Dr. No – 1962 – English
Film directed in 1962 by Terence Young, and starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, Joseph Wiseman, Anthony Dawson, Zena Marshall, John Kitzmiller, Bernard Lee…
Synopsis: James Bond 007 is Britain’s top agent, and is on an exciting mission, to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with Quarrel and a loyal C.I.A. Agent, Felix Leiter. While dodging tarantulas, “fire breathing dragons”, and a trio of assassins, known as “the three blind mice”. Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No.
Review: I’m sorry to say, but to me Sean Connery is the only Bond. With the single exception being Craig in “Casino Royale”. When I was growing up, I did enjoy Moore’s villains, but now his portrayal seems almost goofy. Moore was just an old guy in a tight suit.
Connery seems to be the only actor that understands who or what Bond is. He is a well-paid assassin. But he is not simply a murderer. Not afraid to close fist punch a woman in the face or hold the door open for her. Later actors too often forgot that Bond is supposed to be graceful yet brutish. Approachable yet cold hearted.
“I admire your courage, Miss…? Sylvia Trench: I admire your luck, Mr…? Bond. James Bond.” This could well be my favorite line in cinema history. Not the often lame interpretations, but during the opening scene at the card table. It still gives me chills.
I just wish they would get back to the basics. How many explosions and car chases does a person need to see. I thought he was a spy, they went and turned him into Rambo.