| Jamaica: British agent Strangways is gunned
down by assassins and a file marked Doctor No is stolen from
his home. Secret Agent James Bond is called away from the
casino where he is wooing Sylvia Trench for a briefing with
his boss, M. On the way in, he flirts with M's secretary Miss
M briefs Bond on Strangways' apparent disappearance and Bond
learns that Strangways was looking into the mystery of why
American space rockets are being sent off course by mysterious
Bond is dispatched to Kingston, Jamaica where he deftly avoids having
his photograph taken by a suspicious looking young woman.He's met
by Jones, a chauffeur from Government House and is watched by CIA
agent Felix Leiter. But Jones is an enemy agent and Bond tries to
interrogate him. The bogus chauffeur commits suicide by biting on
a cyanide capsule hidden in a cigarette.
Bond meets with local governor Pleydell-Smith,
metallurgist Professor Dent and General Potter who regularly
played cards with the missing Strangways. He learns of Strangways'
recently acquired passion for big game fishing and that
Strangways had hired his boat from a local named Quarrel.
Bond tracks down Quarrel who proves uncooperative and sets
burly barman Puss-Feller onto the inquisitive British agent.
But Bond outsmarts them and almost gets away when he's caught
by Leiter - it turns out that Quarrel and Puss-Feller both
work for the CIA.
Leiter and Quarrel fill Bond in on the background to the case, particularly
that the interference that is supposedly causing the rocket accidents
seems to emanate locally. Leiter also tells Bond about the island
of Crab Key and its mysterious owner - an overflight of the area
revealed nothing there but a mine, yet Quarrel admits to being terrified
of the place and local fisherman won't go there now after some of
the disappeared. Strangways had collected some rock samples from
the island but Quarrel can't explain why he wanted them. Leiter
then tells Bond the name of the island's Chinese owner - Doctor
No. Leaving Puss-Feller's Bond narrowly avoids an attempt on his
life by the same assassins who murdered Strangways.
The Following day, Dent reveals that Strangways had brought some
rocks to him insisting that they were valuable but they turned out
to be worthless iron ore. Dent insists that the rocks couldn't have
come from Crab Key as Bond suggests as that would be "geologically
impossible." But Dent is up to no good and is soon on Crab Key being
given a dressing down by a disembodied voice in a large, stark room.
Dent's warns that Bond suspects that the rock samples came from
the island and could be on his way to investigate. The voice directs
Dent to take a small glass case containing a tarantula and simply
tells him: "Tonight..."
| That night, Bond turns in early but is disturbed by something
moving beneath his bed sheets - the tarantula is crawling
up his arm, getting closer and closer to his face. When the
spider crawls onto his pillow, Bond leaps out of bed and batters
the creature to death with his shoe.
Next day, Bond catches Pleydell-Smith's secretary, Miss Taro,
eavesdropping on his conversation and, never one to turn down
a golden opportunity, arranges a date. He meets with Quarrel
and Leiter and shows them the contents of a parcel recently
arrived from London - a bulky Geiger counter which registers
wildly when Bond waves it over the spot on Quarrel's boat
where Strangways placed the rocks from Crab Key.
Bond wants Quarrel to take him to Crab Key, but the fisherman is
terrified of a supposed dragon that lives there. Leiter assures
Bond that it's just a rumour circulated by No. Quarrel eventually
- and reluctantly - agrees to accompany Bond and Leiter to the island
later that day.
Miss Taro arranges to meet Bond at her apartment in the mountains.
En route, Bond is menaced by the assassins who pursue him in a hearse.
Bond escapes under a crane parked in the road as the pursuing hearse
plummets over a cliff and explodes.
Taro is startled to find Bond on her doorstep and later takes a
call from someone who wants her to keep him there for a couple of
hours. Bond, naturally, finds the perfect way to kill the time then
sets Taro up to be arrested by the local police superintendent!
He stays in Taro's house until her mystery contact arrives - Dent.
The professor fires several shots into the bed in which Bond has
arranged some pillows so as to make it appear as though he is sleeping
there. Bond takes Dent captive and when he tries to escape, Bond
cold-bloodedly guns him down.
Later that day, Bond, Quarrel and Leiter set off in Quarrel's boat
for Crab Key. Bond sends Leiter back to the main island and presses
on aboard a smaller sailing dinghy with Quarrel, finally coming
ashore in an isolated cove where they decide to rest for a while.
As day breaks, Bond is woken by the sound
of a woman singing and is startled to see an attractive
blonde emerging from the sea in a very brief bikini. The
woman, Honey Ryder, is searching for shells to sell to the
tourists and Bond realises that if she used the sail on
her dinghy all the way to the shore, the local radar will
have picked it up.
