Dr No (1958)
||31st March 1958
||Doctor Julius No, various Chigroes
||Toppling of American missiles by radio signals for
||Jamaica; London, UK; Crab Key Island
||Hotel room attack by a centipede, dinner with Dr No,
James Bond is sent on an easy assignment to Jamaica, to tidy
up a minor mystery surrounding Dr No and his island, Crab
Key. Once there he meets the alluring Honeychile Rider, uncovers
a maniacal plot, and has to fight for their lives as the island
unleashes its darkest threats.
Above: 1st edition Jonathan Cape hardback (UK). Artwork
by Pat Marriott.
Official Blurb (Penguin 2002 Edition)
Dr No, a sinister recluse with mechanical pincers for hands
and a sadistic fascination with pain, holds James Bond firmly
in his steely grasp. bond and Honey Rider, his beautiful and vulnerable
girl Friday, have been captured trespassing on Dr No's secluded
Caribbean island. Intent on protecting his clandestine operations
from the British secret service, Dr No sees an opportunity to
dispose of an enemy and further his diabolical research. Soon,
Bond and Rider are fighting for their lives in a murderous game
of Dr No's choosing...
Official Blurb (Penguin 2004 Edition)
A British Secret Service agent and his secretary have gone
missing from their base in Kingston. M thinks this will be an
easy case for 007, still recovering from his near fatal encounter
with a Russian agent. Arriving in Jamaica to investigate, Bond
learns that the reclusive Dr Julius No may be behind their disappearance.
And when Bond and the exotic Honeychile Rider are caught trespassing
on Dr No’s secluded island, they discover he has diabolical
plans afoot that could threaten international security …
In Dr No, Fleming created one of his greatest villains –
a megalomaniac with a sadistic fascination with pain, against
whom Bond must fight for his life in a murderous game of his adversary’s
- Hear You Loud and Clear
- Choice of Weapons
- Holiday Task
- Reception Committee
- Facts and Figures
- The Finger on the trigger
- Night Passage
- The Elegant Venus
- Close Shaves
- Dragon Spoor
- Amidst the Alien Cane
- The Thing
- Mink-Lined Prison
- Come Into My Parlour
- Pandora's Box
- Horizons of agony
- The Long Scream
- Killing Ground
- A Shower of Death
Above: British Pan paperback 1st-3rd editions (1960
"You are right, Mister Bond. That is just what I am,
a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed
by a mania which drives them forwards towards their goal. The
great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all
Above: British Pan
paperback 4th edition (1961); American Signet paperback
7th-20th editions (1962 onwards); British
Pan paperback 21st edition (1970)
Doctor No’s plot starts off where From Russia With Love
left off. Bond is recovering after his poisoning by Rosa Klebb,
and M sends him on a supposedly cushy assignment to investigate
the disappearance of Strangways, the Head of Station in Jamaica.
M suspects that Strangways ran off with his secretary, but we
know better, because Strangways was killed in the powerful opening
pages of the book. Bond, who knew Strangways quite well, also
has suspicions about M’s theory, and these seem well-founded
when there are several attempts to kill him by poisoning his fruit,
sending a deadly centipede into his room, and forcing his car
off the road.
The obvious suspect is Dr Julius No, a local merchant in the
expensive Guano bird dung, in whose island there have recently
been several mysterious deaths. Bond and his friend Quarrel sail
to his island, Crab Key, in secret, and meet Honeychile Rider.
But Quarrel is killed by a tank disguised as a dragon, and Bond
is captured along with Honey. Bond takes a fancy to Honey, but
is called to a meeting with Dr No in the plush underground complex.
It turns out that No is using radio technology to topple American
missiles for the Soviets. To kill Bond, Dr No has devised a sadistic
assault course to test the limits of human endurance. But Bond
survives it, and its climactic combat with a giant squid. 007
kills Dr No by using a crane to suffocate him with his bird dung.
Bond then rescues Honey, who had been left to be killed by a crab
"Bond looked across into M’s eyes. For the first
time in his life he hated the man. He knew perfectly well
why M was being tough and mean. It was deferred punishment
for having nearly got killed on his last job. . . In a way
Bond felt sure he was being sent on this cushy assignment
to humiliate him. The old bastard."
"Forgive me for not shaking hands with you,' the deep
voice was flat and even. 'I am unable to.' Slowly the sleeves
parted and opened. 'I have no hands."
"He lowered his voice. 'Now, about this evening. Just
leave the talking to me. Be natural and don't be worried
by Doctor No. He may be a bit mad."
"He got up and went down on one knee beside her. He
picked up her hand and looked into it. At the base of the
thumb the Mount of venus swelled luxuriously. Bond bent
his head down into the warm soft hand and bit softly into
the swelling. He felt the other hand in his hair. he bit
harder. The hand he was holding curled round his mouth.
She was panting. He still bit harder. She gave a little
scream and wrenched his head away by the hair.
'What are you doing?"
"Bond lit his first cigarette of the day - the first
Royal Blend he had smoked for five years - and let the smoke
come out between his teeth in a luxurious hiss."
Above: British Pan paperback 23rd-26th
editions (1973 onwards)
Above: British Pan
paperback 9th-15th editions (1963 onwards); British Coronet
paperback 9th edition (1988); British Penguin paperback
"Fleming, by reason of his cool analytical intelligence, his informed
use of technical facts, his plausibility, sense of pace,
brilliant descriptive powers and superb imagination, provides
From the archaic racial sensibilities (beyond the representation
of Dr. No as a Yellow Menace, his evil henchmen are referred
to as Chigroes--half Chinese, half black); to the somewhat
shaky Bond, with his physical dependence on Quarrel and
his eventual emotional dependence on Honey; to the decidedly
low tech finale; the book is a delight. It's most interesting
historical aspect may be the simple assurance which it reflects
that the West represented a righteous bulwark against totalitarian
- Brothers Judd
"Doctor No has all the action, drama, and romance
that has kept Fleming's books in the limelight for nearly
half a century, all told in Fleming's droll, understated
- April Chase, Curled Up
Above: Penguin USA paperback 1st edition