Director: Terence Young
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman
Writers: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather
Cinematographer: Ted Moore
Editor: Peter R. Hunt
Composer: Monty Norman
Theme Song: "The James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman
James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of MI6 agent John Strangways, which M (Bernard Lee) believes is connected to Strangways’ association with the CIA’s investigation into disruptions of rocket launches off of Cape Canaveral.
Working with CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and islander Quarrel (John Kitzmiller), Bond dodges assassins Professor Dent (Anthony Dawson) and the Three Blind Mice and romances conk shell diver Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) on his way to Crab Key, where Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman), a member of SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), is plotting to sabotage the U.S. Project Mercury space program.REVIEW
As bad as Dr. No is written, the character this film really fails with is Honey Ryder. By having no connection to either Bond or No, Honey is literally just there to give Bond someone to rescue and
screw at the end. It doesn't help that Honey comes off as a bimbo, given ridiculous dialogue about self-educating herself and selling conk shells. Add in Ursula Andress' dazed performance and an obviously dubbed over voice (provided by Nikki Van Der Zyl) and you've got a pretty pathetic excuse for a Bond girl.
Dr. No is certainly an exception to the "part one is the best" rule for film franchises. With its dated action scenes, underdeveloped mystery and non-threatening villains, the film lacks the thrills, sex appeal and humor that have come to define Bond films. But what it does have is impressive visuals, a fun, campy tone and Sean Connery leading a stellar cast, which is enough to make this first outing an enjoyable introduction to the world of James Bond.