Dr. No [DVD] [1962]

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  • Release Date: 09/15/2015
  • Rating: PG
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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (173 out of 175)

    Synopsis


    Dr. No
    Terence Young directed this first of a long line of screen adventures with Ian Fleming's unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek style that set the tone for the rest of the popular series. Sean Connery sets the standard by which all future takers must measure themselves as the insouciant and devil-may-care James Bond. The story concerns Bond being sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. During his investigation, he comes into contact with the evil and unscrupulous Chinese scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) who, living on an island called Crab Key, is hard at work in a nuclear laboratory. Dr. No's scheme is to divert rockets being fired from Cape Canaveral off their charted course and to blackmail the United States to get their rocket launches restored to normal. Helping Bond is Ursula Andress (mostly undressed in a bikini throughout most of the film), as well as bad gals like Zena Marshall, who almost leads Bond to his death in her bedroom, and Eunice Gayson, a Bond pickup in a London gambling house who proves herself a greater adversary than even James Bond can handle. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - James Bond
    • Ursula Andress
      Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder
    • Joseph Wiseman
      Joseph Wiseman - Dr. No
    • Jack Lord
      Jack Lord - Felix Leiter
    • Bernard Lee
      Bernard Lee - M



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    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six.

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      rfkent
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      In his first outing, British secret agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery), is sent to Jamaica to investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow agent, John Strangways (Tim Moxon), which may be linked to energy waves causing American rockets launched from Cape Canaveral to topple. The most intriguing aspect of Bond's assignment is how the undercover agent's presence is immediately known by a myriad of enemy agents -- one posing as a newspaper photographer flashes his picture on two occasions, one pretends to be a chauffeur sent by the Government House, and a trio of assassins posing as blind men attempt a hit outside of Bond's hotel and later attempt to run him off a mountain. Bond does have allies in CIA agent Felix Lieter (Jack Lord) and local fisherman Quarrel (John Kitzmiller), though both men at first mistake Bond for a double agent. It doesn't take Bond long to accumulate clues that point to a mysterious figure known around Jamaica as Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), who resides off-island in the remote Crab Key, an island feared by Jamaicans because it's guarded by a supposed fire-breathing dragon. Dr. No is one of the classic villains of the silver screen. Like Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest" (1936), the evil Dr. No is talked up throughout the film, which makes his eventual entrance all the more menacing. One of the first startling truths that Bond discovers about Dr. No is the extent of fear he puts in his own henchmen. Rather than spill information to Bond, the phony chauffeur swallows a cyanide tablet and the photographer is willing to be tortured by Quarrel. In addition to his reputation, the viewer is given brief glimpses of Dr. No in other scenes in the film. When Professor Dent (Anthony Dawson) journeys to Crab Key to warn of Bond's determined arrival, Dr. No's god-like voice reverberates through an emotionless prison cell (one of Ken Adam's more intriguing sets). Following Bond's capture at Crab Key, the lower portion of Dr. No's body is seen entering the mink-lined cell and admiring the lifeless body of his opponent. Like Duke Mantee, Dr. No makes his official entrance flanked by two of his henchmen. But, whereas Duke Mantee is just a heartless killer, Dr. No is bent on world domination (the recurring theme among Bond villains), a member of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). He initially spares Bond's life because he finds him a formidable foe, one who might even make a good recruit for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Exactly the kind of arrogant logic that so often makes the Bond villains somewhat endearing (gasp!). It has always been a hallmark of the Bond films that the villains hold 007 in such high admiration, especially when they take the opportunity to use plot exposition to either tell Bond exactly how they plan to take over the world and why their plan absolutely cannot fail, and exactly what ridiculous method of torture will be used to kill Bond, usually something so elaborate that it will allow Bond plenty of time to craft a surprise escape. In the case of "Dr. No", Bond is roughhoused by a group of henchmen and later awakes in a prison cell. The only means of escape is via a ventilation duct within the cell. In the novel, the ventilation shaft is a test for Bond to endure, eventually leading him to a giant squid which he must fight, all, it is soon revealed, for the amusement of Dr. No. Perhaps the scene was too elaborate to film, or would have required a greater budget than United Artists was willing to provide, but in the film version the ventilation shaft serves only as a means of escape for Bond, presumably undetected since the shaft leads directly outside of Dr. No's control room, which Bond is able to enter by simply subduing a henchman and donning his radiation outfit. It's the one perplexity in the entire film, for the viewer is led to assume that a villain like Dr. No, who has arranged his evil lair with such precision, would not open himself to such a degree of vulnerability. Regardless of the means of getting Bond to the control room, the resulting mano-a-mano showdown between Bond and Dr. No, pitted on the edge of a radiation tank, is still fairly exciting. However, I would have liked to have seen more menacing demonstrations of Dr. No's metallic hands than simply crushing a statue, as it creates quite a contrast when his strength becomes his weakness once he is unable to climb out of the radiation tank.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Not Very Promising Start

