Rewatched Jul 04, 2012
Matt "Cinebro" Conti’s review:
Well, everyone else is doing it, might as well go at it myself.
Countdown to Bond!
I'm a massive Bond fan, and yet, I must admit, I'm not as fond of Dr. No as other people are. The low budget nature of the film shows, and if the film had not been as successful as it was (which is all due to Connery's performance as Bond), the Bond franchise would never have been and it would have been lost among a sea of other spy films.
Don't get me wrong. It has the basics of the formula down. Good villain, decent story, and overall some nice action. But I can't help but feel that every time I watch this, it's kind of unremarkable really, especially in the face of what the franchise would become.
Bond essentials reviews:
Bond: Connery gives a good debut. It's only going to get better.
Bond girls: Honey Ryder is HOT, but she doesn't get to do much.
Villain: He ain't no Auric Goldfinger, but this time around I liked Julius No a lot more. There's a man who is desperate to be in control and is convinced of his own superiority. Naturally it's his own downfall, like a Bond villain deserves.
The Theme: There isn't one, but there's the recurring motif of "Underneath the Mango Tree" that plays throughout.
Main Titles: Establishes the tone and are well designed, but don't do much.
Gadgets: None here either. Bond does get a new gun, only to give it away.