United Artists | Release Date: May 8, 1963
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kheasFeb 26, 2019
Being the first in the series, this one sets the bar for all to come. Sean Connery fits amazingly in the role, establishing himself as James Bond within the first few moments of the film. The film has a strong plot, and although it does touchBeing the first in the series, this one sets the bar for all to come. Sean Connery fits amazingly in the role, establishing himself as James Bond within the first few moments of the film. The film has a strong plot, and although it does touch on the improbable many times over, this is what makes a film like this fun. The fact that this film is able to make such an absurd and insane plot work is a testament to its timeliness. At its core, James Bond is an adventure story with underscores of science fiction and is certainly a film that requires a certain suspension of disbelief. https://latetothegame.blog/2019/01/03/key-movies-of-my-life-james-bond-edition-dr-no-1962/ Expand
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BobbyPeruJun 20, 2017
The first Bond film is still one of the best Bond films. It set the template for the rest. Connery was dangerous and rough as Bond. The island setting is beautiful. The emergence of Ursula Andress from the sea is a classic introduction ofThe first Bond film is still one of the best Bond films. It set the template for the rest. Connery was dangerous and rough as Bond. The island setting is beautiful. The emergence of Ursula Andress from the sea is a classic introduction of the first "Bond Girl" (who can handle herself quite well). Maybe not as fun as future Bonds, but a great start to the series. Expand
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imthenoobNov 9, 2019
Connery brings Bond to life in the first of many Bond films that he starred in. I would say that it certainly plays heavy into the novel and doesn't do much to stray from the source material but that is a good thing. Dr No is a quick and funConnery brings Bond to life in the first of many Bond films that he starred in. I would say that it certainly plays heavy into the novel and doesn't do much to stray from the source material but that is a good thing. Dr No is a quick and fun movie that doesn't grow stale like other films in the franchise. To me, It's the gatekeeper of the Good to Great films. So if I consider it better than Dr No, which I believe is a good film, then I typically hold the compared film in high regard. Expand
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Kai82Dec 5, 2020
The movie that started one of the longest running and successful franchises. It is however not the first James Bond movie. Ian Fleming wanted to boost the popularity and (brand) recognition. He sold the rights for Casino Royale and a TV movieThe movie that started one of the longest running and successful franchises. It is however not the first James Bond movie. Ian Fleming wanted to boost the popularity and (brand) recognition. He sold the rights for Casino Royale and a TV movie staring Barry Nelson was made. It is a bastardized American version and Ian Fleming regretted it. It is no surprise that it is forgotten outside being an obscure point of James Bond trivia. But lets go back to this movie. It is the first movie and they have not perfected the formula that everyone knows for James Bond movies yet. This might sound too negative as it is a good James Bond movie. I mean that all the hallmarks and staples have not be developed, optimized or were later additions. For example there is no Q who will start appearing from the next movie onward and James Bond is also not like he would become later on. Even Sean Connery needed some time to develop his most famous role to the legendary recognition. Again this does not mean it is bad and I mention it only because it is unlikely that this will be your first movie in the franchise. For those who don't know: James Bond codename 007 is an MI6 agent/spy and one of the best in the business. He is also a gentleman, dandy, womanizer and master of many talents / professions. It is a fictional, romanticized fantasy of spy movies and the formula is a timeless classic. In his debut movie he is tasked with an investigation on Jamaica as the local chief of MI6 and his secretary were killed. Before their dead they themselves investigated of unknown radio signals jamming the launching of rockets. So starts the story. It is engaging and features a lot what makes the franchise great. The actors deliver also a good performance. We have Sean Connery who will become a legend in his most famous role. He delivers but will also improve in later movies. Fun fact: He wanted not to be limited to just be James Bond and I think he succeeded as he had many other remarkable roles. Ursula Andress as Honey Rider is unforgotten and has one of the most recognized scenes in the franchise. Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No is an excellent antagonist and started the list of enjoyable great villains. I think only Batman has a better rouges gallery than James Bond. The actors in combination with the director made this an enjoyable movie. The scenery and pacing is great. The soundtracks of the James bond movies are always excellent. I enjoyed listening to the CD with all title-songs and the James Bond theme is a timeless classic. I have heard it so often and still enjoy it ever time I watch a James Bond movie. Overall this is a really good start for the franchise. It is however not one of the best movies in the franchise and other movies optimized the formula. I know this is an unfair comparison but also valid. Expand
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fukutopiaJul 20, 2017
Decided to watch all of the James Bond films in order. For some it will be a revisit, others a first time viewing. This is the typical over-the-top 1960s action — subtlety is nonexistent. Sean Connery is not my favorite Bond, but he's quiteDecided to watch all of the James Bond films in order. For some it will be a revisit, others a first time viewing. This is the typical over-the-top 1960s action — subtlety is nonexistent. Sean Connery is not my favorite Bond, but he's quite fun…and somehow perfect for the super-misogynistic, unintentionally-racist debut of the franchise. Expand
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eva3si0nSep 24, 2018
The first movie about Mr. Bond. You expect to see classics of cinema about spies. Upon you see the average movie on quality. In which only who perfectly plays - young Sean Connery. Plot absolutely boring and trivial. The movie obviously notThe first movie about Mr. Bond. You expect to see classics of cinema about spies. Upon you see the average movie on quality. In which only who perfectly plays - young Sean Connery. Plot absolutely boring and trivial. The movie obviously not applies for a lot of things, and everything would be normal if not awful work of make-up artists. So it was necessary to spoil Sean Connery to try. Why was to him to paint lips? It I not to understanding. Expand
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NBFCJan 9, 2018
While it may seem a bit lacking now compared to later larger-than-life adventures, there is something charming about this more lean and gritty affair that made then-unknown Scottish actor and King of Cool Sean Connery into an internationalWhile it may seem a bit lacking now compared to later larger-than-life adventures, there is something charming about this more lean and gritty affair that made then-unknown Scottish actor and King of Cool Sean Connery into an international celebrity. The whole affair moves at a nice leisurely pace and the plot is more character-driven compared to other entries.

