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1960s, Action -Spies, OO7

Bond 1: Dr No (1962)

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When the MI6 agent in Jamaica disappears and his secretary is found dead,  Bond is sent out to find out what has happened. On the trail Bond is waylaid by a couple of young women, one on his side and one against him, but finally he determines that he must go to Crab Quay an island with voodoo associations which relate to a fire breathing dragon. Undeterred He lands on the island and meets a young woman, Honey Ryder who knows her way around, but her knowledge does not prevent them being captured by Dr No’s security, putting their lives in danger.

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Bond visits the Univeral Exports office and meets with M and Miss Moneypenny, he gambles in the casino in London where he meets and has a sexual encounter with Sylvia Trench. Once in Jamaica he is waylaid by a fake chauffeur and by a woman spying for the villain, but who in the end cannot resist him. There is a car chase on a Jamaican hillside and much time spent in the villain’s lair as Bond and Honey Ryder are alternately pampered and imprisoned, before the final set piece in Dr No’s control centre. So some violence, implied sex and partially undressed ladies. Also smoking and drinking.

 

A View After 56 years this film is still watchable and what really struck me was the whole content and tone of the movie, which endures even in the latest outing of the franchise. It is amazing that they seemed to have got it right the first time we saw Bond on screen, although if anything it is more sexy and Bond more macho than in any of the later films. So still a watch with some allowances.
Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story The book of the same name by Ian Fleming – with some deviations.
Director Terence Young
Writers/Script Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather
Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Leee, Eunice Gayson, Lois Maxwell
Additional Info The IMDb trivia is full of interesting information. I particularly liked the original Japanese poster which said “Dr? No!” I think I have used the Italian poster here. The Crab Quay facility took me back. I had actually been there on a ship.

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