felix Leiter and his
expression fails to change once..
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DR. NO was fun to watch. I enjoyed the music-especially the theme song. Sean Connery was great as 007 and one of my favorite scenes in movie history is in DR. NO- Sylvia Trench says "I admire your courage Mr-" 007-"Bond, James Bond" That part is great. I also watched this because it dawned the largest series in Film. This is good for any Bond or spy movie fan but be prepared for some slow parts, yet I recommend it. 7/10..
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the movies kind of great i love this movie a lot.
good action film .
lovely film luv it.
"So beware...Three blind mice..."
You don't review James Bond movies, you evaluate them, rate them
according to how well they meet expectations. There are certain things
one has come to expect, even demand of a Bond film and each individual
effort either delivers or it doesn't. So, here are ten elements that
make a Bond film a Bond film and how DR. NO rates on a scale of 1 to
Title: DR. NO, as a title, seems to be a pretty negative way to begin
the series, but it is pithy and to the point and somewhat
unforgettable. 7 points out of a possible 10.
Pre-Credit Teaser: The only one of the Bond films with no opening act.
Opening Credits: Art director and graphic designer Maurice Binder's
first crack at using the optical printer for a Bond film seems rather
primitive by the standards his work would set with future Bond films
and not even really on par with his work on other films from the same
era, like CHARADE or TWO FOR THE ROAD. Colorful graphics of people
dancing to Jamaican music is neither particularly sexy or exciting and
could just as easily have been used to open any TV series of the era.
He's obviously just getting a feel for the toy. 6 points.
Theme Song: There is no official theme song for the film itself, but
its introduction of Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme" is worth
applauding, though it is hard to know just what to think of the use of
a calypso version of "Three Blind Mice." 9 points.
"Bond, James Bond": Let's just say that while Sean Connery instantly
was able to wear the role of James Bond with casual assurance, he had
yet to allow his tongue to find its way into his cheek. Connery, like
the film itself, takes himself a bit to seriously, even as the plot
moves into the absurd. Count this as a trial run. 7 points.
Bond Babes: I won't say that the bikini-clad image of Ursula Andress as
Honey Ryder emerging from the ocean dripping wet is the primary reason
for the first Bond adventure's box office success, but it sure didn't
hurt. No, on second thought, I will say that Ursula's iconic image
probably made the film cross over from being an okay movie to being the
introduction of an international phenomenon. Her attempts to act,
happily, didn't do too much harm. 10 points.
Bond Villain: As Dr. No, Joseph Wiseman seems to be going for an
attitude of inscrutable evil, but ends up coming closer to being
numbingly comatose. I can't think of another Bond villain who seems to
enjoy his evil less. Quite possibly the dullest Bond villain of all
time. 1 point.
Bond Baddies: Anthony Dawson as a jittery scientist is hardly worth
noting as a henchman, but "The Three Blind Mice," a hit squad of a trio
of faux blind guys traveling around in an ancient black hearse,
certainly give the film a much needed touch of whimsy. Otherwise Dr. No
seems to be surrounded by the usual phalanx of nameless, faceless
private soldiers. 6 points.
Plot: Not that it matters, but the not-so-good Doctor is using
radioactive waves to screw up the United States space program. Why
really isn't that important. 5 points.
Production Values: Maybe it is because Dr. No is supposedly Asian, but
the film seems to have the look and the feel of a cheapo chop-socky or
Godzilla flick. The first of the series was obviously low budget and
the producers apparently had yet to develop the taste for gaudy excess.
To put it bluntly, the film looks and feels tacky. Better things lay
ahead for all involved. 4 points.
Bonus Points: Let's be generous and allow an extra 5 points to the film
for introducing to the world to both the phrase "Bond, James Bond" and
the iconic image of the gun barrel framing image that defines the
essence of Bondian danger.
Summary: DR. NO is remarkable for being so absolutely unremarkable. Not
a good movie, in and of itself, but a decent promise of things to come.
Bond-o-meter Rating: 60 points out of a possible 100..