Dr. No

Dr. No

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Director: Terence Young

Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman


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The MGM Special Edition DVD of Dr. No is marvelous example of the DVD's ability to both inform and entertain us. Always conscious that this was 007's first foray into the film world, the disk strikes an interesting pose between giving background data on how the Bond books came to the screen and drawing on our common shared knowledge that Bond has become aSee more details below


The MGM Special Edition DVD of Dr. No is marvelous example of the DVD's ability to both inform and entertain us. Always conscious that this was 007's first foray into the film world, the disk strikes an interesting pose between giving background data on how the Bond books came to the screen and drawing on our common shared knowledge that Bond has become a screen icon. The film transfer to disk, presented in a widescreen format that has been enhanced for widescreen TV's, is clear and razor sharp. The same clarity goes for the soundtrack, which has been shaken, not stirred, into sonic perfection by Dolby Digital. Among the gallery of special features on the disk is an "Inside Dr. No" documentary and featurette on Director Terence Young that makes it clear that he was the actual model for the suave, sophisticated person that star Sean Connery portrayed in the film. Other special features include an audio commentary with Young and other cast/crew members, the original ads from film, TV, and radio, a featurette unearthed from the 1960s, a stills gallery, and a collectible booklet.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Terence Young's Dr. No started one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history, as well as forever changed film audiences' expectations and the film industry's conceptions of both screen heroes and movie thrillers. Dr. No presented a hero who was as hedonistic and even venal (and that went double where women were concerned) as he was brave and resourceful; in no way selfless, Sean Connery's James Bond was the first hero conceived along lines that Playboy magazine could have applauded, always as mindful of his own pleasures as he was of the mission at hand -- Bond was the first modern screen hero motivated as much by the pursuit of those pleasures, and his personal lusts, as he was by any devotion to duty or a higher purpose (there had been a few antecedents in the distant past, mostly growing out of post-World War I adventure fiction, such as Bulldog Drummond and the Saint, but they hadn't made a huge impact on the screen). The seemingly blurred morality of Dr. No's hero also blurred the lines that movies and popular culture had relied upon for decades to differentiate the sides on which characters stood, so much so, that in their first face-to-face meeting, the film's title villain (Joseph Wiseman) mistakes Bond for a kindred spirit and a potential ally; indeed, Dr. No's first onscreen appearance is filled with as much teasing as Bond's first appearance before the camera -- their bodies and hands are seen before their faces, as though to establish a bizarre (for its time) parallelism between the two characters. Much of what was supposed to intrigue and dazzle viewers in 1962 may now seem tame, mostly thanks to the many Bond movies that followed, but Dr. No holds up as more than a period piece, mostly thanks to the mix of fresh, energetic portrayals by Connery, Wiseman, Ursula Andress, John Kitzmiller, and Jack Lord; a carefully crafted script with its feet in old- and new-style mysteries; and very lean, skillful work by Young and editor Peter Hunt. The sexual byplay also seems mild, until one realizes that Bond beds more women in this movie than any 50 screen heroes up to that time. In looking at the movie today, one can not only see the cinematic equivalent of a bolt of lightning hitting the action-adventure genre dead-center, but also a candid snapshot capturing several new phenomena in popular culture that were about to spring into the world, far beyond the realm of motion pictures. The location material in Dr. No was shot in Jamaica in early 1962, just as the island was in transition to independence, and its culture, music, and identity were all about to burst onto the international scene. The band playing "Jump Up" in the sequence at Puss Feller's club was Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, one of the top music acts in Kingston; at the time, in 1961-1962, Byron Lee was recorded by WIRL records, a label founded and run by Edward Seaga, who subsequently arranged for Lee and his band to appear at the 1964 New York World's Fair, where they took the city by storm, playing the hottest night spots in the city and becoming the first Jamaican band to get a U.S. record contract with a major label. In the later 1960s, Seaga, who had become Minister of Finance (and, later still, Prime Minister), sold his studio to Lee, who renamed it Dynamic Sounds Recording, and it was there that the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, and other luminaries cut a string of classic songs and albums during the 1970s. Additionally, in that same club scene in Dr. No, one can spot a tall man in a blue shirt dancing -- that was Chris Blackwell, who was a production assistant on the movie and soon after became the founder of Island Records, a company that was later sold for 300 million dollars and went on to play a vital role in the international spread of such Jamaican-spawned sounds as ska, bluebeat, rocksteady, and reggae, making stars of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and many others.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Ursula Andress Honey Ryder
Joseph Wiseman Dr. No
Jack Lord Felix Leiter
Bernard Lee M
Anthony Dawson Prof. Dent
Zena Marshall Miss Taro
John Kitzmiller Quarrel
Eunice Gayson Sylvia
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Margaret LeWars Photographer
Reggie Carter Jones
Peter Burton Maj. Boothroyd
Lester Prendergast Pussfeller
Yvonne Shima Sister Lily

Technical Credits
Terence Young Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Sidney Cain Art Director
Syd Cain Art Director
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Frank George Special Effects
Johanna Harwood Screenwriter
Peter Hunt Editor
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Berkley Mather Screenwriter
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Monty Norman Score Composer
John O'Gorman Makeup
Eric Rogers Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Saltzman Producer
Bob Simmons Stunts

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Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
1. Logos/Main Title. [:04]
2. Three Blind Killers. [2:58]
3. "Le Cercle" Of Cards. [:55]
4. Assignments & Guns. [:11]
5. Sexy Golf. [2:36]
6. A Very Bad Driver. [3:06]
7. The Dead Man's Place. [:56]
8. Taking Percautions. [:07]
9. Finding A Quarrel. [1:52]
10. Spy Meets Spy. [:29]
11. No Pix, Please. [:29]
12. Ungenuine Geologist. [:12]
13. I Don't Like Failure. [1:01]
14. Along Came A Spider. [:32]
15. Oops! Missing Files. [:51]
16. Radioactive Samples. [:27]
17. Road Runner. [1:11]
18. Stalling A Spy. [5:19]
19. Set Up, Wait & Shoot. [1:17]
20. Shell-Shocked. [2:11]
21. Wading Into Trouble. [2:47]
22. Diesel Dragon. [2:26]
23. Decontamination Bath. [3:01]
24. A Luxurious Prison. [1:07]
25. Minnows Like Whales?. [3:06]
26. Dinner With Dr. . [3:41]
27. Tunnel Of Trouble. [1:43]
28. That Suit Suits Me. [2:04]
29. Danger Level High. [1:58]
30. Look, No Hands!. [:56]
31. Honey! Abandon Ship! [:13]
32. Happily Lost At Sea. [1:17]
33. [:26]

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