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      ITakeLotsaPictures
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      I was a bit disappointed. This first Bond film seems like only a dry run for the great ones to follow. I think the filmmakers saw this as one-shot deal and had no inkling of the possibilities that lay ahead (50 years of sequels??). The script doesn't have much sparkle, the pacing is dutiful and dull, and the storytelling is sometimes unclear. Sean Connery is not very interesting at this point; he seems to be doing his job while waiting for a better role in another film. Ursula Andress is very beautiful, but the filmmakers don't give her enough to do and the character she portrays is just not compelling. They had not invented the Bond woman yet! And this villain is no Goldfinger, exhibiting none of the delicious malevolence that should drive the story. The comparison with the later Bond films is really unfair, but I can't help it. For me, this film is of mostly historical interest, and not something I will view with pleasure over and over again. But for those who do enjoy Dr. No, they will happy to know this blu ray is a must-have. The film has been gloriously preserved and restored. The colors are rich and the soundtrack is pristine. The extras are a treat and deepens one's appreciation of the film (and its shortcomings).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "You've Had Your Six"

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      DWolfe47
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      MGM has recently re-released their Bond Blu-rays again in anticipation of the new film SPECTRE. I own the 2012 releases which despite different cover art are the same exact discs that had just been released so my review here should still be relevant. Initially released in 2008 the current master for Dr. No still holds up as a fresh way to watch the film being one of the earlier mastered in 4K releases. This was the first Bond film so don't mind the rough around the edges feel of it but being the earliest this is one of the films that presents Bond's world being the closest to Fleming's source material with all the charm and ruthlessness present in Connery's performance. While there are some significant changes from page to screen overall this adaptation is still very faithful and in some cases improves on a few things such as adding Professor Dent and seeing Doctor No's plan in action. Overall if you're buying these films individually and are wondering where to start the first one is usually a hit or miss choice to start but here I can say as long as you don't mind an aged film this is a sterling choice.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      dr. no

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      Dr. No is a fun and thoroughly enjoyable Bond flick that sets the stage for the films that have followed over the past 4 decades. Sean Connery sets the stage for his iconic turn as the legendary spy and delivers a performance that has defined James Bond for almost fifty years. MGM has done an excellent job of bringing this well aged movie to Blu-ray by delivering an exceptional restored version of the film. Video performance is better than expected with a surprisingly warm and detailed picture. The movie's 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio surround track also succeeds in updating an extremely limited sound track to full high definition glory. Supplements are nothing new, however, and any owner of the previous DVD edition of Dr. No will be in familiar territory. Despite the lack of fresh extras, Dr. No is a must own title for Bond fans and film fans in general. Dr. No comes highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great beginning of a cinematic legacy

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      prlwctd

      This, the first James Bond film, is a great start to what remains the longest running film series. Sir Sean rightly became famous portraying British agent James Bond who, in this flick, is sent to investigate the disappearence of a fellow agent in Jamaica. His trek eventually leads him to both the title character (Joseph Wiseman) and beautiful nature girl Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress). Despite its modest budget, this film is first rate all around and would, of course, be just the beginning.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      start of a legendary series of james bond films

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      moviefanatic
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      What more can you add to Ian Fleming's classic super-spy adventures when the first James Bond film stars Sean Connery as the indomitable 007 (the license to kill designation), the classically beautiful Ursula Andress in her first major film in the miniest-bikini and the arch-enemy of civilization, Dr. No as the super-villain. All set in the tropic lusciousness of the British West Indies. See where it all began.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The film that started it all

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      brianblu
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      Dr. No arrives on blu in full 1080p. The movie has received the full AVC Mpeg-4 treatment and has preserved the film's original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Considering this is a 46 year old film, the re-master looks stunning. There are no anomalies like edge enhancement, macroblocking or noise. Film grain is present but looks completely natural. For all the lovers of Bond movies, this is a must-have.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Value

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      Steelernut
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      This DVD is a great value for the price I paid. I've been collecting all of the James Bond 007 movies I can. NO ONE can beat Sean Connery, Daniel Craig comes close... but NO ONE beats Sir Sean! * I have been looking for the Steel box versions that Best Buy has had but they did not have this movie in that format so I settled for this, hence the 3 stars *

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