Dr. No was the first feature film based on the spy novels of Ian Fleming, and brought the silver screen one of its most beloved heroes, M16 secret agent James Bond.
The part was brought to life by then unknown actor, Sean Connery. Tall, muscular, with striking good looks, a smooth charm and a rich Scottish accent, Connery is still considered the best Bond 40 years after his debut.
His first scene as the infamous spy has to be one of the best character introductions in the history of cinema. Situated at the end of a poker table, with chips stacked high, cigarette dangling for his mouth, and with Vodka Martini –shaken, not stirred - in hand, he introduces himself to the attractive woman opposite with the immortal words: “Bond. James Bond.”
She is hooked. And so are we.
Soon afterwards, Bond is sent to Jamaica with orders to find the whereabouts of a missing agent, presumably murdered. The film was shot in the Bahamas, which picturesque imagery was fodder for cinematographer Ted Moore.
Once in Jamaica, an assortment of shady characters come gunning for Bond. In one squirm inducing scene, a tarantula spider is placed in his bed; another scene features a laughable car chase, where the sound of screeching tires on asphalt deafens the viewer, despite the fact they are driving on a sandy path.
Bond’s investigation leads him to the mysterious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), who lives on a tropical island named Crab Key. There he plans to use radioactive materials to sabotage US rocket launches at NASA. He also has a tendency to pamper his abductees in a high class prison, situated in his lair 1000 miles below sea level.
Dr. No was a film made for its time, and as a result, it is dated as hell. And just as glaring as the films 1960s decor, is Bond’s womanising ways, which begs the question: is there no bigger slut than James Bond?
In this film alone he beds three women. There is the woman at the poker game; the shady secretary for the Chinese consulate; and of course Ursula Andress’ aptly named Honey Ryder, who from the moment of her infamous emergence from the ocean, damn near steals the film from Connery and its Caribbean setting.
Recently, Bourne actor Matt Damon recently described Bond as a misogynist working for the man, and so what if he is? While Bourne is pussy footing around the world trying to “find himself”, Bond is out there getting the job done. He just so happens to be getting laid in the process. Perhaps if Bourne did the same, he wouldn’t be so uptight.