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A perfect 'holiday' film - as the whole film takes place in hot and gorgeous Jamaican locations. Very brisk pace for the the first half until Bond arrives on Crab Key. Connery owns the role from his very first scene - he creates and sells the role with his first line alone ('Bond. James Bond.') I do not like the soundtrack at all - apart from the Bond theme and the songs (Jump Up and Underneath the Mango Tree). Not a single scene or line of dialogue feels out of place, everything flows so well.I cannot put enough importance on Sean Connery, he lights up the screen with huge screen presence, machismo, charisma and sense of danger.
But hey, DN is one of those films I could watch standing on my head, the film running backwards, dubbed in Chinese and I still would enjoy it tremendously.
So I'll watch it again in 6 hours, 22:00 Zurich time and then give my overall thoughts on it.
I can tell you so far that it features a Dr. named No.
I'm going to go ahead and assume you don't own the Brosnan films. Which others are you missing?
There is a beautiful box set of the Brosnan films or you can have them separately.
I appreciate the offer, but no thanks. :-j
DVD original US releases up to TWINE
DVD 40th Anniversary silver suitcase up to DAD
Blu-ray Bond 50 Box up to SF
Blu-ray single disc CR to SF
Blu-ray new US 2015 single disc versions up to SF
Blu-ray STEELBOOKS (11 films plus 5 additional)
Blu-ray 2015 The James Bond Collection up to SF
iTunes Extra versions of all 24 films
NSNA on Blu-ray and iTunes.
Blu-ray Actor boxes for Connery, Moore (2 boxes), Dalton, Brosnan, Craig.
Call me crazy, I call it devotion.
But do you watch them all, or do you keep them for cover artwork, extras perhaps?
I've never had a problem with it. I love seeing Bond navigate his way through the tunnel of hell, and doing battle with Dr. No/attempting to rescue Honey amidst the chaos of everyone trying to escape. I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't have enjoyed seeing Bond fight the giant squid from the novel, either.
Before I give my initial reaction to Dr. No, I'll share a picture of the set up I'm using to watch the films. Nothing fancy, just a Samsung UltraHD TV connected with PS4 in order to watch Blu-Rays. No sound bar as I had to sacrifice that when moving into my uni accommodation (been here 4 weeks now- interesting tidbit; one of the roads Miss Taro directs Bond to take when getting to her house has the same name as my accommodation's road- Wentworth Road!).
Initial reaction to Dr. No:
I want to love it more than I do, but I just can't get into it as much as some people. Don't get me wrong, I love the plethora of classic scenes in this film, Connery's uber cool performance, great villains and locations, but I ultimately find myself enjoying other entries more. Still, it was a pleasant way to pass two hours between my lectures today.
I dislike using them, but an emjoi is what you are going to get @MayDayDiVicenzo!
Off to watch the DN. I'll see you chaps back here in a little under 2 hours.
Magnetic. Malevolent. Predatory. Outstanding.
There is only three films that top Dr. No after 54 years of Bondian adventures. And that is From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Casino Royale. And that is one hell of a statement for this marvellous film.
Norman Wanstall said that the crew erupted into spontaneous applause after seeing Ken Adam’s masterful circular room set, in which Dent picks up the spider, in the rushes: sheer artistry.
Next, we have some of the best scenes in the history of Bond in this film. In fact, I'd argue few films have as many iconic scenes in them as DN. The introduction of Bond, the shooting of Dent, the introduction of Honey, the dinner scene with No, ... I can't think of any scene from another Bond that would replace any of these in their respective departments.
Furthermore, DN bears that early 60s "Technicolor" charm which, from the POV of nostalgia, is an added bonus for the older Bond films. Sure, there's some old fashioned visual trickery involved, like when Bond is frantically driving away from a movie screen, but it would be most unfair to hold that against a 1962 film made for one million dollars.
DN's exotic feel has a powerful attraction on me. Jamaica's looking so darn great in the film! Perhaps that's one of the reasons I sometimes prefer it over FRWL. Istanbul is just not a place I fancy visiting, whereas the (non-existing?) Jamaica from DN hits my sweet spots.
The story is simple enough but is that a bad thing? Surely it isn't. What matters is what DN does with it. By comparison, TWINE's story is deliberately complicated and AVTAK's story anything but coherent. DN at least takes us from point A to point B to point C in a logical manner, connecting the dots as it does so, not worrying about keeping things light and simple, merely trying to make sense and give us a cool Bond adventure.
I too, when much younger, had some obvious biases to overcome when watching that relatively old movie called DN. But I fell in love with the movie eventually and now, as I have just watched it for the - what? - 40th? 50th? time, I can honestly say, it still works the magic for me. I love DN.