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Dr. No

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Dr. No

Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
Director: Terence Young
Rated: PG
RunTime: 111 Minutes
Release Date: May 1963
Genres: 007, Action, Suspense

*Also starring: Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell

Review by Andrew Hicks
2½ stars out of 4

OH NO would be a more suitable title for this one. It's the first James Bond movie, but it hardly ranks as one of the best. Sean Connery is entertaining as usual as 007, but the movie itself lags. The action and death trap scenes are barely thrilling. Besides that, the plot is never actually explained. We know Dr. No has his underwater hideout beneath an island, but what's it there for? What nuclear device is he about to launch at the end of the movie, and at what target? It wouldn't hurt to let the audience in on these things.

Bond is off to Jamaica in DR. NO (and, if you've never heard someone with an English accent say, "Hey mon!" you're a mighty deprived person) to find out what happened to a missing fellow agent. Along the way, he wakes up to find a tarantula in his bed (It's sad when you're so drunk you don't know who you're going home with.) and trespasses on No's island, where he finds a beautiful woman (Ursula Andress) gathering seashells. He also finds a few Jamaicans opening machine gun fire on him. You have to take the good with the bad... Sorry, I've been working on the side as a fortune cookie writer lately. My favorite message to people who have just finished eating Chinese food: "Your sweet and sour pork was infected with E. Coli bacteria."

DR. NO is worth watching just because it was the movie that started off the seemingly endless set of sequels. It's one of the weakest Connery vehicles (with YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE taking the cake), though, and has much more dialogue than action. You know a James Bond movie moves slowly when Bond only nails two women in the entire movie. Promiscuity is the all-encompassing gauge of success... Another one of my cookie fortunes. I apologize.

Copyright 1996 Andrew Hicks

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