Dr. No (1962) - Illustrated Reference
Dr. No was directed by Terence Young and premiered on 6th October 1962. Starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Anthony Dawson, Zena Marshall and Eunice Gayson.. Screenplay by Richard Maibaum. Music composed by Monty Norman. 110mins.
Bond is sent on a mission to investigate the death of a fellow agent in Jamaica, the trail leads to the mysterious Dr. No, a scientist who has been sabotaging the US space program from his secret island lair.
Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908-1964) was born in London, England, an author best known for creating British secret agent James Bond 007 in a successful series of books. The character appeared in 12 novels and 9 short stories. The first Bond novel was Casino Royale (1953).
Canadian producer Harry Saltzman (1915-1994) bought the rights to Ian Fleming’s Bond adventures in 1961 and teamed up with Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli (1909-1996) to form a company – Eon (Everything or Nothing), they made a deal with United Artists to produce the first of what they hoped was a series of Bond films.
Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...?
Sylvia Trench: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr...?
Bond: Bond. James Bond.
Sean Connery (1930-) / James Bond
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sean Connery was a truck driver, a coffin polisher and was also a body builder before turning to acting.
His films include - Hell Drivers (1957), Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959), Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), The Longest Day (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Marnie (1964), Goldfinger (1964), The Hill (1965), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Shalako (1968), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Anderson Tapes (1971), Zardoz (1974), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Wind and the Lion (1975), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Robin and Marian (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977),The Great Train Robbery (1978), Meteor (1979), Outland (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Presidio (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Medicine Man (1992), Rising Sun (1993), First Knight (1995), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), Entrapment (1999) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1993). Sean Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Untouchables (1987).
Joseph Wiseman (1918 - 2009) / Dr. Julius No
Born in Montreal, Canada, Joseph Wiseman's films include - Detective Story (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), The Silver Chalice (1954), The Prodigal (1955), The Unforgiven (1960), The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), The Valachi Papers (1972), The Betsy (1978) and Buck Rogers the Movie (1979).
Ursula Andress (1936-) / Honey Rider
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Ursula Andress was the first and for many the best of the Bond girls, her voice however was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl who also dubbed the voices of Bond girls Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger), Claudine Auger (Thunderball) and Mie Hama (You Only Live Twice).
Her films include - Fun in Acapulco (1963), 4 for Texas (1963), She (1965), What's New Pussycat (1965), The Blue Max (1966), Casino Royale (1967), Red Sun (1971), Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) and Clash of the Titans (1981).
Jack Lord (1920-1998) / Felix Leiter
Born in New York City, Jack Lord was the first of 8 actors to play Felix Leiter on the screen, Felix does not appear in the novel. His films include - Cry Murder (1950), The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), The Vagabond King (1956), Man of the West (1958), Walk Like a Dragon (1960) and The Counterfeit Killer (1968). TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980 as Steve McGarrett)
Bernard Lee (1908-1981) / M
Born in London, England, Bernard Lee has appeared as M in 11 Bond films, Moonraker (1979) was his last.
Other films include - Spare a Copper (1940), The Fallen Idol (1948), The Third Man (1949), Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951), Beat the Devil (1953), Battle of the River Plate (1956), Dunkirk (1958), Kidnapped (1960), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
Lois Maxwell (1927-2007) / Miss Moneypenny
Born in Ontario, Canada, Lois Maxell has played Moneypenny in 14 Bond films, A View to a Kill (1985) was the last.
Other films include - Corridor of Mirrors (1948), Satellite in the Sky (1956), Time Without Pity (1957), Lolita (1962), The Haunting (1963) and Age of Innocence (1977).
Anthony Dawson (1916-1992) / Professor Dent
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Anthony Dawson's films include - The Wooden Horse (1950), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Seven Seas to Calais (1962), Death Rides a Horse (1967), The Battle of Neretva (1969), Red Sun (1971), The Valachi Papers (1972), Inchon (1981) and The Jigsaw Man (1984).
Zena Marshall (1925-2009) / Miss Taro
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Zena Marshall is the first Bond 'bad girl', her films include - Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Deadly Nightshade (1953), Bermuda Affair (1956), The Switch (1963), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) and The Terrornauts (1967).
