Channeling Fu Manchu
Like The Road To Singapore, Dr. No was the first and not the best of
the James Bond films. But it set certain standards and norms for what
fans came to expect from Bond features. First and foremost a suave, but
very capable and dangerous Sean Connery in the title role.
Though this film made Sean Connery an international star it took him
years to get a commercial hit in which he wasn't James Bond. It
frustrated him no end and I can certainly sympathize. As I've said in
other reviews, I like Sean Connery as an actor, but as James Bond I've
always preferred Roger Moore.
That being said Ian Fleming for his Oriental villain Dr. No in which
Joseph Wiseman does a superb job, reaches further back into literature
and channels Fu Manchu into his character of Dr. No. Wiseman has been
using a small private island off of Jamaica for a scheme to disrupt the
American space program. Just a few years back the USA had a series of
spectacular failures in its space program while the Russians were
forging ahead. This film gives us the proposition that there is a
sinister force behind our failures, that force being Dr. No and the
third echelon behind him, SPECTRE. The organization SPECTRE would
appear in many more Bond features.
A trio of delightful beauties appear in Dr. No who become the first
Bond girls. Zena Marshall is the SPECTRE agent planted in British
Intelligence, Eunice Grayson as a lovely beauty Connery leaves at a
gambling club when duty calls, and finally Ursula Andress whose a diver
looking for seashells who accidentally stumbles into Bond's mission to
One thing that dates Dr. No terribly is the climax. I can't say what
happens, but the results should have been Chernobyl like all over the
Caribbean. That's something I'm sure Ian Fleming didn't take into
account when he wrote the book.
Still Dr. No is great stuff and it sets the Bond standard..
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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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You have to start somewhere
The James Bond franchise is one of the most successful and lucrative in
film history. When you look back on Bond's first film salvo, Dr. No, it
is a little hard to imagine that all that success would follow down the
decades. Because truth be told this is not a very good movie. It may
work as a nostalgia trip, as a bit of film history. There is an
undeniable curiosity to seeing the first Bond film. Watching this film
may satisfy that curiosity but that's about it. If you ignore the
billion-dollar franchise it spawned and take the film on its own merits
Dr. No just doesn't work.
Perhaps the movie's biggest flaw is that the story is incredibly simple
and not particularly interesting. Our villain, Dr. No, is, from his
Jamaican lair, using radio waves to jam American rockets. If this
doesn't strike you as being that big a deal you're right. There's very
little sense of drama here. Bond villains in films to come had grand
plans with undeniable high stakes. This villainous plan, and the
villain himself, come off as a bit of a dud. So, lacking that drama any
good movie needs, the movie slogs along towards its finish. There are
some good moments sprinkled throughout. But in this case good moments
do not a good movie make. And in the end comes a big letdown. Because
for all its failings you hold out hope throughout that perhaps the
movie will at least have a smashing conclusion. But sadly that is not
to be. The big climactic final scene is more farcical than powerful. It
all comes off as being a little silly. And silly is not really the
effect you're looking for in a James Bond movie.
Yes, Sean Connery is a terrific James Bond. And it is interesting to
see so many Bond firsts. There's the first appearance of that now so
familiar musical theme. The first appearances of characters we would
come to know and love in the films to follow. The first "Bond, James
Bond." The first shaken martini. The first Bond girls, with bonus
points for the famously memorable way in which Ursula Andress, as Honey
Ryder, is introduced in the film. And so many other firsts, too
numerous to mention. So go ahead and watch Dr. No for its place in film
history, for the nostalgia trip it provides. And then go watch a better
James Bond movie..