Then and Now
Community Reflections -
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In this thread, gentle readers, we are going to share our first experience of seeing a Bond movie, be it in the cinema, VHS or DVD, our reactions to it, and our thoughts now.
I look back on the first time I saw each particular Bond film, and my reaction, now.
Like the majority of the classic Bond movies, pre-GoldenEye, I think I watched this one on ITV's “007 Heaven” marathon, which they used to have every year, until the digital revolution started. It was roughly 1997. I was convinced that I didn't like the newer Bond, despite not having seen either GoldenEye or Tomorrow Never Dies!
From the first time I watched Dr No, I loved it. The film had an air of seduction about it, and Sean Connery's performance was simply masterful and magnetic. I didn't have any problems with Dr No's supposed lack of pace. Nor did I find it boring – two common complaints it has faced.
When I started collecting Bond movies on VHS, Dr No and From Russia With Love were the third and fourth ones added to my burgeoning collection. The first two were The World Is Not Enough and A View To A Kill. Strange bedfellows one might say. The World Is Not Enough had just been released on VHS, and in the days of “Buy Bond, Get Bond Free” offers in the supermarket, my mum decided to get both The World Is Not Enough and A View To A Kill. I think the only reason she chose this film – its not the most iconic or memorable – is because she loves Duran Duran. Seeing Dr No again confirmed how much I enjoy this film.
Dr No is so full of iconic scenes. I still get a thrill over “this is Connery's introduction”, or “this is M's first briefing”. Although it’s the first film, the character interactions of Bond, M, and Moneypenny are perfectly judged and realised. One could be watching the third or fourth entry into the series, not the first. Seeing how bloated the series could become, Dr No is remarkably bare and streamlined, and it has been a mainstay in my top ten Bond films ever since.
Give a vote, do you enjoy Dr No "Then" or "Now"!!!
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