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When Jamaica-based British Intelligence agent John Strangways disappears while investigating toppling interference with the launching of U.S. Cape Canaveral rockets, the head of the British Secret Service, known only as M (Bernard Lee), sends MI6 agent 007 James Bond (Sean Connery) to investigate. Bond discovers that Strangways had recently sent for analysis a soil sample from Crab Key, an island owned by mysterious Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman), and hires local fisherman Quarrel (John Kitzmiller) to take him there where they encounter seashell-collecting beauty Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), a fire-breathing dragon, and a plan by SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) to disrupt the Project Mercury space launch from Cape Canaveral with his atomic-powered radio beam.

All of the James Bond movies are based, in some part, upon novels by British author Ian Fleming [1908-1964]. Dr. No is based on Fleming's 1958 novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by American screenwriters Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkeley Mather.

"Toppling" refers to the use of some method, e.g., a radio beam, to throw off-balance the gyroscopic control of a guided missile.

SPECTRE stands for "The SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion." SPECTRE is an international terrorist organization run by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Its members were recruited from the Gestapo, Smersh, the Mafia, and the Union Corse among others. With the exception of Goldfinger (1964), all of the Bond villains from 1962-71 came from this organization. After 1971, SPECTRE no longer appears in the Bond movies because of a lawsuit brought by film-maker Kevin McClory. McClory had worked with Ian Fleming to create what was to be the first 007 movie. It was scrapped, however, and Fleming went on to use various ideas from the abandoned film, such as SPECTRE. The movies altered the storylines to include SPECTRE, as when Dr No says that he is with SPECTRE. McClory later sued for the rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE. Thus, they had to stop using SPECTRE in the movies. This is also what enabled McClory to make the "unofficial" Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983).

Our very first glimpse of Sean Connery as James Bond is of the back of his head as he is sitting at a baccarat chemin de fer table at Club Cercle, a gentlemen's club. He makes a comment to one of the other players, Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson), who is losing to him. She then asks his name, and he replies in his signature way, "Bond...James Bond." Many fans and critics like the way the scene was shot, with the camera following Bond's cigarette from the ashtray up to his mouth, revealing Connery's face.

The only explanation the film offers is Dr. No's anger at the US for rejecting his services and the presence of men in "Red China" uniforms in the background of the nuclear reactor. Another possible motive, given Jamaica's proximity to Cuba, is to trigger war between the USA and that nation by framing the Cubans for sabotage.

It's an old trick to see if anyone had opened them in order to snoop around in his personal belongings. Bond's enemies know he's on Jamaica & know precisely where he's staying and, more importantly, Bond knows this himself. So as an extra precaution, he rigs the doors. If they doors were opened, the hair would likely fall off or be hanging from a single end.

Dr. No's mother was Chinese and his father was German. According to the original novel, he renamed himself Dr Julius No, Julius after his father and No after his rejection of him.

A Sunbeam Alpine 1961 Series II.

Honey was singing Under the Mango Tree by Monty Norman. Andress' singing voice was dubbed by English actress and singer Diana Coupland.

Bond escapes from his cell by crawling through a steamy shaft that takes him to the decontamination showers. There, he knocks out a worker and dons his protective suit. He makes his way to the control room, which houses a nuclear reactor. As he watches undetected, Dr No instructs the workers to synchronize the toggling beam, which is aimed at a U.S. missile about to launch from Cape Canaveral in four minutes. When the countdown reaches 15 seconds, Bond jacks up the nuclear reactor. Too late for Bond to be stopped, the reactor reaches danger levels, and the control room starts to blow just as the missile launches. Dr No attempts to stop Bond in a fistfight, but he falls into the reactor's cooling vat. As the workers begin to evacuate, Bond goes in search of Honey ([link=]), whom he finds strapped to the bottom of a spill basin. He releases Honey, and they pirate a motorboat, escaping just as the reactor blows. In the final scenes, the motorboat has run out of fuel. Just as James and Honey begin to make out, Felix arrives on a Coast Guard boat and offers them a tow. As he and Honey begin to kiss again, Bond surreptitiously releases the tow, setting them adrift again.

