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Synopsis: James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and a scheme to end the US space program.

Reaction: Enjoyable and not particularly full of the ridiculous set pieces and action sequences that have come to typify the Bond series in general. This is mostly just a good, fun, action piece. Bond is still Bond however. You can't change that.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Terence Young => Director
Berkely Mather => Writer
Johanna Harwood => Writer
Richard Maibaum => Writer
John Barry => Composer
Monty Norman => Composer
Albert R. Broccoli => Producer
Ian Fleming => Novel
Anthony Dawson => Professor R.J. Dent
Bernard Lee => M
Bob Simmons => James Bond in Gunbarrel Sequence (uncredited)
Colonel Burton => General Potter
Dolores Keator => Mary Trueblood
Eunice Gayson => Sylvia Trench
Jack Lord => Felix Leiter
John Kitzmiller => Quarrel (as John Kitzmuller)
Joseph Wiseman => Dr. Julius No
Lois Maxwell => Miss Moneypenny
Louis Blaazer => Pleydell-Smith
Marguerite LeWars => Photographer, Annabelle Chung
Martine Beswick => Dancing Silhouette During Opening Credits (uncredited)
Michel Mok => Sister Rose
Peter Burton => Major Geoffrey Boothroyd
Reggie Carter => Jones (as Reginald Carter)
Sean Connery => James Bond
Ursula Andress => Honeychile 'Honey' Ryder
William Foster-Davis => Superintendent Duff
Yvonne Shima => Sister Lily
Zena Marshall => Miss Taro

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • To get a feel for the clothes, director Terence Young asked Sean Connery to sleep in his finely tailor fitted suit which was purchased at Turnbull and Asser Tailors and made to play James Bond.
  • Sean Connery wears a toupee in all his [James Bond] movies.
  • Ursula Andress was apparently paid $6000 for doing the picture. She had a salary of $1000 per week for six weeks work.
  • [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the [James Bond films], cast Sean Connery because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").
  • Strangways (played by [?] Tim Moxon) is shot at the beginning by the "Three Blind Mice," one of whom is played by Moxon's dentist.
  • Producers [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were adamant that the film be directed by an Englishman, someone cultivated enough to understand the world of 007.
  • At first Eunice Gayson was to play Miss Moneypenny and Lois Maxwell was to play Sylvia Trench, but they switched roles.
  • This was chosen to be the inaugural film in the [James Bond] series as the plot of the source novel was the most straightforward. It had only one major location (Jamaica) and only one big special effects set piece.
  • Although there are persistent rumors that Ursula Andress was nude in the shower scene to clean her of radiation, closer inspection reveals that she is wearing a flesh-colored one-piece bathing suit.
  • Sean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was originally done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, but when this didn't look realistic enough, the scene was re-shot with stuntman Bob Simmons. Simmons reported that the tarantula crawling over Bond was the scariest stunt he had ever performed. According to [?] Steven Jay Rubin's 1981 book The James Bond Films, this tarantula was named Rosie.