Dr. No

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“My best since Citizen Kane.”
~ Orson Welles on Dr. No

“Underneath the mango tree, me honey and me, can watch for the moon...”
~ Oscar Wilde on Dr. No
“I think they were on their way to a baseball game.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Dr. No

“Dr. No? No, no, no.”
~ Noel Coward on Dr. No
Dr. No
Dr.No poster
Directed by Orson Welles
Written by Orson Welles
Starring Sean Connery
Douglas Rain
and
Christopher Lee
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Orson Welles
Distributed by United Artists
Release date 1962
Runtime 127 min.
Language English
Budget $5000
Preceded by none
Succeeded by From Russia with Love (1963)
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Dr. No is a 1962 film, the very first in the James Bond film series. It was directed by Orson Welles, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Orson Welles, and starred Sean Connery, Douglas Rain, Michael Keaton and Christopher Lee.

edit Production

For some years, author Ian Fleming had attempted to get film producers to make his books into films; all, however, had balked over the lurid material found in Fleming's novels.

Finally, in 1961, whilst Fleming was vacationing on his Croatian estate, Zlatan'Oko, film director Orson Welles stumbled upon the author after attempting to flee from the police due to his illegal use of public property for his production of Franz Kafka's The Trial. Fleming, intrigued by Welles' apparent lawlessness, offered him a deal to film one of his books. After a night's skimming through of the 10 then-released books, Welles agreed to film the sixth book, Dr. No. The director then called up old chum Albert R. Broccoli and offered him a co-producing credit alongside Welles.

With the production team settled, Welles set about to creating a script, and, within six days and after having gone through some 30 bottles of cheap Croatian beer, the screenplay was completed.

Now, for the tricky part: Casting. Noted horror film actor Christopher Lee was a shoe-in for the title role of Dr. No, but finding the villainous doctor's minions was more tricky. After a trans-continental search for the perfect actor to play Professor Dent, Welles happened upon a production of The Merchant of Venice and saw Canadian stage actor Douglas Rain performing Shylock; backstage after the show, the director surprised Rain in his dressing room and offered him the role of Dent then and there.

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The army of penguins with rockets strapped to their backs in a key scene from 1962's Dr. No.

Finding the perfect gentleman to play James Bond was even trickier: After five hours straight of attempting to convice Cary Grant to participate in the film, Broccoli and Welles were trudging back to their vehicle when their paths were crossed by a balding young gardener with a thick Scottish accent. For no reason at all, Welles offered him a contract, and the gardener agreed, taking on the role the producers had been hoping to fill. The gardener's name was Sean Connery.

Filming began on April 22, 1962 on Fleming's estate with the fistfight between Bond and the SPECTRE driver. As production dragged on, however, Douglas Rain became increasingly anxious at the pace, and requested some time to rethink the role; at this, Fleming, in a fit of outrage, wrote Rain out of the script by killing off the character of Professor Dent (who was originally meant to survive the film and become the lead villain for the planned sequel, The Spy Who Loved Me). Welles managed to coax Rain back for the subsequent film, From Russia with Love, but the damage was done: Fleming's pre-written scripts (aside from Thunderball) were scrapped, and the author's reputation would be forever tarnished by this act of malice.

edit Plot

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Patrick Stewart playing Dr. No, before he went bald.

A bunch of gentlemen are playing poker in the EXCLUSIVE 60's CLUB, when one of them suddenly gets a phone call to an 'urgent meeting'. As he walks out of the club, he meets three blind dudes, who beg for some small change. Being a generous man that he is, he hands them a few cents, and.....nothing happens! As he gets into his car, however, he discovers that the three blind dudes are not blind and shoot him (WITH SUPPRESSED WEAPONS!), and loaded his body into a convenient hearse for obviously a proper burial.

Meanwhile, a radio station manager who's busy spreading pro-Liberal propaganda through his channel, is shot and killed, and his station is burnt to the ground.

Somewhere, just a few miles from the crime scene, a guy named James Bond (character) has just potted a poker game. The hot chick whom he defeated wants to go out on a date with him. However, just as he's about to take her to his bedroom instead, he too receives a phone call to an 'urgent meeting'. He ignores the call and has sex with her anyway.

The next day, he receives the same phone call again with his angry controller M adding that the future of the world depends on the 'urgent meeting'. Once he meets M at the decided location, he's informed about the two mysterious murders, and how they may be connected to each other. When probed further, M reveals that there is a Govt sponsored project to launch a new gaming supercomputer, which would revolutionize the gaming industry and provide millions in dollars in revenue to the Liberal Democrats, who's election campaign itself was largely funded by illicit donations from gaming companies. While the radio station manager was well-known for spreading liberal propaganda, the gentleman's revealed to be Mr Bronxworth, a gaming mogul and a key financier to the project.

James decides to interrogate the people

edit Reception

The film was a box-office success, earning more than $36,000,000. The film was also successful with the critics. It was the most successful low budget movie of 1962.

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