Although Dr. No was the first movie made in the Bond series, it was actually Fleming's sixth novel in the series, so some of the differences in the book have to do with the fact that there were five other books previous to the story. For example, Bond survived being poisoned in the previous book (#5) From Russia With Love thanks to quick thinking on Rene Mathis' part. Bond had previously met Quarrel and Strangways in book #2, Live and Let Die. Strangways wears an eye patch. Felix Leiter is not in the book, neither is Professor Dent. The photographer wasn't a Chinese/African mix, she was completely Chinese. Her name was also revealed as "Annabelle Chung". Bond was never in a relationship with Ms. Taro. The Three Blind Men were killed by Bond in a shootout at Doctor No's lair, not killed in a car crash as shown in the film. The tarantula was originally a poisonous centipede. There was no radiation on Crab Key. Honey was originally nude except a sheathed knife in a belt. Her nose is also broken. Dr. No was bald and his robotic hands were pincers. Dr. No's human hands weren't destroyed by radiation, but were cut off by Tong hitmen after he made off with their money, and survived from being shot because his heart is also revealed to be on the left side of his chest. Dr. No wasn't working for SPECTRE but for the Russians. He wasn't toppling rockets but missile prototypes. Bond was put on an obstacle course in the air vent suffering through heat, cold, and poisonous animals before being dumped into the ocean and doing battle with a giant squid that he overcame with a table knife and a lighter he had stowed away in his clothes. In the novel, Bond defeats Dr. No by taking over the guano-loading machine at the docks, and dropping the guano (bird dung) on him as opposed to drowning him in a reactor coolant. In the movie, after defeating Dr. No, Bond finds Honey tied to a spill basin, and the two escape in a motorboat with help from Felix Leiter, and make love. In the novel, Bond finds Honey who was tied to some rocks allowing crabs to eat her alive. However, she is aware that the crabs do not like human flesh and they won't attack her unless she moves. She manages to escape, and meets up with a badly injured Bond and they leave the island. Back on the mainland, Honey takes James to the basement of her ruined house to treat his wounds, and after having dinner, they make love.

Yes, this is the first big screen adaptation featuring James Bond 007 and Sean Connery is the first to play Bond in the movies. However, in 1954 there was a live television presentation of Climax!: Casino Royale (#1.3) in which Barry Nelson starred as an American agent, Jimmy Bond.

When Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli set about creating the James Bond film series, they did not have the screen rights to Ian Fleming's first 007 novel Casino Royale. As a result, they decided to film the novels out of sequence. Thunderball was the original choice to kick off the series due to its cinematic potential, which is natural given its origins as a movie project. However, due to the legal wranglings between Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, they lost the rights to Thunderball. Dr. No was chosen due to the similarity in locations and theme to Thunderball, not to mention the fact that its story and locations did not require a sizeable budget.

Including Dr. No, Connery made seven movies in which he played James Bond: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

It is said that he didn't like it when he saw it at the beginning. Some reports say that he wanted Cary Grant to play Bond, and other reports say he wanted Roger Moore (who would later portray Bond in a record seven-straight Bond movies). In the end, however, he admitted it was hard to imagine anyone but Connery in the role, so much so that in You Only Live Twice it is revealed that Bond had a Scottish father. Incidentally, Dr No and From Russia with Love are the only James Bond movies that Fleming saw before his death in 1964.

As the first Bond film, "Dr. No" set the tone for Bond's relationships with women. Connery's performance made the man more charming with the opposite sex than Fleming originally intended for his character in the novel, and as a result of the films Fleming made Bond more of a ladies' man in the books that followed. Already in "Dr. No," women throws themselves at Bond to an absurd degree. Read more about the sexual dynamics in the film and what Fleming thought about Bond's sexuality here.

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