Dr. No
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Terence Young directed this first of a long line of screen adventures with Ian Fleming's unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek style that set the tone for the rest of the popular series. Sean Connery sets the standard by which all future takers must measure themselves as the insouciant and devil-may-care James Bond. The story concerns Bond being sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. During his investigation, he comes into contact with the evil and unscrupulous Chinese scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) who,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All of the elements of the formula are there, but in pleasing moderation."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Of course, it's nonsense -- pure, escapist bunk, with Bond, an elegant fellow, played by Sean Connery, doing everything (and everybody) that an idle day-dreamer might like to do."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The first James Bond cast a relatively unknown actor, Sean Connery, who forever defined 007 as a cool, suave, womanizing agent, adept at delivering witty one liners."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The low-key mystery plot and the resolutely human-sized drama of it all makes this one of the sanest of all Bond pictures."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Capably brings together Caribbean travelogue, Gropius-type architecture, and cardboard computers with "danger level" plaques"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum."
‑ , Variety
"While it may appear tame by the standards of the later productions, it's an entertaining look back in movie history at a project that developed into a worldwide phenomenon."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film geek in me wants to praise it, but the film critic in me wants to expose its flaws. I still have a soft spot for it, but if I'm being truly honest, it's kind of lackluster."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"007's silver screen debut. Not for young kids."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"The Bond series developed a winning formula, and this prototypical adventure featured many elements that stuck...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, ON Magazine
"As memorable as anything in the series."
‑ , Time Out
"About as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplishes the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond's next adventure."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"In the end, it's more gumshoe mystery than action-adventure and, comparative to almost everything that followed, very low-key. But legends must start somewhere, and looking back at its reminders of how Bond wasn't always "Bond" are fascinating."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"It's terrific entertainment, to be sure, but its unevenness keeps up from being a great film."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"...a fine cinematic introduction to the world's most famous secret agent."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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