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Dr. No

In Jamaica, British agent Commander John Strangways and his secretary are murdered by the Three Blind Mice, a group of professional assassins posing as beggars. British Secret Service agent James Bond (007), is sent by his boss "M" to Jamaica to investigate Strangways' disappearance, and determine whether or not it is related to the disrupted American missile launchings at Cape Canaveral.

On arriving at the airport in Jamaica, Bond is greeted by Mr. Jones, who claims to be a chauffeur sent to drive him to Government House. Bond phones to check this and finds it to be a lie, but returns to the car, being snapped on the way by an unidentified female photographer. On the journey, they are tailed by an unidentified vehicle and thinking it is a decoy, Bond orders Jones to pull into a side road to lose their pursuers. He threatens Jones with a gun, but before he can interrogate him, Jones commits suicide by biting into a cigarette laced with cyanide.

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Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and James Bond
(Sean Connery) on Crab Key, Dr. No's island.
Through Pleydell-Smith, the Governor of Jamaica, and General Potter, who regularly played cards with Strangways, Bond learns that Strangways had hired a man named Quarrel to guide him while fishing. Bond visits Quarrel, but finds him to be uncooperative at first. He follows him to Puss Fella's beach bar, where Quarrel agrees to talk to him in private, but it is an ambush and he is attacked by Quarrel and Puss Fella. He manages to overpower them, only to find a man standing behind him with a gun. Inspecting Bond's own gun, the man realises that it is a model used by the British Secret Service and identifies himself as Felix Leiter of the CIA. He confirms that both he and Quarrel had been in the car that tailed Bond from the airport and that having seen him get into a car with a known enemy, they were unsure of his allegiance. Now convinced of Bond's identity, he tells Bond that he is working on the same investigation for the CIA and so they decide to join forces. Later that evening, they are sat discussing their theories in the bar, when Bond is again snapped by the unknown photographer from the airport. Quarrel restrains her so she can be questioned, but despite Quarrel nearly breaking her arm, she refuses to talk and they let her go after Bond pulls the film from her camera. Realising that enemy spies have been following him since he arrived, Bond questions who could make them so scared that they are unwilling to talk.

When investigating Strangways' home, Bond finds a receipt from a local geologist named Professor Dent who helped Strangways by identifying rock samples from a nearby island called Crab Key. Dent claims the rocks are ordinary Iron pyrites, but Bond quickly identifies the rocks to be radioactive. He also discovers that Crab Key is feared by the locals and that nobody dares go near it. Dent is revealed as a henchman of the enemy Dr. Julius No, the resident of Crab Key, who orders him to kill Bond.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to kill Bond by releasing a deadly tarantula in Bond's bungalow, Dent orders the Governor's secretary, Miss Taro to invite Bond to her home in the mountains. She is also a spy of Dr. No's, however Bond is already suspicious of her, having caught her eavesdropping on a meeting between himself and the Governor, when she also claimed that government files on Dr. No and Crab Key had disappeared. His suspicions are realised when he is involved in a car chase with a black limousine en route to her home. The driver tries to kill Bond by forcing him off the road, but Bond outwits them and the hearse crashes over a cliff and explodes. Arriving at Miss Taro's house, she is shocked to see that he is still alive, but she quickly recovers and whilst Bond is preoccupied, makes a discreet phone call to Professor Dent. Guessing that Dent will soon arrive, Bond suggests taking Miss Taro to dinner and appears to phone for a taxi, but when the car arrives, she is taken away by the police and Bond returns to the house to wait for Dent to arrive. Bond questions him and Dent admits that Strangways had been murdered, but when Bond asks who they are all working for, Dent refuses to say any more, so Bond shoots him.

Bond and Quarrel set sail to Crab Key where they meet Honey Ryder, a seashell collector. After gaining her trust, Bond discovers that her father was murdered by Dr. No and she begs Bond to avenge his death, but warns him of a dragon that supposedly guards the island. Soon after, they are chased by several armed men and forced to flee into the forest. Being pursued till dusk, Quarrel is burned alive by the dragon, which turns out to be a painted tank fitted with flame throwers. Bond and Honey are captured and taken to Dr. No's lair, where they are put through a radiation decontamination unit, then imprisoned in a luxury guest suite where they sleep after drinking drugged coffee. Waking up, Bond and Honey are invited to dinner with Dr. No.