Eunice Gayson (1928-) / Sylvia Trench
Born in London, England, Eunice Gayson is technically the first 'Bond Girl' in the movies, she is Bond's lady friend before he sails off to Crab Key and meets Honey Rider on the beach. And Sylvia Trench is still Bonds girlfriend in the next film - From Russia With Love (1963).
Her films include - Miss Robin Hood (1952), Zarak (1956) and The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958).
Dr. No was Ian Fleming’s sixth Bond novel and was first published in 1958, the film is fairly faithful to the novel except at the climax 007 battles a giant squid and the villain is buried alive in a mountain of 'guano'.
The film was retitled Licence to Kill in Italy which must have caused a few problems years later when a Bond film with that title was released to cinemas.
Terence Young (1915-1994) would direct two more Bond films, his favourite being From Russia With Love (1963), he also directed Thunderball (1965).
Sean Connery wasn’t the first actor to play Bond. American actor Barry Nelson played him in a TV adaptation of Casino Royale for the Climax Mystery Theater anthology series in 1954. Peter Lorre co-starred as Le Chiffre.
Actors considered for the role of 007 include David Niven, Cary Grant, Richard Burton, James Mason, Rex Harrison and Patrick McGoohan.
At one time Eunice Gayson was up for the part of Miss Moneypenny and Lois Maxwell as Sylvia Trench, and than they switched roles.
Dr. No: I'm a member of SPECTRE.
Dr. No: SPECTRE. Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.The four cornerstones of power, headed by the greatest brains in the world.
Bond: Correction. "Criminal" brains.
Dr. No: The successful criminal brain is always superior. It has to be.
Bond: Well, why become criminal? I'm sure the West would welcome a scientist of your... calibre.
Dr. No: The Americans are fools. I offered my services. They refused. So did the East. Now they can both pay for their mistake.
Bond: World domination. That same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon... or God.
Dr. No: You persist in trying to provoke me, Mr Bond.
Ian Fleming suggested his cousin Christopher Lee and Noel Coward to the producers for the role of Dr. No. Lee would later play Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Fleming later admitted that the creation of Dr. Julius No was inspired by Sax Rohmer’s Dr. Fu Manchu.
When a tarantula is crawling up Bond’s arm in one scene, a sheet of glass separating the actor from the spider is noticeable.
Bond is told to carry a Walther PPK by the Armourer, replacing his beloved Beretta
Ursula Andress famous white bikini was sold at Christie's Auctions in London for £35,000.
The music score was composed by Monty Norman. The famous Bond theme originated from a song, "Good Sign, Bad Sign" which was composed by Norman, from an aborted musical, "The House of Mr. Biswas". Composer John Barry arranged and orchestrated it to produce one of the most recognisable themes in film history.
The only time Bond sings in the film series is in this film, when he spots Honey Rider walking out of the sea singing "Under the Mango Tree" he joins in.
The line "Bond, James Bond" was #22 on the list of 100 Best Movie Quotes by the American Film Institute.
Dr. No cost $1m to produce and was a hit with moviegoers grossing $59.5m worldwide. The next film in the series, From Russia With Love, was soon put into production and released a year later.
The Critics Wrote
“First screen adventure of Ian Fleming's hardhitting, fearless, imperturbable, girl-loving Secret Service Agent 007, James Bond, is an entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum. Sean Connery excellently puts over a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service guy. “ (Variety)
“This lively, amusing picture, which opened yesterday, is not to be taken seriously as realistic fiction or even art, any more than the works of Mr. Fleming are to be taken as long-hair literature.
It is strictly a tinseled action-thriller, spiked with a mystery of a sort. And, if you are clever, you will see it as a spoof of science-fiction and sex.” (New York Times)
"Efficiency: perhaps that doesn't sound high praise... I mean it as high. The first of the James Bond films (I trust there will be others) has the air of knowing exactly what it is up to, and that has not been common in British thrillers since the day Hitchcock took himself off to America... It is all good and, I am glad to say, not quite clean fun." (Dilys Powell)
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