Dr. No movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS DR. NO A FUN AND FRESH START FOR THE JAMES BOND SERIES?
Although it starts and moves with horrible pacing to begin with, it becomes quite an entertaining and exciting 60s action movie. The original James Bond movie that began it all, Dr. Now, is definitely a cool movie but loses steam as it ages.
James Bond, an ambitious British government agent, discovers and decides to battle against Dr. No, a scientist who plans to disrupt the American space program.
Director: Terence Young
Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Anthony Dawson
Writer: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather
Release Date (Australia): 4 July 1963
Runtime: 110 minutes/1h 50m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains thematic material such as sense of threat, suicide and crime.
The film features violence in the form of shooting, fighting and punching, sometimes accompanied by blood detail.
The film includes infrequent use of the words “hell” and “damn”.
There are mild sexual references throughout the film.
PG (for an unknown reasoning)
Aussie boy's thoughts
This is the movie that began the James Bond series, and it kicks off with a terrible pacing but grows more exciting as the story proceeds. For the 60s, spy-action movies like Dr. No would’ve been fast, extremely exciting and talked about for a long time. No days, they’re old and the pace is slower, especially compared to the more recent Bond sequels.
Admittedly, this movie starts out with an absolutely appalling and horrible pacing. It’s incredibly boring which makes it really difficult to get engaged with the story, not to mention the fact that today’s audiences have probably experienced bigger action movies with faster pacing and improved effects. Sean Connery is an okay James Bond; he’s only just convincing enough and his character is well-formed.
However, it’s definitely worth sticking through because the pacing improves as the events become more intense and exciting. The title, Dr. No, gives James Bond a villain for this movie which also means there’s a lot of really fun 60s action, punches and fights. There’s just too much time taken to settle into the story and that’s really the only thing that brings it down, other than mild flaws that are overtaken.
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