Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by Tom Fortune0
Bond in Film: Dr. No
The start of our Bond feature is right here. We are taking a look back at all 22 Bond films before the release of the 23rd film Skyfall in late November here in Australia. These will come through written reviews, video content and even some audio if we feel that way. With the first film 1962′s Dr. No starring Sean Connery, our Bond journey starts now.
I think to put this film in the proper perspective, we should start with the fact that it’s been passed it’s fiftieth anniversary. Fifty years. Half a century. A time when many hadn’t even heard of The Beatles! Looking back on a fifty year old film can be difficult but for some reason, the Bond franchise has held up, in my opinion, fantastically.
Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli took an Ian Fleming spy novel and put it up on the big screen. They hired Terence Young to direct a script by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. And for Bond? They chose an ex Mr. Universe contestant, best known for a supporting role in Disney’s “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” Sean Connery. He would not only be the first but would also become the true face of Bond on and off for two decades.
The Bond formula started here, whatever we think of when Bond comes to mind, it was probably featured in Dr. No. Bond introducing himself while lighting a cigarette at a baccarat table. “Bond. James Bond.” If that moment doesn’t make you smile, you need to check your pulse. Ursula Andress walking out of the ocean in her famous white bikini. Seriously, every five minutes or so, you can catch yourself thinking, that’s the first time Bond ever did this or said that.
And then there’s the villain, Dr. Julius No. If you asked me to name my favorite Bond villain, I would probably have to go with Auric Goldfinger or maybe even my man Le Chiffre, but Dr. No would be a close second. With his precise talk and mechanical hand, he is a fantastically stereotypical bond villain. The introduction with the all white room with No talking to his henchman is super cool. His plan is to sabotage a US space launch from his Island base. Anything that you may have seen in the Austin Powers series in his command centers is probably seen here, with a “Destroy world” button not out of place.
With everything that Dr. No gave the franchise, as a superb base for a fifty year and beyond series, all bond fans have Terence Young and co. to thank for the enjoyment they have been given. Dr. No was the film that introduced James Bond to the world, what a start to a brilliant series spanning fifty years.
Next up we will have our From Russia with Love look back on Thursday, be sure to check in and see what Ben thinks of the second film of the series!