in about 100 words or less
UK 110m, Colour
Director: Terence Young; Cast: Sean Connery, Joseph Wiseman, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, John Kitzmiller
Sean Connery is James Bond – a suave secret agent sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent where he discovers the nefarious Dr. Julius No, who is plotting to use his radio beam weapon to disrupt the American Space Program. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, Dr. No defined the “secret agent” genre in film and established the now iconic image and character of James Bond. Its unique opening title sequence, which begins with the view of Bond through a gun barrel to the equally recognizable “James Bond Theme” music, has become one of the most recognizable in cinema history. Likewise, the catch phrase which Connery introduced: “Bond … James Bond” has long since become synonymous with the numerous Bond films that followed (Klaus Ming January 2011).