Review: ‘Dr. No’

First screen adventure of Ian Fleming's hardhitting, fearless, imperturbable, girl-loving Secret Service Agent 007, James Bond, is an entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum. Sean Connery excellently puts over a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service guy. Terence Young directs with a pace which only occasionally lags.

First screen adventure of Ian Fleming’s hardhitting, fearless, imperturbable, girl-loving Secret Service Agent 007, James Bond, is an entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum. Sean Connery excellently puts over a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service guy. Terence Young directs with a pace which only occasionally lags.

The hero is exposed to pretty (and sometimes treacherous) gals, a poison tarantula spider, a sinister crook, flame throwers, gunshot, bloodhounds, beating up, near drowning and plenty of other mayhem and malarkey, and comes through it all with good humour, resourcefulness and what have you.

Connery is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a British confidential agent and his secretary. Since both murders happen within three or four minutes of the credit titles the pic gets away to an exhilarating start. He becomes involved with the activities of Dr. No, a sinister Chinese scientist (Joseph Wiseman) who from an island called Crab Key is using a nuclear laboratory to divert off course the rockets being propelled from Cape Canaveral.

Among the dames with whom Connery becomes involved are easy-on-the-eye Ursula Andress, who shares his perilous adventures on Crab Key, and spends most of her time in a bikini; Zena Marshall, as an Oriental charmer who nearly decoys him to doom via her boudoir; and Eunice Gayson, whom he picks up in a gambling club in London and who promises to be the biggest menace of the lot.

Dr. No

UK

Production

Eon/United Artists. Director Terence Young; Producer Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli; Screenplay Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather; Camera Ted Moore; Editor Peter Hunt; Music Monty Norman; Art Director Ken Adam

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Sean Connery Ursula Andress Joseph Wiseman Jack Lord Bernard Lee Zena Marshall

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