Sean Connery’s take in Ian Fleming’s “Dr. No” (1962) is incredibly difficult to watch, not because Connery does an ineffective job at portraying the British secret agent (he is great), but because there are for all accounts no gadgets. The only thing the film has to offer is a man up against an evil ruler and his army.
Director Terence Young is able to do just enough to make it so this is not boring. It is a methodically-paced story that builds tension, as we never really get to see the infamous Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) until toward the end of the movie. The closest we get until then is a bellowing voice overheard talking to one of his minions, Professor Dent, who plants a tarantula in Bond’s room while he is not there. All we know is bad things are happening around the island of Jamaica, and people are dying, including a member of MI6, which is why Bond gets involved in the first place.
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