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Dr. No (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 7 October 1962 (UK)
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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Superintendent (as Wm. Foster-Davis)
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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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7 October 1962 (UK)  »

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El satánico Dr. No  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$16,067,035 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The producers met Sean Connery but were dubious as to whether the Scot could play the jet-setting character, as his background was a working-class Scot born in Edinburgh, who dropped out of school at 15 to join the Royal Navy. He had a number of other positions, including lifeguard, milkman and former Mr Universe, before the actor's rugged appeal won him the role of James Bond. He was offered a multi-picture contract, with the allowance of being able to pursue projects outside of the Bond series. See more »

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M tells Bond it is 3am when he comes into the office, yet outside through the windows it appears to be the late evening hours or sunrise. See more »

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James Bond: [Bond has overpowered Mr Jones on an isolated road] Now talk!
Jones: [Breathlessly] Alright! Let me have a cigarette.
Jones: [Bond gives him the packet of cigarettes. Jones starts gasping for air. Bond grabs him] To hell with you!
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In the closing credits, John Kitzmiller's name is misspelled "John Kitzmuller". See more »

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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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