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Dr. No (1962)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 7 October 1962 (UK)
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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:
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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Release Date:

7 October 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El satánico Dr. No  »

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Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)


$16,067,035 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (as Technicolor ©)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The score album only contains the James Bond Theme, various versions of 'Underneath The Mango Tree', 'Jump Up' and a re-recording of 'The Island Speaks'. The rest are unrelated and do not appear in the film. The rest of the film score does not appear. Some other tracks have appeared on latter CD's but these are re-recordings by The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nic Raine. See more »


As Honey is being decontaminated, the final indicator only changes from ACTIVE to CLEAR after she has passed. See more »


Dr. No: East, West, just points of the compass, each as stupid as the other.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, John Kitzmiller's name is misspelled "John Kitzmuller". See more »


Referenced in Once Upon a Body (1969) See more »


Under the Mango Tree
Composed by Monty Norman
Sung by Nikki Van der Zyl and Sean Connery
CBS Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI)
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The first cinematic taste of James Bond, and boy does it taste good!!
30 November 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Still going strong four decades later, it is sometimes hard to recall where the James Bond franchise began. Dr. No was released in 1962 with the relatively unknown Sean Connery in the leading role. The original Bond author, Ian Fleming, was still alive at the time and wasn't very pleased with the casting of Connery, though he soon warmed to the actor's interpretation of the role when he saw the film.

The big question is: how does Dr. No hold up over forty years on? Personally it has always been my favourite Bond movie and probably will never be surpassed. Even now, it is a step ahead of its counterparts. Connery never appeared in a better Bond flick (some were close), much less Lazenby, Moore, Dalton or Brosnan.

James Bond (Connery) of the British Secret Service is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of an operative named Strangeway. He learns that Strangeway was looking into alarmingly high radiation readings generating from a nearby island called Crab Cay. Bond heads to the island and learns that it is a suspiciously heavily guarded place, patrolled by gunmen, dogs and armed boats, and none of the local islanders dare venture near because of rumours that a dragon also guards the area. Aided by a Jamaican agent called Quarrel (John Kitzmiller) and beautiful diver Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), Bond searches the island's interior for answers. He discovers that the island is run by the deadly Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), a visionary megalomaniac who plans to disrupt the American space programme by sabotaging their shuttles from his secret island base, using gyroscopic interference to bring them down mid-flight.

As the series went on, it became less and less related to the Bond of Fleming's creation, and increasingly akin to a comic book. Part of the strength of Dr. No is that it is faithful to its source. I've read Dr. No, and it is such a good book that it didn't really need altering beyond all recognition in order to be filmable - so, it's nice to report that scripters Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood and Berkely Mather have adapted it accurately. The performances are excellent: Connery confident and masculine as Bond, Andress jaw-droppingly gorgeous as Honey, and Wiseman fabulously sinister as Dr. No. Terence Young directs with urgency, getting plenty of excitement as well as some lovely location photography into his film (hard to believe he would go on to make such inept bombs as Poppies Are Also Flowers, Bloodline, and Inchon). Dr. No is a milestone in cinema history. It is the film that gave us our first big-screen 007; it is the grand-daddy of all globe-trotting adventure flicks; and it is a classic action film in its own right to boot.

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