Dr. No (1962)

UK,
105m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1 (negative ratio)/1.66:1 (intended ratio for European prints)/1.85:1 (intended ratio for US prints)
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Terence Young. It was the first big screen appearance for Ian Fleming's secret agent in the shape of actor Sean Connery, though a version of the character had already appeared on TV played by Barry Nelson in Climax!: Casino Royale (1954).

Plot Summary

James Bond is assigned to discover why US space are being sent off course. On a island, he discovers that the culprit is Oriental scientist Dr No, agent for the globe-spanning secret organisation .

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Terence Young
© 1962 by Eon Productions Limited
United Artists Pictures, Inc. [opening logo]. Released by United Artists
Produced by: Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather; Terence Young [uncredited]
Based on the Novel by: Ian Fleming
Director of Photography: Ted Moore
Editor: Peter Hunt
Music Composed by: Monty Norman
‘James Bond Theme' Performed by: John Barry & Orchestra
Sound Recordists: Wally Milner, John Dennis
Costumes: Tessa Welborn
Make-up: John O'Gorman
Hair Stylist: Eileen Warwick
Special Effects: Frank George
Main Title Designed by: Maurice Binder
Production Designer: Ken Adam

Cast
Sean Connery (James Bond)
Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder)
Joseph Wiseman (Dr No)
Jack Lord ()
Bernard Lee ()
Anthony Dawson (Professor Dent)
John Kitzmiller (Quarrel)
Zena Marshall (Miss Taro)
Eunice Gayson (Sylvia Trench)
Michel Mok (Sister Rose)
Lois Maxwell ()
Peter Burton (Major Boothroyd)
Yvonne Shima (Sister Lily)
Louis Blaazer (Playdell-Smith)
Reginald Carter (Jones)
Wm. Foster-Davis (Superintendant Duff)
Marguerite Le Wars (photographer)
Dolores Keater (Mary)
Colonel Burton (General Potter)

Alternative Titles

007 – Agente Secreto – Portugal
007 Contra o Satânico Dr. No – Brazil
Agent 007 – Norway
L'agent 007 contra el doctor No – Spain (Catalan)
Agent 007 med rätt att döda – Sweden
Agent 007 – mission drab – Denmark
Agente 007 contra el doctor No – Spain
Agente 007, licenza di uccidere – Italy
Doktor No – Turkey
James Bond 007 contre Dr. No – Belgium (France), France
James Bond 007 contre docteur No – Belgium (France), Canada (French)
James Bond 007 contre legen Dr No – Germany
James Bond 007 jagt Dr. No – Germany
James Bond 007 tegen Dr. No – Belgium (Flemish)
James Bond Agent 007 – mod ratt od doda – Sweden
James Bond, praktor 007 enantion dros No – Greece
Salainen agentti 007 ja tohtori No – Finland
El satánico Dr. No – Argentina, Spainish, Uruguay
O Satânico Dr. No – Brazil

Sequels
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time to Die (2021)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
Best Ever Bond (2002)
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000)
The World of James Bond (1995)

Press

1962
Kine Weekly 6 September 1962 p.15
The skulduggery, interleaved by torrid and tender romance, is put over with tremendous aplomb by a hand-picked cast and an alert director against a wide variety of bizarre interiors and breathtaking exteriors. The upshot is disarmingly ingenious, “Big Boys Own Paper”, capital British box office hokum. […] Sean Connery is a husky, handsome, athletic and well-groomed Bond. […] The thrills are really big, its romantic encounters intrigue, the humour intentional and otherwise, affords welcome relief and its staging is eye-filling. A crackerjack climax, and a catchy signature tune, to say nothing of compelling title and author values completes exciting and eminently saleable poppycock. – from an uncredited review

Evening News 4 October 1962
Grown-up schoolboys, you will find all your secret wishes fulfilled in James Bond – Secret Agent 007 – as he appears in Dr. No […] Sean Connery makes James Bond a somewhat rougher diamond than I had envisaged but he manages the thick-ear stuff well. This one's going to make a fortune. – from a review by F. Barker

