Dr. No Blu-ray (James Bond 007)

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His name is Bond, James Bond. And here, in his explosive film debut, Ian Fleming's immortal action hero blazes through one of his most spectacular adventures. Sean Connery embodies the suave yet lethal cool of Agent 007 as he battles the mysteries Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space programme.

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 208937369
UPC 883904116691
UPC 14 00883904116691
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
007
Action
Adventure
Assassins
Based On A Novel
Classic
James Bond
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Mad Doctor
Mystery
Recommended
Secret Agents
Spies
Spy
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note With DR. NO, the first of the James Bond films, director Terence Young and leading man Sean Connery set the precedent for what would become one of the most popular, influential, and long-lasting series ever made. Bond makes his first famous introduction, "Bond, James Bond," in an upscale casino, to a saucy brunette named Slyvia Trench (Eunice Gayson), who he promptly coaxes into a dinner date. Back at Secret Service Headquarters, M (Bernard Lee) assigns Bond to a mission in Jamaica. An agent who was investigating strange activity with nuclear weapons in Cape Canaveral has disappeared, and Bond is to take up where he left off. His contact, CIA operative Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) reminds Bond that his title, "007," means he has license to kill, not be killed. This advice comes in handy in Jamaica as assassins relentlessly emerge from the woodwork, desperately trying to bring Bond down. Bond makes his way to Crab Key Island to find evil scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), the primary suspect. There he is met with the obstacle of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), a deadly beauty who emerges from the sea in a tiny bikini with a knife holster slung about her hips, in one of the most seductive Bond-girl moments of all time. With a striking lack of gadgets, DR. NO is a heartier mystery than subsequent films in the series, providing for some excellent adventures in which Bond must rely on his own clever spy skills to get out of sticky situations.
Reviews
Total Film "...This one's memorable for great '60s styling..." 07/01/2000 p.112
Premiere "...[I]t gave the world a new kind of hero: impossibly suave, impossibly competent, always a winner, and perfectly embodied in hirsute Sean Connery." 12/01/2003 p.10
Directors
Terence Young
Actors
Ursula Andress
Sean Connery
Cast & Crew
Lois Maxwell - Star
Joseph Wiseman - Star
Eunice Gayson - Star
Ursula Andress - Star
Zena Marshall - Star
Bernard Lee - Star
Anthony Dawson - Star
Jack Lord - Star
Sean Connery - Star
John Kitzmiller - Star
Berkeley Mather - Screenwriter
Richard Maibaum - Screenwriter
Peter Hunt - Editor
Ian Fleming - Source Writer
Ken Adam - Production Designer
John Barry - Composer
Johanna Harwood - Screenwriter
Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
Ted Moore - Director of Photography
Monty Norman - Composer
Harry Saltzman - Producer
Terence Young - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1963
Catalog ID 111669
UPC 00883904116691
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1964) Ursula Andress, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer - Female
Reviews
ReviewSource Classic Movie Guide
Review In 1962, three of the most immortal words in film history were uttered onscreen for the first time: "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No was the first look that audiences got at Bond in action (if one puts aside the American TV version of Casino Royale), and while it hasn't aged well since it was first released, it's still a diverting action picture that first established what would soon come to pass as franchise traditions...By now, the character of superspy 007 needs no introduction, having become ingrained into cultural lexicons all across the globe thanks to his massively popular adventures. But what some movie fans might forget is that after 40-plus years of seeing Bond do what he does best, his first time at bat was a fairly modest little venture, especially in comparison to some of the more grandiose and gleefully far-fetched entries the series would turn out...Dr. No finds itself in the awkward position of being lauded for kicking off one of the most enduring cinematic franchises and doing first what has since being commonplace and even taken for granted in the series. As a movie on its own terms, however, Dr. No is more than a little underwhelming, though it contains a fair amount of thrills all its own and works at least quite a bit of the time as a good example of pure, escapist entertainment.
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Reviewer A.J. Hakari
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Barring a television adaptation of Casino Royale in the 1950s (not to be confused with the 1967 movie of the same name), 1962's Dr. No was the first opportunity fans of Ian Fleming's James Bond had to watch the intrepid superspy in action. However, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli wanted their movie to appeal to a wider audience than just Fleming's readers. To that end, they altered the 007 of the novels to better fit the screen. Bond became more suave and witty, and less cold- blooded. Nevertheless, the hero of Dr. No is still grittier than he would become by Goldfinger (released only two years later), and bears little resemblance to the version of Bond essayed by Roger Moore beginning in 1973...The "James Bond theme", co-created by Monty Norman and John Barry (although exactly who is responsible for the bulk of the piece remains a topic of contention to this day), peppers an otherwise unmemorable score. M and Moneypenny make their screen debuts (Q first appeared in the next film, From Russia with Love), and the first -- and perhaps best-remembered -- Bond girl, Ursula Andress, sets a standard that hasn't wavered in more than thirty years. All-in-all, Dr. No is a successful, if not superlative, motion picture. While it may appear tame by the standards of the later productions, it's an entertaining look back in movie history at a project that developed into a worldwide phenomenon.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Connery,Sean
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com Essential viewing for any Bond fanatic.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...must be ranked among the best.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide First James Bond film is least pretentious, with meatier story...
Stefan Birgir Stefansson, SBS.is The first, and one of the best James Bond movie.
Variety An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.
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