Fan Verdict - Dr. No

Each month, a different James Bond film is selected for review, rating and discussion by the largest online community of 007 fans - the Keeping The British End Up forums.

Fans rated the following elements of the movie on a 1-10 scale (10 being best): Bond, Babes, Villains, Humour, Sadism, Snobbery, Action, Locations, Gadgets, Music and 'Tilt' - a rating to account for any qualities not captured in the main categories.

Also up for discussion were the 'best bits' of the movie, including: most 'Bondian' moment, funniest scene, best line, best location, best action sequence, best Bond girl and best overall performance.

Dr. No overall score: 8.5


Above: Cover art for "Dr No" score.

Most 'Bondian' Moment
Winner: James Bond introduces himself to Sylvia Trench with the infamous line "Bond, James Bond" at the casino table.
Honourable mentions: Bond kills Dent in cold blood after the professor's failed assassination attempt.

Funniest Scene
Winner: James Bond quips "No, I'm just looking" when Honey Ryder questions his intentions.
Honourable mentions: In the car with Mr. Jones. Bond drops off the dead driver.

  Rating Results
Category Average Score
Tilt 9.4
Overall 8.5

Best Line
Winner: "Bond. James Bond"
Honourable mentions: "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."

Best Location
Winner: Crab Key.
Honourable mentions: Kingston, Jamaica.

Best Action Sequence
Winner: Bond faces off against Dr No in hand-to-hand combat atop the reactor pool.
Honourable mentions: Bond vs Jones, evading Dr. No's guards on Crab Key.

Best Bond Girl
Winner: Honey Ryder.

Best Overall Performance
Winner: Sean Connery as James Bond.
Honourable mentions: Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No and Anthony Dawson as Dent.

What The Fans Said
Below are selected quotes from reviews by Keeping The British End Up members. Click here to read all the reviews in their entirety.

"All in all, Connery provides as a superior Bond actor, Andress is gorgeous, and Wiseman proves to be a formidable foe. The locations are vibrant, and the plot is smart and simple and stays faithful to Ian Fleming's original novel. This film was a perfect foundation for a series that would last for nearly 50 years, and counting..." -- Mr. Brown

"This Bond knows exactly how to play Baccarat, how to put on a jacket, how to smoke, and how to seduce a lady in style. One of the film's greatest moments is a silent scene when Bond is coming back to his Jamaican apartment and is taking a moment to relax. This moment which shows that Bond is a human too makes it so great to watch him doing his job during the rest of the film." -- w7

"Dr. No is quite a special film. Not only does it set the stage for a a franchise now running almost 50 years, it has most of the key elements in place too. It also has two of the most iconic moments in film history. Not bad for a film which had no predecessors to let people come and look anyway, as all other Bond-films had." -- Commander Ross

"The entire fantastical plot is born out of Bond investigating a simple murder, and the villain's motivation turns out to be largely ego-based. These are classic Bond devices if there ever were any." -- Louis Armstrong

"The moment Connery utters the words, "Bond. James Bond", is the moment Hollywood loses it's virginity. Dr. No is the quintessential Bond film." -- Octopussy

"Whilst the film is extraordinarily good, its successor, From Russia With Love, just outclasses it in every way. On its own, however, it is a fantastic thriller, true to its setting and source material, and above all a fantastic bond film. Its a pity the modern Bond films aren’t more like this." -- thegiantcookie

"It is fair to say that films were not like this in the years preceding it’s 1962 release. Women were not presented as provocatively as Miss Taro draped across a bed wearing only a towel or displayed with such vivacity as Ursula Andress’ Honey Ryder emerging iconically from the sea sporting that multi purpose white bikini. Bond broke new filmic ground and the success of the first few Connery films is largely the reason for the massive popularity of Bond nearly half a century later." -- JamesC

"Dr.No is filled with the intrigue and excitement one comes to expect from any Bond adventure. It leaves you gripping to your seat, your eyes glued to the screen, fascinated throughout. It’s the beginning of the escapism – James Bond, the character every man wants to be and the man women want to be with – and it’s executed in a realistic fashion. " -- FieldsMan

"To this day Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in that white bikini is one of the sexiest images of all time. The chemistry she has with Connery is some of the better that we get in the series. It's another winning combo. " -- benny

"Dr No himself makes a late entrance, but the impact is instant and lasting. Menacing, sadistic and robotic, No is the blueprint for all to come." -- NicNac

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