Ahh the sixties. The Cold War is in full swing and the space race is really beginning to take off (pun intended and I regret nothing!). Then, in 1962, a film is released that changes movies forever. Dr No.
The plot is simple…enough. An MI6 official and his secretary are murdered in Jamaica after investigating the mysterious Crab key. Agent 007, James Bond (Played by the SUPREMLY AWESOME Sean Connery) is called in to investigate, on the way wooing the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Undre… err Andress…sorry) and trying to stop SPECTRE member Dr Julius No (Joseph Wiseman) from succeeding in his plan to topple missiles and rockets.
This is the film that started it all and it certainly is a classic. The acting is excellent, Connery will forever be one of the best Bonds, despite the fact he was only really chosen because of his background in male modelling and the way he walked (which was described as catlike). Andress is stunning and frankly remains one of the best bond girls *SPOILER* and the image of her emerging, bikini clad from the ocean is one of two Bond scenes which have since become quintessentially part of the sixties. Wiseman is also pretty much perfect for the role of Bond villain. The way tension is built up in identifying him is done very well and seen again in later films. His metal hands are a great example of the fact that most of the Bond villains have some form of physical imperfection, arguably making them seem more menacing. The writing is great and I think the best example of this is in the introduction of Bond when playing poker with Sylvia Trench. You don’t see his face un til the key line is delivered “Bond, James Bond” which also coincides with the introduction of the Bond theme, epic piece of music by the way. The locations are stunning and memorable. The supporting characters are memorable enough, they include M (played by Bernard Lee), Major Boothroyd (not yet replace by Q) and Felix Leiter (Played by Jack Lord). Leiter was a cool, smooth, American CIA agent and is in a good few Bond films, played by different actors but nevertheless the coolness still remains. The action is great but I have to say I don’t get the plot. What exactly is toppling? From what I gather it’s disabling missiles or hacking into the guidance system or something like that, I don’t know. Whatever it is it’s bad.
Pretty much a perfect Bond film. Must see for any film fan, highly recommended, you could have had a song though…instead of small little tunes like three blind mice etc…really couldn’t do that?…Dr No…he err…likes hoes…he’s on an awful low…yeah fair point…