Dr. No – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… Dr. No
A suave British spy gets assigned to investigate a murder on Jamaica and is not about to take no for an answer.
MI6, the British Intelligence Agency, and the CIA have been investigating the island of Jamaica in search for a mysterious radio jamming frequency that is disrupting nearby rocket launches. When the agent assigned to this case gets murdered, MI6 calls upon 00-Agent James Bond (Sean Connery) to discover what is going on.
James meets CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) in Jamaica, and they soon learn about the Chinese Dr. No and the mysterious events that occur around his private island.
Should I Watch It?
Dr. No is the first official James Bond movie. It introduced us to the gentleman spy most of us have grown to love. The progression of the James Bond movies is a bit like a slowed-down version of the Mission Impossible franchise. The focus of the movie has switched from heavy story telling to fast-paced action, so the James Bond movies from our time are vastly different compared to the golden oldies. So if you expect a Bond that is running and shooting around like if he were trying to keep up with Tom Cruise, you will be in for a surprise.
The majority of the film is about James investigating, so a lot of dialogue and him using his wits. To keep things exciting he does get followed and attacked by assassins, but he disposes of them calmly – never losing his cool. There are no fancy fight-scenes or chase-scenes with motorcycles on Turkish rooftops. James Bond does not run, or more like he does not need to run. He is too skilled and well trained for that.
So the storytelling is different, but there are similarities to present day Bond-films as well. Dr. No introduces many of the iconic landmarks that are often associated with James Bond movies. It introduces us to James Bond, Miss Moneypenny, Felix Leiter, M, and even mentions the criminal organisation SPECTRE. The movie starts with psychedelic opening credits and the music score contains the James Bond theme music. It even introduces the first Bond-girl to carry a suggestive name: Honey Ryder.
Dr. No kicked off something nobody could have predicted. Like most Bond-films it is a decent movie. The story is entertaining, the action is fun, and Connery puts down a solid performance. Well, as long as he is not pretending to drive a car.
Yes, watch it.
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