Evening Standard 4 October 1962
By putting their tongues often enough in their cheeks, the producers manage to turn Ian Fleming's often unsavoury plot into what you could call sadism for the family. […] Directed by Terence Young, the thriller is content if it makes your mind boggle – which it does with the powerful help of Ken Adam's sets – then leaves you smiling tolerantly at your own naivete. – from a review by Alexander Walker

Daily Express 5 October 1962
Dr. No is fun all the way and even the sex is harmless. – from a review by Leonard Moseley

Daily Mail 5 October 1962
I could never begin to explain how [Bond] foils a plot to divert 's rockets, but this film has an engaging air of chuckling at its own absurdities. – from a review by Cecil Wilson

Scene 5 October 1962
The skill with which the men behind Dr. No present the adventures of their monstrous hero – Ken Adam's art direction is particularly striking – tends to disguise the fact that our applause is invited for jingoism, thuggishness and blind obedience. – from a review by Derek Hill

The Times 5 October 1962
Dr. No is a carefully, expertly made (manufactured would perhaps be the better word) exercise in violence and sadism so shaped that the audience is conditioned into believing that it is witnessing the last word in sophisticated thrills decked out with even more sophisticated trimmings of sex. – from an uncredited review

New Statesman 9 October 1962
The criminal, carnal antics of James Bond were obviously just what the director ordered, but it must be said that the director, Terence Young, who's known how to temper them for mass consumption. […] If violent reveries are the style, this may well be the first in a chain of comparatively innocuous Bond goods: no-one could take these antics seriously – from a review by John Coleman

References

Periodicals

  • Amateur Cine World November 1962 p.691 – editorial (on Maurice Binder's titles by Tony Rose)
  • Amateur Movie-Maker January 1963 pp.69-71 – illustrated article (by Maurice Binder on creating the main titles)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.46
  • Classic Images no.107 (May 1984) p.9 – illustrated video review (by John A Cardello)
  • Film Daily 8 March 1963 p.3 – illustrated US premiere report
  • Film Daily 19 March 1963 p.7 – review (by Mandel Herbstman)
  • Films and Filming September 1989 (reprint of November 1962) p.66 – illustrated review (by Richard Whitehall)
  • The Hollywood Reporter 15 March 1963 p.3 – review (by James Powers)
  • The Hollywood Reporter 12 April 1982 p.3 – interview with Albert Broccoli (by Robert Osborne)
  • Kine Weekly 6 September 1962 p.15 – review (by anonymous)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin October 1962 p.135 – review, synopsis, credits
  • Motion Picture Herald 3 April 1963 (Production Digest Section) p.785-786 – review (by C.S.A.)
  • New Statesman 9 October 1962 – review (by John Coleman)
  • Scene 5 October 1962 – review (by Derek Hill)
  • The Sensational Sixties no.1 (Autumn 2020) pp.20-35 – illustrated article (Deadly Docs by Kip-Xool)
  • Sight & Sound Autumn 1962 – illustrated review (by Penelope Houston)
  • The Spectator 12 October 1962 – review (by I. Cameron)
  • Variety 17 October 1962 – review (by Rich)

Newspapers

  • Daily Express 5 October 1962 – review (by Leonard Moseley)
  • Daily Mail 5 October 1962 – review (by Cecil Wilson)
  • Daily Worker 6 October 1962 – review (by Nina Hibbin)
  • Evening News 4 October 1962 – review (by F. Barker)
  • Evening Standard 4 October 1962 – review (by Alexander Walker)
  • The Times 5 October 1962 – review (by unknown)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.213
  • Escape Velocity by Bradley Schauer pp.102, 103, 107
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis pp.86-87
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.110
  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.270 – illustrated credits, note
  • Kinematograph and Television Year Book 1963 p.116 – credits (Films trade shown 1961-1962)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang! pp.3-19 – article, credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.64
  • by Walt Lee p.107 – credits
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.114