Director: Terence Young
Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee
Plot: James Bond (007) is Britain's top agent and is on an exciting mission, to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with Quarrel and a loyal CIA agent, Felix Leiter. While dodging tarantulas, "fire breathing dragons" and a trio of assassins, known as the three blind mice. Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No.
The movie's line "Bond. James Bond." was voted as the #22 movie quote by the American Film Institute, and as #51 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere.
The studio's Japanese affiliate originally translated the title as "We Don't Want Doctors!"
When Bond enters his apartment at the beginning, and finds Sylvia Trench playing golf, she was originally supposed to be nude, but the censors objected to this.
Honey Ryder emerging from the sea is one of the most iconic scenes in the James Bond franchise, and something that Ursula Andress is famed for to this day.
A sequence involving Honey Rider being tied to the ground and attacked by a swarm of crabs was scrapped because many of the crustaceans arrived frozen, dead and damaged. In the film as shown, water was the threat instead.
Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman used Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) as the template for this film and the subsequent early James Bond films. In fact, the role of James Bond was first offered to Cary Grant.
Sean Connery had to be fitted with a toupee prior to making this film, as he was already losing his hair.
In the novel, Honey is completely naked when Bond first meets her. This was changed because there was no way that the censors would approve it.
Once inside Dr No's base, whilst they are escorted to dine with Dr. No, Honey notices James' hands are sweating. This is possibly the only time in any Bond movie that he openly admits that he's scared. This also helps to remind the audience that he's a real man, and not invincible, and increases the tension.
All the sets and furniture were slightly smaller than they would be in reality, so that Bond would look larger.
Ian Fleming didn't originally like the casting of Sean Connery as James Bond. Bond was English and Connery was Scottish, Bond was upper-class and Connery was working-class, Bond was refined and educated and Connery was too rugged. After seeing the film, Fleming softened and decided that Connery was perfectly cast. In the novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," Bond was revealed to have Scottish ancestry and Bond's girlfriend Tracy Vicenzo was described with Ursula Andress' details. Ironically, in the movie version of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Bond and Tracy are played by George Lazenby and Diana Rigg who do not fit these descriptions.
A Francisco de Goya painting of the Duke of Wellington, stolen in 1961, is found on an easel next to the stairs in Dr. No's dining area, which is why Bond stops to notice it as he passes it while going up the stairs. It was recovered in 1965.
Sean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, which can be seen in one scene in the movie. When this didn't look realistic enough, additional close-up scenes were re-shot with stuntman Bob Simmons. Simmons reported that the tarantula crawling over Bond was the scariest stunt he had ever performed.
Author Ian Fleming wanted his cousin Christopher Lee to play Dr. No. Lee would later appear as Scaramanga in the 007 flick The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Sean Connery won the role of James Bond after producer Albert R. Broccoli attended a screening of Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). He was particularly impressed with the fist fight Connery has with a village bully at the climax of the film. Broccoli later had his wife Dana Broccoli see the film and confirm his sex appeal.
Maurice Binder designed the gun barrel opening at the last minute, by pointing a pinhole camera through a real gun barrel. The actor in the sequence is not Sean Connery, but stuntman Bob Simmons. Connery didn't film the sequence himself until Thunderball (1965).
Julie Christie was almost cast as Honey Ryder, but Albert R. Broccoli reportedly thought her breasts were too small.