Bond, Quarrel and Ryder are forced to take cover when a
power boat cruises into the cove. The crew of the boat open
fire with a machine gun trying to flush the intruders out
but leave when they are unable to find them.
Ryder tells Bond that she's seen the island's legendary dragon
and both she and Quarrel want to leave. Bond persuades them that
the 'dragon' is nothing but a myth but are soon startled by approaching
guards. Ryder leads them to a hiding place , but the guards catch
up with them and they are forced to hide in a leech-infested lagoon
using bamboo stalks as breathing apparatus. Escaping their pursuers,
they press on, unaware of a sign reading "Danger."
Bond tells Ryder that he's come to help arrest Dr No and she in
turn reveals that her father, a marine biologist, vanished while
exploring around Crab Key. Quarrel suddenly announces that the 'dragon'
is approaching. Bond investigates and, as night falls, is indeed
confronted by something that appears to be 'breathing' fire. But
Bond recognises it as a machine of some sort and shoots it in the
'eye', in fact a headlight. Quarrel is burnt to death by the flame-thrower
and Bond and Ryder are captured by the vehicle's drivers, two men
in strange anti-radiation suits.
Bond and Ryder are taken to a vast base hidden in the mine where
they are stripped naked ("Do the girl first," insists Bond) and
forced to shower until they are clean and free from radioactive
debris that apparently litters the island. They are shown to their
'cell', a luxurious hotel suite where Bond insist that they eat
and drink the breakfast provided, much to Ryder's amazement.
| Ryder suddenly passes out and Bond realises, just before
he too collapses, that their coffee has been drugged. As they
sleep, they are visited by a mysterious figure with black
gloves whose simply looks at Bond. When they come round, they
dress for dinner and finally get to meet Doctor No, an dapper
Oriental who wears black gloves...
Over dinner, No reveals that he was once the head of a powerful
Chinese Tong and escaped to America with $10 million of their
gold, allowing him to finance his spectacular base and its
nuclear power source.
Bond tries to call No's bluff and tells him that he has filed a
full report on him, but No is having none of it. Bond then tries
to secure Ryder's freedom and No agrees, having her taken away by
the guards who he is sure "will amuse her." Realising that he may
have doomed Ryder to a fate worse than death, Bond tries to attack
No but is subdued.
Bond wants to know what No is up to and the Doctor happily obliges.
He is working for a global criminal organisation called SPECTRE
(Special Executive for Counter-Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion)
and is sending US missiles off course in a bid for world domination,
playing east against west in revenge for their refusal to recognise
his genius. To show his physical strength, he crushes a metal statue
with his prosthetic hands.
No prepares to sabotage another rocket launch and Bond is given
a brutal beating by the Doctor's henchmen. When he comes to, he
is lying on a bunk in a small, metal cell. An attempt to escape
through a grille is initially thwarted by a massive electric shock,
but Bond uses the rubber sole of his shoe to protect himself, smashes
down the grille and gains entrance to an eerie network of air ducts.
The ducts (some of which are red hot. others flooded with water)
eventually lead Bond to the decontamination area where he is able
to overpower a worker and steal his anti-radiation suit.
Bond makes his way to the nerve centre of
No's operations, a vast control room where technicians are
monitoring television broadcasts s from Cape Canaveral.
Bond is mistaken for a technician known to No and is sent
to work on the device controlling No's nuclear reactor.
As No and his scientists prepare to "topple" another rocket
using a special radio beam, Bond forces the reactor core
to overload. A fight breaks out as Bond tries to escape
and No tries to shut down the out-of-control reactor.
Bond and No engage in hand-to-hand combat, No trying to batter Bond
to death with the metal hands he's had implanted to replace his
own lost in accident. But Bond gets the better of him and throws
him into the reactor's coolant tank. As the core gradually inches
closer to critical mass, a battered and bruised Bond frantically
searches for Ryder, eventually finding her strapped to a rock in
an underground cave awaiting death by drowning as sluice gates are
opened. Together they flee the area as the island descends into
chaos. Bond commandeers a motor boat and they manage to escape just
as No's base spectacularly self-destructs.
Some time later, the fuel has run out and the boat is drifting out
of control. When Leiter and his men find them, it's obvious that
Bond and Ryder have found a perfectly acceptable way of passing
their time at sea. In fact Bond is enjoying himself so much that
he deliberately lets slip the tow rope from Leiter's boat, again
leaving he and Ryder with plenty of time to be alone...