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Dr. No (Blu-ray)
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His name is Bond, James Bond. And here, in his explosive ?lm 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 mysterious Dr. No, a scienti?c genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program.
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Bond (Connery) is assigned to a mission in Jamaica. An agent who was investigating strange activity with nuclear weapons at Cape Canveral has disappeared and he is to take up where he left off. His contact, CIA operative Felix Leiter (Jack Lord-pre Hawaii 5-0) is there to help. While dodging assisins and lovely femme fatales Bond's investigation takes him to Crab Key Island to find evil scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), the primary suspect. There he is meets 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 memorable Bond-girl moments of all time. It's up to Bond to find a way to save the world...before it's too late.
Terance Young, who directed three out of the first four films in the series, takes a simple approach. The gadgetry is at a minimum and there is more of an intricate web of mystery in this adventure than in most other Bond movies. Don't worry though, it's still all there, but the film sticks closer to the Flemming novels. M (Bernard Lee) and Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) true staples of the Bond mythos are here as well. With all due respect to Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan, Connery still owns the role hands down. And he proves it right out of the gate...
The extras on the special edition DVD are pretty good. They are set up the same way as on most other discs in the series.Read more ›
However, Dr. No owes its success chiefly to two moments -- two of the greatest entrances in screen history. One is Honey Ryder's (Ursula Andress) entrance on the beach on Dr. No's Crab Key. Andress immediately became an object of desire for millions of red blooded males with her tanned sensuous body and skimpy bikini (in the book Dr. No, Ryder was naked). After 42 years and god knows how many sexy women, Andress' Ryder is still the standard. And unlike so many of the later Bond heroines, Andress' Ryder is a tough, intelligent woman who can take care of herself. When Bond promises he won't take the shells she sells to support herself, Andress answers, "I promise you you won't, either." Later, when she tells of killing her rapist with a black widow spider, even Bond recoils in mild shock.Read more ›
DR. NO was the first film adapted from the books, created by the amazing Ian Fleming. Producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman bought the books from Fleming, and tried to convince studios to finance them. They had trouble there, which they called the 'Bond thing' too British, and sexual. Luckily, United Artists took a chance on DR. NO, and allocated a meager budget of $1 million.
Next, they cast a virtually unknown Scottish actor named Sean Connery. The studio wasn't too keen on Connery, who beat out actors Roger Moore and Rex Harrison. They also hand-picked the alluring Ursula Andress as the Bond girl, Honey Ryder and cast Joseph Wiseman as the title character, and the first Bond villian. With these perfect cast choices, the film would go on to be a huge hit and launched the career of Connery.
DR. NO was the one of the few films most faithful to the original story, with James Bond sent by M of MI6 to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow agent named Strangways. Bond's trail leads him to the isolated island of Crab Key, where he meets the sexy Honey Ryder. Bond is then confronted with the corrupt scientist Dr.Read more ›
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Bon souvenirs, surtout de pouvoir comparer les technologies d'hier et d'aujourd'hui.Published 18 months ago by Simeth Jaques
One of the better Sean Connery Bond movies. Even has old English cars in it and Ursula Andress is marvellous.Published 19 months ago by Chris White
Brings back wonderful memories of the start of the James Bond series with Sean Connery as the best Bond ever.Published on July 11 2013 by Alderson
First Bond Classic need I say more? It was a good place to start and the best spy movie for the time it was released.Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Ryan Charlton