Dr. No Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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From Library Journal
The allure of James Bond was best described by Raymond Chandler, who insisted that 007 is "what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Who can argue with that? This month marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No, which was the first Bond adventure to make the big screen, and two big coffee-table books are being published to honor the occasion (LJ 10/1/02, p. 96). Shockingly, Fleming's original novels have gone out of print, but Penguin here reproduces a trio of the British secret agent's early outings, released in 1952, 1958, and 1959, respectively, sporting stylish cover art. These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun.
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"Doctor No" (1958) shows him at his finest. Its story is one of his more outlandish, and the romance a little more mushy than usual, but in terms of plot, suspense, and non-stop danger, this is as exciting as the Bond books get. If you've seen the movie, you basically know the plot, though there are a few minor differences. If you've never read a Bond novel before, this is as good a place as any to start.
Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a Secret Service agent. It is soon apparent that there is much more afoot than he had anticipated, and a third of the way into the novel, Bond is sailing by night to the island of Doctor No, determined to find out the truth. Along the way the loses a friend, charms a babe, and foils the nefarious machinations of the evil doctor. Oh yeah--and he kills a giant squid.
Also, the story reads almost like a different yarn than the movie:
- In the book, Dr. No is killed by a pile of bird dung that is dropped from a crane manned by 007. In the movie, he dies during the breakdown of his palace.
- In the book, Quarrel (Bond's partner) picks 007 up at the airport when he first comes to Jamaica. In the movie, a Dr. No employee picks him up and is killed minutes later by his own hand.
- In the book, 007 sees a giant centipede crawl up his body when he's in bed. In the movie, it's a tarantula.
- In the book, Honey Rider first appears naked. In the movie, she's wearing a bikini.
- But most of all, the novel's primary focus seems to show that Dr. No is a seller of bird dung that wishes to keep people away. In the movie, he wants to keep people out, but we are deprived of the bird slant that is really quite important to the story as a whole. The book "Dr. No " reads almost as a totally different story than the movie, and it includes more adventures. I recommend this highly.
Once the dynamic trio is teamed up, it's not long before they're bumbling their way into the arms of Dr. No's professional henchmen. Bond makes elementary mistake after mistake, achieving something along the lines of his own personal Bay of Pigs in the showdown with the dreaded "dragon". Once in the (inevitable) clutches of the hook-handed Dr. No, things get even more silly. First, the villain reveals his entire nefarious operation to Bond (because he's an egomaniac and needs his audience), which Bond had no previous idea about. Then, after gleefully telling Bond and the girl about how he liked to conduct scientific tests of human "will to live", and conveying them to his own deadly obstacle course, he doesn't even bother to observe his little experiment! Instead, he wanders off to supervise some guano loading operation!Read more ›
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I've seen every single James bond movie and wanted to give the books a try.
I actually like this better than the movie, though that shouldnt come as a surprise to many.
Great Christmas gift. I never actually read this book. Hope my son enjoys this Christmas gift this year. Good for Ian FlemmingPublished on Oct. 1 2013 by Larry K. Swenarchuk
Dr. NO is another of the classic Bonds that seemingly get better with time. Full of 60's mores....and villanous villains. Its always a fun read.Published on Sept. 29 2013 by Bootsy Bass
Dr. No ranks amongst the best and most suspenseful of Fleming's work. After contemplated killing off 007 in the previous instalment, Fleming introduces a much more gritty,... Read morePublished on May 10 2013 by Jeremy
I needed a copy of Dr. No to complete the original collection of books I bought when they were first issued. Read morePublished on July 31 2012 by smartchick
Dr. No, the first Bond Novel I read, (an accident, I did not realize that the filmakers made the movies in a different order from the books) the sixth in chronological order. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Barbara Hall
Most of us have seen a James Bond movie at one time or another and enjoyed the outlandish antics in which he participates. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003
I'll review this one because it was the first movie made, but not the first Bond story written by Fleming. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003