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Dr. No (1962)

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A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Kitzmiller ...
Quarrel (as John Kitzmuller)
Yvonne Shima ...
Michel Mok ...
Marguerite LeWars ...
Photographer (as Margaret Le Wars) (as Marguerite Lewars: end credits)
William Foster-Davis ...
Superintendent (as Wm. Foster-Davis)


James Bond (007) is Britain's top agent and is on an exciting mission, to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with Quarrel and a loyal CIA agent, Felix Leiter. While dodging tarantulas, "fire breathing dragons" and a trio of assassins, known as the three blind mice. Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No. Written by simon_hrdng

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His name is Bond; James Bond. See more »


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Release Date:

8 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El satánico Dr. No  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)


$16,067,035 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (as Technicolor ©)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the novel, Honey is completely naked when Bond first meets her. This was changed because there was no way that the censors would approve it. See more »


When Bond enters Moneypenny's office, the elevator doors don't slide at the same time and one doesn't slide all the way out. They are obviously being operated manually. See more »


[James Bond's first scene, winning a game of chemin-de-fer]
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Twenty installments later and what's better?
25 March 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Commenting on DR NO is a little like being asked to review 'Genesis" or "The Gospel According to Matthew." It IS what it is! Connery WAS Bond from the instant he appeared on screen and remember Ian Fleming, his creator was still alive at this stage. (Fleming in fact saw the first three Bonds but died before the release of THUNDERBALL)

DR NO set the standards, albeit with a limited budget, for the entire series. Action, pretty girls, one-liners and impossibly cashed-up enemies. My own father was a confirmed Bond addict (having worked in army intelligence during WW2) and had been greatly looking forward to the release of this film. Cruelly, he died just a couple of weeks before its premiere in London in 1962. I made up for it however by seeing it four days running. At the time, just about as exciting as films got, it was an enormous box office smash and vindicated the studio's decision to sign Connery. Fleming in fact had wanted Roger Moore for the role, who was then riding high with THE SAINT worldwide and was unavailable for filming. Connery, who's only claim to fame at the time was as a part time male model and bit-part actor, his biggest role having been as a truckie in HELL DRIVERS three years earlier.

Of course DR NO is dated now - its 40 years old! and deserves to be looked at from that standpoint The action sequences were raw in parts, pretty good in others. Sure the car chase scenes in Jamaica with the laughable back-projections are a cackfest now but none of this matters. The sets were imaginative, the fights good stuff, Ursula Andress enough for any young man's wet dream and Wiseman as DR No himself probably the best villain of them all, despite his very limited screentime. Very imaginative sets for the time and pyrotechnics to please.

When it came to my home-town I took several days off college and watched it with fellow students. This was way better than Latin and calculus!

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