The Jamaican local is always gorgeous to look at as well as the first Bond girl ever…Honey Rider. Plus, it also gave us one of the most iconic theme tunes in cinematic history courtesy of one of my favorite film composers of all time…John Barry.
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amheretojudgeMay 6, 2019
Young and Connery are onto something here, who knows how long will it last(!), for now it is a sight to behold.

Dr. No Young gives this everlasting legacy, the perfect introduction it required, a bit briskly and awful lot of raunchy. This
Young and Connery are onto something here, who knows how long will it last(!), for now it is a sight to behold.

Dr. No

Young gives this everlasting legacy, the perfect introduction it required, a bit briskly and awful lot of raunchy. This mixture of genre that was present in Ian Fleming's book, is amped up to a cinematic level with a vocab so common and physically connective to the audience that it does reach to places where your usual projection doesn't. And since the inception of this franchise, ergo, this chapter, it didn't practically see the global phenomenon that it will spiral out in later years. And what has been fascinating about the franchise is how connected it is to the art behind the project that despite of getting an attention as such, the commercial aspect of this infamous character doesn't affect the quality of its vocab.

The storyline, even to this day, is kept above all the box office numbers, and is probably why this is one of those rare banners that holds up with time. Terence Young, the director, isn't bringing anything new on the table, but his skills on jumping from one sequence to another with a linear track, following only its lead character is a bold risk that pays off well in here. Usually, such a narration can be off putting or felt overridden, but with Sean Connery's perspective that we, as an audience, share, the risks are communicated and the thrills feared.

