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527. Dr. No

Published February 13, 2015

Background info

Title: Dr. No Director: Terence Young Year: 1962 Run time: 1hr 40m

“In the first James Bond spy classic, Sean Connery is the ever-suave and fearless secret agent 007 on a mission in Jamaica to thwart a fanatical scientist’s world-threatening scheme.”

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0:38 - The opening shot of James Bond is timeless, then. Spotlight, gunshot, blood rains down. Forever. 6:14 - It’s adorable how posh everyone is. 7:36 - Never seen that giant paddle for moving cards around a casino table before. 9:25 - Less than ten minutes into the whole franchise and he’s hooking up. 11:12 - This James Bond is devillishly handsome though. Who knew? 17:31 - These are like comedy spies. I’m expecting two little holes in the newspaper. 21:59 - Argh, super spies and their suicide abilities. 24:52 - “Mixed like you said, not stirred.” Well, at least they didn’t get it all right at the first go. 29:43 - They’re just so unsubtle. “Make sure we get privacy,” he yells. Uh, okay. Suspicious. 33:21 - That’s a massive camera. And a huge flash. If nothing else, that ages the film! 38:30 - The captain is hilarious. “Well, I can’t take you. Oh alright then.” So much persuading. 41:40 - As worried as I am for Bond, there’s a slight flaw… the 23 films that follow it. 43:56 - Spiders don’t bother me like snakes do but eek, that is a scary spider. 45:09 - Lots of pipes in this film. 52:55 - Did he just sniff her towel? 1:02:55 - I didn’t realise the bikini thing was in the very first James Bond. 1:09:54 - Red shirt is not very inconspicuous. Also, is he a red shirt? 1:16:27 - It’s so Robot Wars! 1:22:29 - Epic bunker. 1:31:51 - Spectre. Way relevant. 1:47:33 - There goes the bunker.

Conclusions

Our ambitious adventure to work through alllll the Bond films begins here, with the first. It was a surprise to me, how good it was. Of its time, naturally, with a slow pace, a couple of questionable effects and some really dodgy audio. But aging aside, it held up. I thought Connery was good, although he’s not my Bond at all.

The only downside was, and this may be down to a bit of wine I’d consumed beforehand, but I got all the way through the film and then had to turn to Mr C and say: “So, what were the bad guys doing?” There was so much build up, chasing them down, getting to the bay, being captured in the bunker, and I was following all that but I sort of missed what the overarching evil plot was. Didn’t take away from the enjoyment of it, but the big bad didn’t really seem all that big or bad.

Rating: 3/5.

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