So, I've decided to watch the James Bond films in order and comment about them. I will be limiting myself to the movies featuring the only two actors that I feel portrayed Bond properly--i.e. Sean Connery and Roger Moore--and ignoring anything else that calls itself a Bond movie (with the possible exception of the 1967 Casino Royale). To begin with, 1962's Dr. No. A quick synopsis courtesy of The James Bond Films:
Dr. No intends to destroy a U.S. moon rocket from his nuclear-powered base on an island near Jamaica.
Now for my thoughts on the movie:
* First appearance of Bond shooting the camera with blood pouring down from the top--No Bond theme until after the shot, and Bond is wearing a fedora. I like fedoras, but Bond just doesn't seem a fedora type of guy.
* I like the danciing silhouettes during the opening titles.
* I love the styling of old cars.
* Silencers made guns really quiet back then.
* Bond and Baccarat...they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or rum and cola.
* Lois Maxwell looks quite lovely as Moneypenny, and her flirtation with Bond seems more playful than his other interactions with women...very likeable.
* Hmm...not sure how close this movie is in time to the Cuban missile crisis, but I know the timing is close.
* I never knew Bond used a Beretta before the Walther.
* No Q...no gadgets either.
* I should like to return to my hotel finding a beautiful woman wearing my pajamas and practicing putting in my room, although I can also see how that would be off-putting as well.
* Jack Lord is supposed to be in Hawaii, not Jamaica.
* The fighting in this movie seems almost to be a parody of itself--however, I'm sure that's more to do with 50 years of similar movies since then.
* The police commissioner in Kingston, Jamaica is a white man...doesn't sound quite right to me. A-Ha! Jamaica had not declared it's indepence from Great Britain in 1962.
* He doesn't say "shaken, not stirred" but that is how he orders his vodka martini.
* Why is the bartender East Indian? Eh, likely the British connection again.
* Lots of product placement for Red Stripe. Hooray Beer!
* I guess rasslin' alligators doesn't quite prepare you for Bond, James Bond.
* Very Marvel comics...the good guys fight, then team up.
* So...all the natives have American accents...
* Disembodied voices are so cool and scary sometimes.
* The way women hunger after Bond is quite funny.
* Backup vodka is always a good idea when you're a superspy.
* You know, if I woke up in the middle of the night and found a huge tarantula on my back, my first instinct would likely be to roll over and attempt to smush it.
* I love how the orchestra is in sync with him smashing the spider with his shoe.
* Ruh-Roh! The pretty eavesdropping secretary is a bad girl!
* And that's what you get for being a bad guy in a big ugly car.
* Bond womanizes...of course, she's likely to be dead by the end of their date.
* He was nice...he only had her arrested.
* Quarrel is a dead man...I know it.
* Ursula Andress...yes, please!
* Oh sure, the old "breathing through a hollow reed underwater" trick.
* Yup, 1962, black guy, red shirt...Quarrel just got it.
* Okay, superspy 101...do not drink or eat anything the enemy offers you.
* With names like Sister Lily and Sister Rose, they'd better be sinister.
* He sends Honey off to be ... mistreated. That's the Bond I'm familiar with.
* Ooohhh, S.P.E.C.T.R.E.!
* Sure, electrify the grating, but don't take away his rubber-soled shoes. Good move.
* A gruesome, but fitting end for Dr. No.
* And of course, Bond is the mack...
Reasonably fun, I suppose, but a very uneven movie. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and key points of the plot make as much sense as the Adam West Batman! series. Still, if you don't take it too seriously, it's not bad.