Arriving for dinner, Bond is intrigued by a large glass wall through which sea fish can be seen hugely magnified and realises that the lair must be deep underwater. Dr. No appears and proudly announces that he designed the 'aquarium' himself, before inviting them to join him at the table. During the meal it is revealed that Dr. No lost his hands in a radiation accident and consequently uses two powerful prosthetic replacements. He also informs Bond of his involvement with an international terrorist group called SPECTRE, for whom he has come to Crab Key to disrupt American rocket launches at the nearby Cape Canaveral. He admits to being impressed that Bond has consistently managed to outwit his attempts to have him assassinated and offers him the opportunity to become a member of SPECTRE, but Bond antagonises him and losing patience, Dr. No orders the guards to torture him and lock him up until he can be properly interrogated.

Having angered Dr. No, Bond is imprisoned in a cell, but escapes through an air vent. He soon finds himself in Dr. No's control room and, disguised as one of his men, he overloads the nuclear reactor that powers the complex, just as the American space craft is about to take off. A hand-to-hand fight ensues between Bond and Dr. No on a descending platform in the heart of the reactor. Bond manages to push Dr. No into the lift that collapses into the reactor's cooling vat and despite trying to save himself, Dr. No is unable to get a grip with his prosthetic hands and disappears under the water. As the whole of Dr. No's complex is in chaos with a full scale evacuation taking place, Bond searches for Honey. He finds her chained to the floor of a loading bay which is flooding with water and manages to release her. They escape in a boat, just as the entire lair explodes.

Bond and Honey float on open water in the boat, which has run out of fuel. Felix Leiter arrives on an American Navy ship and they are thrown a rope to be towed to safety. Bond lets go of the tow rope, setting them adrift once again. He passionately kisses Honey, before they disappear into the depths of the boat.


  • Sean Connery as James Bond: an MI6 agent.
  • Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder (1) Spoken voice by Nikki van der Zyl; (2) Singing voice by Diana Coupland: An independent woman who regularly trespasses onto the island of Crab Key looking for seashells.
  • Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No: A reclusive member of SPECTRE, he is using the island of Crab Key and his brilliance in the field of atomic energy to get revenge on the Western world by disrupting American rocket launches at the nearby Cape Canaveral.
  • Jack Lord as Felix Leiter: A CIA operative sent to liaise with James Bond while he is in Kingston. This is Bond and Leiter's first time meeting one another. Leiter returns for many of Bond's future adventures and in the 2006 reboot of the film series, Leiter and Bond are seen meeting one another again for the first time.
  • Bernard Lee as M: The strict head of British Secret Service. He sends Bond to Kingston to investigate the disappearances of John Strangways and his secretary. This was the first of eleven appearances by Lee in the role throughout the official EON Productions series.
  • Anthony Dawson as Professor R. J. Dent: A metallurgist in Kingston, he is a henchman of Dr. No's who is sent to kill Bond before he can learn more of Strangway's disappearance.
  • Zena Marshall as Miss Taro: The secretary to Mr. Pleydell-Smith at Government House in Kingston secretly working for Dr. No.
  • John Kitzmiller as Quarrel: A local islander who was employed by John Strangways to secretly go to Crab Key to collect rock samples. Quarrel later helps Bond trespass onto Crab Key as well.
  • Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench: Trench first meets Bond from across a Chemin de Fer table at the London club Le Cercle. Later she becomes his girlfriend, reappearing in From Russia with Love; the only cinematic Bond girl appearing more than once.
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny: The secretary to M. This is Maxwell's first of fourteen appearances in the role.
  • Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd (Q):[1] The head of Q-Branch, Boothroyd is brought in by M to replace Bond's Beretta with a Walther PPK. (See also List of James Bond gadgets)
  • Timothy Moxon as John Strangways (voiced by Robert Rietty): Strangways is the head of the Kingston station for the British Secret Service. He is murdered by Dr. No's henchmen, prompting SIS to send Bond. Marguerite LeWars as Dr. No's photographer "Freelance": One of Dr. No's operatives who trails Bond.

Directed by Terence Young Produced by Harry Saltzman Albert R. Broccoli Novel/Story by Ian Fleming Screenplay Richard Maibaum Johanna Harwood Berkely Mather Cinematography by Ted Moore Music by Monty Norman Main theme James Bond Theme Composer Monty Norman Performer John Barry Editing by Peter R. Hunt Distributed by United Artists Released 5 October 1962 (UK) 8 May 1963 (USA) Running time 110 min.



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