Speaking of whom, Connery started the dialogue deliveries to be delivered with a panache that mostly comes from his body language than his drunken yet firm voice. There is a smoothness on the punches he punches and physical acts shot in one shot, these little moments are much more valuable than the tricks, he keeps pulling out of his awe-gasping gadgets. With only one weak link of antagonist called Dr. No- primarily because he has very little skin in the game- Connery is the best asset of London's Secret Service.
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LoletinAlexisDec 6, 2020
Dr. No is simply the beginning of something that no one saw coming: the longest running and (possibly) most successful saga in cinema.
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FilipeNetoFeb 16, 2018
The born of a cinema symbol

In this film, the first of the Bond franchise, we see how the British secret agent going to the Bahamas in order to investigate the mysterious Dr. No, which believed to be responsible for the disappearance of
The born of a cinema symbol

In this film, the first of the Bond franchise, we see how the British secret agent going to the Bahamas in order to investigate the mysterious Dr. No, which believed to be responsible for the disappearance of several people, including another agent.

This film is much simpler than other movies that followed, but contains one of the most iconic scenes of the franchise: the first appearance of Bond, sitting at the table of baccarat, saying his staff "Bond ... James Bond". Since then, we repeatedly hear this presentation that everyone (even those who don't appreciate the character) associate today to the British agent. Directed by Terence Young, the film features Sean Connery as Bond, in a role that will immortalize him. The actor shares the scene with Ursula Andress, the first "Bond-girl" (It was the biggest role of her career, followed by a series of participation's in B movies and in another Bond film, made on the sidelines of the official franchise). Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell also here begin their passage through the franchise as M, head of British intelligence, and his secretary, Miss Moneypenny.

This movie, despite being simpler and not having the commercial apparatus of next films, is still a classic that is at the heart of any Bond fan. Thus was born one of the longest, lasting and fruitful film franchises ever.
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jamesbaldSep 25, 2018
And it all started from here: cult film of the saga that has been filling the halls for over fifty years. The use of some twists, brilliant dialogues, sumptuous set designs, breathtaking pursuits and intriguing expedients, Ursula Andress asAnd it all started from here: cult film of the saga that has been filling the halls for over fifty years. The use of some twists, brilliant dialogues, sumptuous set designs, breathtaking pursuits and intriguing expedients, Ursula Andress as the Bond girl and a good Sean Connery. A soundtrack worthy of any Oscar. A classic action/spy film. Dr. No is a formidable villain, but the "dragon" scene is ridiculous. Beautiful instead the one of the casino, where our spy plays baccarat, or to be exact Chemin-de-fer (https://casino.guru/baccarat-rules-strategy-guide-), the whole thing embellished by dialogues and the beautiful bond girl.
Although the character James Bond is not yet defined, and this is not to be considered the best of the saga, it still remains a classic.
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ArtazurJan 9, 2021
The great entry into a great movie franchise. And still today i enjoy this movie.
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SoapNuggetJun 24, 2021
Dr No, while still being a classic, hasn't aged the best but is still an enjoyable (often boring) entry in the Bond franchise
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MrPajamasFeb 17, 2021
This is where it all began. The first part of the legendary series 007. Did it start well? Yes. For many people, Sean Connery is the best Bond, although I'm more in favor of Pierce Brosnan. The story is good and gradually takes us to anThis is where it all began. The first part of the legendary series 007. Did it start well? Yes. For many people, Sean Connery is the best Bond, although I'm more in favor of Pierce Brosnan. The story is good and gradually takes us to an island that is beautiful and the power of the solar atmosphere will reach you through the screen. In short, a good movie that I can recommend. Expand
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511andahalfFeb 5, 2021
Very solid film to start off the James Bond series off with. Connery is perfect and shows so much charisma and class. The cinematography is great, Dr No and Honey Ryder are memorable characters too, though I wish Dr No got more screen time.Very solid film to start off the James Bond series off with. Connery is perfect and shows so much charisma and class. The cinematography is great, Dr No and Honey Ryder are memorable characters too, though I wish Dr No got more screen time. Overall, pretty good film. Expand
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