Dr. No (1962)

Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975. Although the first of the Bond books to be made into a film, Dr. No was not the first of Fleming’s novels, Casino Royale being the debut for the character; however, the film makes a few references to threads from earlier books.

Dr. No was produced with a low budget, and was a financial success. While critical reaction at release was mixed, over time the film received a reputation as one of the series’ best instalments. The film was the first of a successful series of 23 Bond films. Dr. No also launched a genre of “secret agent” films that flourished in the 1960s. The film also spawned a spin-off comic book and soundtrack album as part of its promotion and marketing.

Many of the iconic aspects of a typical James Bond film were established in Dr. No: the film begins with an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel and a highly stylised main title sequence, establishing an elaborate visual style that is one of the hallmarks of the Bond film series.

When the British agent John Strangways and his secretary vanish in Jamaica, James Bond is assigned by M to investigate what might have happened with the agents. 007 teams-up with the CIA agent Felix Leiter and the native Quarrel that works with him and 007 learns that Strangways was investigating the Crab Key Island that belongs to the mysterious Dr. No and is very well protected by armed guards. Soon they learn that Dr. is toppling the rockets launched by the NASA Cape Canaveral and 007 goes to Crab Key with Quarrel to seek evidences against Dr. No. They meet the sexy Honey Ryder collecting seashells in the island. They stay together but soon they are found by the security guards and arrested in Dr. No’s facility, and James Bond learns the evil plan of Dr. No and SPECTRE.