The locations are gorgeous, and Connery’s Bond is gratifyingly nasty (immortal line, right before he dispatches a villain minion who’s out of ammo: “You’ve had your six”), if not all that impressively competent.
With grabbing, eye-popping colors on the new 4K transfer, Dr. No is still vibrant with a classy sophistication of high-end style, acting, and tip-top dialogue. The non-rhythm of narrative flow hurts though, as since the story is largely depthless in terms of character and arcs, and is without constant excitement or a driving plot, it lacks a unifying emotional element. All scenes are strong if too loosely connected.
Closer to the tenor of the novel with less wisecracking & more bonebreaking. Something glossily different in then contemporary mainstream cinema, building on on American grammar despite the oaky British veneer - here looking like a colonial edition of GQ - with less pretence to hide casual violence. In itself more straightforward than later films; the strident musical leitmotif is something we should be grateful for.
Before 007 drowned into too much action, comedy one-liners and colorful inventions we had this serious spy-entry with a gorgeous blonde babe in white bikini and a cool flame-throwing "Dragon". Sean Connery was perfect in the role and made it into his own. If you already loathe James Bond this movie or any other film will probably be the same for you, but you miss out on some great action and beautiful directed films.
6/10. Decent start to the 007 franchise. The set design inside Dr. No's island fortress alone is worth a viewing. The title design's amazing already. Too bad stuff like the miraculously self-imploding grating in Bond's "prison cell" wall ruins one's ability to take this even half-seriously. But I liked Bond's bullshit-free killing of a bad guy to the humourless line, "It's a Smith & Wesson. And you've had your six."