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Dr No (1962) – A 007 Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The first ever Bond film, Dr No starts the soon to be franchise off on a strong note.   It may lack the Aston Martin’s, gadgets and quips of later outings from the worlds favourite super spy but it’s surprising just how ‘Bond’ this film feels.  The cars, the women (including the legendary Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny), the Walter PPK and even the villains… all the pieces are there right from the start.  It may have a smaller scope and more limited action that say a Goldfinger, but watching Connery work for his title of spy feels more satisfying.  And make no mistake about it Connery OWNS the role right from the start – handsome, suave and powerful.  You can see why many still think him the definitive Bond. So almost 60 years on Dr No holds up really well and deserves its status as one of 007’s strongest outings.

Best Bit: Honey Ryder coming out the sea.  Bond’s first iconic moment

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...