Dr. No (1962)


James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate what is causing interference with American space launches on the island of Crab Key. Bond and adventuress Honey Ryder find the answer to the mystery and come face to face with the diabolical Dr. No.

Release Data
UK: 5th October 1962 (PG)
USA: 8th May 1963 (PG)
World Premiere: 5th October 1962 (London Pavilion, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 28th October 1975, ITV
US TV Premiere: 10th November 1974, ABC

Running Time: 105 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Budget: $1.0m
Worldwide Box Office: $59.5m
US Box Office: $16.067m
US Admissions: 19 million
UK Box Office: N/A

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Sean Connery
Honey Ryder
Ursula Andress
Dr. No
Joseph Wiseman
John Kitzmiller
Professor Dent
Anthony Dawson
Sylvia Trench
Eunice Gayson
Miss Taro
Zena Marshall
Bernard Lee
Miss Moneypenny
Lois Maxwell
Felix Leiter
Jack Lord

Producers: Harry Saltzman & Albert R Broccoli
Director: Terence Young
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood and Berkley Mather
Composer: Monty Norman

London, UK; Kingston, Jamaica; Crab Key.

Pre-Credits Sequence
The only film in the series not to include a "pre-credits sequence", as the opening of the movie begins with electronic noises and the names of the producers displayed. The title sequence is composed of sequences of dots to the James Bond theme.

As with Ian Fleming's novel, the central villain lends his name to the title of the film.



Cut Scenes & Alternate Versions
The ending had originally featured Honey being attacked by land crabs when Bond rescues her. The crabs moved too slowly to be really menacing and the ending was reshot without the crabs. Still photographs of the earlier ending can be seen on the special edition DVD.

During the Dent execution, most TV versions omit Bond's second gunshot into Dent's back.

Some TV versions shorten the opening scenes to speed up Bond's introduction. In particular a scene featuring a fellow agent arriving at the casino in search of Bond is cut, and the card game with Sylvia Trench begins just prior to the famous "Bond, James Bond" introduction, omitting the lengthy lead-up in the original.

Some foreign prints omit the scene entirely. Alternate versions of some scenes were filmed for European markets, including a somewhat more revealing scene involving the character Miss Taro.

Best Line
Bond: "Bond... James Bond."

Best Mistake
At one point Bond picks a thug up with his left hand and prepares to lay into him with his right. However, he then hits him with his left hand...

Distinguishing feature
The first time Bond uses a Walther PPK, replacing his preferred Beretta.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 3
Martinis: 2
Kills: 5
"Bond, James Bond": 1

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The only Bond film to not include some variation of "James Bond will return" in the closing credits.

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