A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
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
According to some reports, Jack Lord was deemed "too cool" to play against Sean Connery's 007. In order to avoid any focus being pulled from Connery, Lord would be replaced in Goldfinger (1964) (and subsequently every future Leiter appearance) with a shorter, more conventional looking American actor in order to keep Bond in the spotlight. Also, Lord wanted more money, a bigger part and equal billing with Connery. After the release of Dr. No, Lord did the same a few years later with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry after actor Jeffrey Hunter did not receive a callback to appear in the second pilot when the role of Captain James T. Kirk was being cast - Lord not wanted a large sum of money but to co-produce the series but the executives from Desilu Studios (ironically, now part of CBS Television Studios) and Roddenberry declined the offer which led to William Shatner cast in the iconic role. It was until the middle of 1968 when he read for the part eventually landing a lead role as Steve McGarrett on the classic Hawaii Five-O TV series which ran until 1980. (During its fifth season, Lord did share a scene with Shatner when he was a guest star). As part of the Hawaii Five-0 reboot series which debuted in 2010, there are references/homages to the official James Bond film series where actors who appeared in a Bond film have guest starred. The lead role of Steve McGarrett in the Hawaii Five-0 reboot (Alex O'Loughlin) was a candidate to become a future James Bond after Pierce Brosnan left the series prior to the casting of Daniel Craig. See more »
We see James and Honey washing themselves in the river after avoiding the dogs. Honey has clearly taken off her swimsuit top and is wearing only her white shirt. As they run to the bank, she is not carrying her bra/bikini top, but in the next scene, when their shirts are both dry, she has her bra/bikini top on under the white shirt. See more »
No matter whether or not you like this film in the end...if you don't get some feeling of joy the first time Sean Connery says "Bond. James Bond." at the card table, I feel sorry for you.
This Bond film has a lot less stuff going in it than most, but for what it's worth, and what it has inspired, it's a classic.
People who can't tolerate and appreciate older cinema from the 60's might laugh at the action scenes, set and costume design of the movie, but if one considers the year in which this was made, it's all rather exquisite. The film is also full of things that would be considered politically incorrect, and the way Bond and Moneypenny flirt in the office would ensue mass sexual harassment lawsuits in this day and age.
The film has an underused villain in Dr. No. Joseph Wiseman sets the standard on how Bond villains, and the majority of how other movie villains, act. One of the things that I love about Bond films is that you will see things that you will never see in other movies. I mean where else but a Bond film would a half Chinese, half German man with metal hands and a compulsive paranoia about radiation, with metal hands live on an island with a "dragon-mobile"?
Dr. No is a definite good start to the Bond series. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder may only be there for eye candy...but she's great eye candy. Sean Connery is Bond, and pure enjoyment while in this role. So if you are looking for a classic enjoyable movie, this is just what the doctor ordered.
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