Today’s Bond reviews will be of James Bond’s first “official adventure – Dr. No. There will be 4 reviews of this movie sparsely spread out throughout the day.
For the first review of Dr. No, here’s Luke from Oracle of Film‘s opinion on it.
World domination. The same old dream.
Number of Times Seen: 3
Brief Synopsis: A British spy is killed during an investigation in Jamaica and agent James Bond is sent to uncover what happened.
My Take On It: People praise Dr. No for being one of the better Bond films. Why? Well, simply put, it came first. That much is clear from the absence of certain trademarks: the opening sequence, the addition of Q. However, I believe that being first doesn’t exactly equal greatness and there is a lot lacking from the first Bond film.
Not that I blame the writers or directors for that. At the time of Dr. No’s release, it wasn’t meant to be much more than yet another adaptation of a novel. No one could predict the franchise having more sequels than any other movie character out there. As a result, Dr. No is lacking in certain thrills. Joseph Goodman’s villain only ever appears for the last act and the movie’s pace is a lot more cumbersome and thoughtful than the Bond movies we have grown to love.
Dr. No is far from a bad movie though. In fact, despite me ranking in lower than most people, I still see it as a decent movie with Sean Connery nailing the character of 007. It has a nice, little conspiracy element to it and the climax works as a great pay-off at the end of the movie. A must-see for any Bond fan.
Bottom Line: This is Bond before anyone worked out the formula, yet it still holds a decent amount of thrills. Connery shines.