Todd Russell’s review published on Letterboxd:
Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman produced and directed by Terence Young the first successful James Bond based on Ian Fleming's excellent novel. Am sure nobody had the grand, optimistic visions at the time that it would be even more popular 57+ years later. Ian Fleming only lived to see a small amount of success of the first few Bond films, but his novel popularity skyrocketed toward the end of his life. The casting, the music, the cinematography, set the stage perfectly for a long running franchise.
There was an earlier film (Casino Royale) that attempted to capitalize on James Bond but this is the movie template that would set the standard for the franchise. And for good reason, this has all the components we would come to recognize and know with the series: the exciting action scenes and stunts, the sexy Bond girl as she was known, the tech gadgetry and the overall spy intrigue and espionage.
It is Sean Connery's performance as the suave, dashing, but very sexist by today's standards, James Bond that carries the film along. We get our first look at the 007 spy office with Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) playfully flirting with Bond and M laying out the mission objectives. Q is played by Peter Burton, not longtime supporting actor Desmond Llewelyn. There would be no other actor who did as many Bond films as Lllewelyn.
Ursula Andress plays seductive shell diver Honey Ryder. Fleming would often choose unusual names for the women Bond would seduce during his missions.
Joseph Wiseman plays the villain Dr. No, hiding away on an island in Jamaica. Bond will need help from the locals to find his lair.
Hard to believe this was a low budget film in 1962 with "only" 1.1 million and grossing 60 million. The budget for Bond film #24 comparatively was $250-300 million. Budgeting aside, it's a solid entry in the Sean Connery golden Bond era and a positive place to start if you've never seen a 007 film before. Recommended.