DR. NO (15)
D: Terence Young
United Artists/Eon (Harry Saltzman & Albert R.
UK 🇬🇧 1962
W: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood & Berkeley
Mather [based on the novel by Ian Fleming]
DP: Ted Moore
Ed: Peter Hunt
Mus: John Barry & Monty
PD: Ken Adam
Sean Connery (James Bond), Jack Lord (Felix
Leiter), Joseph Wiseman (Dr. No), Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder), Zena Marshall (Miss Taro), Eunice Gayson (Sylvia), Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny), Bernard Lee
The first official venture of James Bond may lack the
gadgetry, expensive stunts and over-the-top adventure which became prevalent in later films, but still serves as a great introduction for British spy 007 to make his big screen
Sean Connery oozes charm & charisma and truly makes
the role his own.
The story isn't as memorable as his later missions, but
the film features a few iconic scenes, most notably Bond's introduction around the casino tables and Ursula Andress' Honey Ryder emerging onto the beach in a skimpy bikini (often imitated,
never bettered). Joseph Wiseman also provides a menacing portrayal as the eponymous villain.
As an introduction to the character, it serves its purpose
well, but looking back on it after the action & adventure of modern films, it may feel a little underwhelming.