Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman)
Actor: Joseph Wiseman
Character: Dr. Julius No
Movie: Dr. No
Date of Birth: 15 May 1918
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Distinguishing Feature: Steel hands
Organisations & Alliances: SPECTRE, Professor
Son of German a solider and a young Chinese girl, Dr. Julius
No grew to be one of the most brilliant masterminds of the
20th century. Fascinated by science and technology Dr. No
became a nuclear physicist. In the process of his experimental
work with radioactive materials he lost the use of both
hands in a freak accident. His hands were amputated and
replaced by robotic pincer-like hands, capable of crushing
metal. Dr. No is tall and slim and holds a domineering and
sinister figure among his employees.
“East, West, just
points of the compass, each as stupid as the other. I'm a member
When both Eastern and Western superpowers turned down the services
of this mastermind, Dr. No pledged his work to the villainous
organisation SPECTRE. From his remote Jamaican island, Dr. No
set about destroying the newly launched US space programme
sabotaging the space rockets via radio transmissions.
I've Been Expecting You
“One million dollars, Mr. Bond. You were wondering what
Bond is captured
when investigating Dr. No’s island lair. But instead of
torture and death, Bond is invited to dinner. Bond is admiring
the large glass wall in Dr. No’s dining room when the first
of a long line of the Bond villains is revealed. Dr No had previously
gazed over Bond and Honey Rider after they had been drugged in
his mink-lined prison.
Dr No’s lair is buried deep in the jungles of Crab
Key – an island off the coast of Jamaica. The lair
doubles for Dr. No’s living quarters, his research
labs and the radio control room, from where this mastermind
launches his attacks.
His living quarters are buried deep
under the sea. The feature wall of his dining room is made
entirely of glass and peers into the sea. His living
room is scattered with prize possessions – most of
which were stolen.
Gadgets & Vehicles
A fire-breathing dragon
guards Dr. No’s lair… or so the local legend goes.
In fact, by night Dr. No’s men drive a large rumbling tractor
fitted out with a flamethrower through the jungles of Crab Key,
frightening away any trespassers
Dr. No is always seen to be clean and formal, preferring a modern
oriental style cream suit and black boots.
Goodbye, Mr Bond
“Unfortunately I misjudged you, you are just a stupid
police man... whose luck has run out.”
Bond’s dinner is cut short
by the launch of the next US space rocket. These are the Doctor’s
final words to 007 before the climatic battle where Bond wrestles
Dr. No into a radioactive pool.
Joseph Wiseman was born in Montreal, Canada in 1918. Undoubtedly
Wiseman is most recognised as 007’s very first
arch enemy, Dr. No, yet Wiseman has been acting since
A master of theatre and film alike Wiseman
has performed on Broadway in Shakespeare’s “King
Lear”, Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" and
Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya.
On screen Wiseman has acted opposite Marlon
Brando in “Viva Zapata!” and with Burt Lancaster
in “The Unforgiven”.
Fans may also see Wiseman in pulp classics
such as “MacGyver”,
“L.A. Law” or “Law & Order”.