Fan Verdict - Dr. No
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Fans rated the following elements of the
movie on a 1-10 scale (10 being best): Bond,
Gadgets, Music and 'Tilt' - a rating to account for any qualities
not captured in the main categories.
Also up for discussion were the 'best
bits' of the movie, including: most 'Bondian' moment,
best action sequence,
best Bond girl and
best overall performance.
Dr. No overall
Above: Cover art for "Dr No" score.
Most 'Bondian' Moment
Winner: James Bond introduces himself to Sylvia Trench
with the infamous line "Bond, James Bond" at
the casino table.
Honourable mentions: Bond kills Dent in cold blood after
the professor's failed assassination attempt.
Winner: James Bond quips "No, I'm just looking" when Honey Ryder questions
Honourable mentions: In the car with Mr. Jones. Bond drops off the dead driver.
Winner: "Bond. James Bond"
Honourable mentions: "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your
Winner: Crab Key.
Honourable mentions: Kingston, Jamaica.
Best Action Sequence
Winner: Bond faces off against Dr No in hand-to-hand combat atop
the reactor pool.
Honourable mentions: Bond vs Jones, evading Dr. No's guards on
Best Bond Girl
Best Overall Performance
Winner: Sean Connery as James Bond.
Honourable mentions: Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No and Anthony Dawson
What The Fans Said
Below are selected quotes from reviews by Keeping The British
End Up members. Click here to
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"All in all, Connery provides as a superior
Bond actor, Andress is gorgeous, and Wiseman proves to be a formidable
foe. The locations are vibrant, and the plot is smart and simple
and stays faithful to Ian Fleming's original novel. This film
was a perfect foundation for a series that would last for nearly
50 years, and counting..." -- Mr. Brown
"This Bond knows exactly how to play Baccarat,
how to put on a jacket, how to smoke, and how to seduce a lady
in style. One of the film's greatest moments is a silent scene
when Bond is coming back to his Jamaican apartment and is taking
a moment to relax. This moment which shows that Bond is a human
too makes it so great to watch him doing his job during the rest
of the film." -- w7
"Dr. No is quite a special film. Not only does
it set the stage for a a franchise now running almost 50 years,
it has most of the key elements in place too. It also has two
of the most iconic moments in film history. Not bad for a film
which had no predecessors to let people come and look anyway,
as all other Bond-films had." -- Commander Ross
"The entire fantastical plot is born out of
Bond investigating a simple murder, and the villain's motivation
turns out to be largely ego-based. These are classic Bond devices
if there ever were any." -- Louis Armstrong
"The moment Connery utters the words, "Bond.
James Bond", is the moment Hollywood loses it's virginity.
Dr. No is the quintessential Bond film." -- Octopussy
"Whilst the film is extraordinarily good, its
successor, From Russia With Love, just outclasses it in every
way. On its own, however, it is a fantastic thriller, true to
its setting and source material, and above all a fantastic bond
Its a pity the modern Bond films aren’t more like this."
"It is fair to say that films were not like
this in the years preceding it’s 1962 release. Women were
not presented as provocatively as Miss Taro draped across a bed
wearing only a towel or displayed with such vivacity as Ursula
Andress’ Honey Ryder emerging iconically from the sea sporting
that multi purpose white bikini. Bond broke new filmic ground
and the success of the first few Connery films is largely the
reason for the massive popularity of Bond nearly half a century
later." -- JamesC
"Dr.No is filled with the intrigue and excitement
one comes to expect from any Bond adventure. It leaves you gripping
to your seat, your eyes glued to the screen, fascinated throughout.
It’s the beginning of the escapism – James Bond,
the character every man wants to be and the man women want to
be with – and it’s executed in a realistic fashion. "
"To this day Ursula Andress emerging from the
sea in that white bikini is one of the sexiest images of all
time. The chemistry she has with Connery is some of the better
that we get in the series. It's another winning combo. " -- benny
"Dr No himself makes a late entrance, but the
impact is instant and lasting. Menacing, sadistic and robotic,
No is the blueprint for all to come." -- NicNac
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