Dr. No
Dr. No (1962)

James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and a scheme to end the US space program.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 5, 1962
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

All of the elements of the formula are there, but in pleasing moderation.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

Of course, it's dated -- a Sunbean Alpine isn't exactly cutting edge transport -- but the elegant playboy spy with just a whiff of danger was clearly here to stay.

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Variety Staff

An entertaining piece of tongue-in-cheek action hokum.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The James Bond series started in great style with this cleverly conceived dose of sheer escapism that, unlike later episodes, remained true to the essence of Ian Fleming's super-spy novels.

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Time Out

As memorable as anything in the series.

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W. Ward Marsh
Cleveland Plain Dealer

It reads like a serial and plays the same way, quite as if it were several chapters of genuine cliff-hanger compressed into one feature picture. The action is there, as rapid as the movement of a flapping window blind in a hurricane.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

About as perfect a franchise-starter as you could imagine and certainly accomplishes the task of leaving you eagerly anticipating Bond's next adventure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
An extremely solid piece of entertainment that marked the beginning of the longest-running spy movie franchise of all time. Boasts a great debut performance by… More
Stephen M
Although rough around the edges, many of the hallmarks of the series are present and correct in the very first film. Connery's Bond has a ruthlessness… More
KJ Proulx
The bond film to start all bond films. "Dr. No" is the type of spy film that you just cannot dislike, because the cleverness will cloud any doubt.… More
Kase Vollebregt
A fun beginning to one of the greatest film franchises ever, even if it doesn't seem to have aged well. Connery is obviously great as Bond and Andress… More
Kevin M. Williams
An Englishman let loose amongst the filthy, ignorant natives, these present of Jamaica, teaching them the right way of class and order. Connery is a fav to Bond… More
Chris Weber
Released in 1962, and starring Sean Connery in the role that made him an icon, this is the (cinematic) debut of Ian Flemming's renowned British superspy… More