Dr. No (1962)
Reviewed on 2010 August 21
The first James Bond movie, with lots of cool day-for-night cinematography (cool when it’s done right), an interesting plot complete with supervillain, lots of ’60s stuff, and of course, Sean Connery.
Agent 007, a.k.a. Bond, James Bond (Connery, looking like he could have been born in a Saville Row suit) is called to Jamaica to track down a missing fellow MI6 operative. In between the shady characters trying to bump him off and the exotic women hovering around him like moths, he learns of a mysterious forbidden place in the otherwise seemingly perfect jet-set playground. The notorious Crab Key is home to bauxite mines and, according to local legend, a dragon. Dragon or not, Bond has a mission to complete for God, Queen and country.
The actors playing Bond, special effects budgets and Bond girl wardrobes have changed over the years, but otherwise I’ve come to the conclusion that the Bond franchise is kind of like the food in a really good Mexican restaurant. The same key ingredients are there, but with a little shuffling it invariably results in good stuff and there’s enough variation to make it interesting. I’m shamelessly biased, being of Scottish heritage, but Sean Connery is James Bond. The other men that filled his shoes in later years did a great job — I even thought Lazenby held his own in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — but Connery is my favorite. It’s been said that this one, along with the new Casino Royale, is closest to Fleming’s depiction of a ruthless Bond.
Three chocolate morsels and a Zombie.