Dr. No (1962)
This is the one that started it all, with Connery as 007 and the first great super-villain of the series, Dr. No (a slightly bland but menacing enough Joseph Wiseman). When Honey Ryder (Swiss beauty Ursula Andress) unforgettably emerges from the sea in a clinging white bikini carrying a bag of conch shells, Bond barely raises an eyebrow. He also doesn't hesitate to make contact with her, even though he is trespassing on a mysterious island called Crab Key owned by a criminal scientist (Dr. No) who is harboring a secret nuclear laboratory. I suppose Bond senses immediately and instinctively that Honey is an innocent in all of this, and of course he is dead right. Watch out for the "fire-breathing dragon" on the island, not to mention a hairy tarantula that crawls into bed with Bond in his motel room at one point (turns out Connery is terrified of spiders, too-and the stuntman who filmed the scene, Bob Simmons, later stated that it was the scariest stunt he had ever performed).
Probably due to its low budget of roughly $1 million, Dr. No is stripped-down early Bond, without a lot of the over-the-top stunts and gadgets (the only "special" gadget Bond receives is his now-famous handgun, the Walther PPK). Instead, Agent 007 manages to survive this story based solely on his wits and quick reflexes. Production designer Ken Adam, who did many of the sets for the early Bond films, worked miracles creating futuristic sets on such a limited budget.
The film was largely shot in Jamaica, where writer Ian Fleming owned a home (called Goldeneye). Dapper Terrence Young directed. Jack Lord, who would later find fame on TV's Hawaii Five-O, played American CIA agent Felix Leiter. He almost reprised his role in Goldfinger, but producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli (who had partnered with Harry Saltzman to form Eon Productions, which produced almost all subsequent Bond pictures, other than the renegade Never Say Never Again in 1983) was concerned that Lord would steal some of the limelight away from Bond, so Cec Linder was cast in the part for Goldfinger instead. The original Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), M's secretary, makes her first appearance, along with Bernard Lee as Bond's boss M.
Dr. No is required viewing for any serious Bond fan.
SPOILER Most Shocking Moment: Bond shoots a would-be assassin in the back, though he knows the assassin's gun is out of bullets.
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