Upon realising that I have not written many James Bond related film reviews in my time at Nerdscoop, I have decided that it’s high time we introduced a project I have been secretly working on for quite some time. In celebration of this amazing British franchise I will be reviewing the first official 20 Bond films – one per day – starting all the way at the beginning with the first official movie, Dr. No, and finishing up with the 20th, Die Another Day.
In 1962 when Harry Saltzman and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli decided to bring Ian Fleming’s fictional super spy James Bond to the big screen they perfectly cast Sean Connery for the role. After much consideration for many actors, Sean Connery was chosen despite being practically unknown and he kicked off what has been the most successful film series of all time with Dr. No.
The story sees James Bond (Sean Connery) being sent over to Jamaica in order to investigate mysterious radioactive waves which are interfering with the U.S. missile launches, as well as the disappearance of a colleague. With charm, style, action and wit 007 locates Dr. No’s lair and with the assistance of the beautiful Honey Rider (Ursula Andress) defeats him, as you might suspect, in a great final bout.
Dr. No is regularly misunderstood as a Bond film and for whatever reason is often given appallingly low ratings. I personally love it. Dr No is very stylish, incredibly cool, and Connery’s intro is a masterpiece in film making; in fact this is often considered to be one of the coolest character introductions in cinematic history.