Dr. No Review – A blast from the gritty Bond past

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I like to think of myself as a fan of the James Bond series. But I say that having not seen any of the Roger Moore movies in full, along with missing out on the apparent best Connery/Lazenby performances of all. So it’s time to remedy this problem, and by that I mean I’ve watched Dr. No and I’ll get around to Goldfinger in a few months’ time.

It’s surprising how much the first film manages to set some of the most contemporary trends to the Bond franchise. Connery’s first outing as Ian Fleming’s legendary character is a fitting introduction for the series. Suave, sophisticated and a tad Scottish, Connery really cements himself as a brilliant actor and also manages to charm his way through an unbelievably flaccid script.

By far the biggest problem of Dr. No is its script. Although Connery and the rest of the cast provide strong performances, there’s not much that keeps them all that memorable in the long run. Probably the least memorable aspect of the movie is in fact the titular Dr. No Joseph Wiseman’s character is disappointing, especially when compared to the later larger-than-life villains the series throws our way.

The action is oddly stilted at times and it’s more of an age thing than anything else. Because of how old the film is and how natural everything had to be, the action feels strangely slow paced and for the most part isn’t all that enjoyable. It still has that Bond charm to it, in part due to the impressive performance of Connery, but that doesn’t change the often-poor action scenes.

What is impressive though is how consistently competent the movie feels in general. Although the villain is forgettable and the action is poor, the rest of the film falls into place quite spectacularly. Connery is a natural with some great confidence that bolster a role that could’ve ended in complete disaster.

For the most part then, Dr. No is a great introduction to the series for those that may not necessarily class themselves as fans of the series. Setting the standard for the films that follow, with contemporary references cropping up every now and then; Connery’s first outing as James Bond is a solid enough triumph that he continued to improve over his tenure as the suited womaniser.


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Dr. No
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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