Review: Dr. No

drno_cov2.jpgYear: 1962
Director:
Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman
Kaboom Review Action Movie Rating: 61

Plot
Special Agent James Bond goes to Jamaica to investigate the
disappearance of a British agent who was working on a missile toppling case.

Quick Review
The cast, acting, drama, and nostalgia factor of Dr. No are sky-high. They overcome the plot weaknesses, the premise-breaking ending, and the Jurassic era action. This movie still makes for a satisfying evening of classic entertainment.

Full Review
The action movie genre has made incredible strides in the 44 years since the release of Dr. No, the first James Bond film. The antique special effects in this movie stand out like a mole on grandpa’s nose, the action scenes are generic, and the one-punch knockouts are reminiscent of spaghetti Westerns. Still, despite its age, Dr. No makes for a good evening’s entertainment. Time does not fade the charisma of the outstanding cast. The story is sufficiently plaudrno1.jpgsible and the pace sufficiently brisk. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun to go back in time and see the original James Bond film.

The cast in this movie shines, and it’s this element more than anything that keeps the movie entertaining after all this time. Sean Connery crackles charisma in his role as James Bond: his wit, toughness, and elegance make Bond larger than life and set the standard for the James Bond icon. Joseph Wiseman does a phenomenal job in his limited role as Dr. No: the dinner scene with Bond and Dr. No is convincing and brilliantly acted. Ursula Andress, as Honey Ryder, has a classically beautiful body and a timelessly beautiful face. With looks like that, she doesn’t have to act well, but even she does a respectably good job in her role at James Bond’s side.

A good cast needs good material to work with, and Dr. No has both a fitting, solid script and a reasonably good story. This is simply a well-constructed movie. Connery does a particularly good job at bringing the wit in the script to life. Pacing and dialog are drno3.jpgcrisp. Little time is wasted. Everything moves the story along.

All is not a yes, however, with Dr. No. Father Time wreaks havoc with the action elements in the movie. The car chase scenes are hilariously dated. Some of the fights are almost slapstick in their absurdity. Furthermore, there is a general lack of action in the movie, and the action that exists is pure vanilla compared to some of the creative wizardry in today’s better movies.

Also—setting aside the movie’s age—there is some glaring clumsiness in the back half of the movie. Without giving away too much, would the genius Dr. ursula_andress_dr-no2.jpgNo really build an island fortress with such a fatal weakness? The ending suffers because of this. And in another scene on Dr. No’s island, Bond’s accomplice, Quarrel, says that he sees something and tells Bond to hurry to take a look. This happens in daylight, presumably the late afternoon. Bond, Quarrel, and Honey then inexplicably walk around for hours until they end up in a swamp at night. Huh? The subsequent night battle in the swamp is another head shaker in terms of stupidity. Bond is supposed to be intelligent.

In the end, though, the cast, acting, drama, and nostalgia factor of Dr. No are sky-high. They overcome the plot weaknesses, the premise-breaking ending, and the Jurassic era action. This movie still makes for a satisfying evening of classic entertainment.

Fun Fact
Sean Connery wears a toupee in all the James Bond movies.

Score
Pace: 62
Plot: 64
Action: 31
Consistent Premise: 53
Script/Quotes: 72
Characters: 95
Acting: 84
Villain: 90
Body Count: 33
Time to First Dead Body: Very Fast
Babes: 78
Hunks: 93
Explosions: 8
Special Effects: 7
Stunts: 16
Ending: 30

Overall: 61 (Recommended)

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  1. From: Mr Bradon Franklin.
    26 Kensington Court,
    England..

    Dear friend,

    I am the above named person but now under going medical treatment in England.

    I worked with Norwich Railway Commission in England for over a decade I married for fifteen years without a child. My husband died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks. I vow to use my wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society. Since the doctor had confirmed my situation that I will not live long I have decided to give out my money to the poor.

    I deposited the sum of £18 Million (Eighteen Million Pounds sterling) in a Vault with a Bank .Presently, this money is still there. Recently,my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next 90 days due to cancer problem.Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.

    I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and above all those affected in the Tsunami in far Asia and the Hurricane Katrina Disasters. I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner I will not like and I also do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision.

    I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty.I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my relatives around me always. I do not want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible.

    As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank . I will also issue them a letter of authority and change of ownership certificate,that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund,through my Lawyer, and the Lawyer will give you my bank account and the document you will use in transfer the funds from the bank to your bank account.I want you to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Whosoever that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his heart and mind and soul and also in truth.

    Please always be prayerful all through your life.Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose.

    Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein.Hoping to hear from you. at my private email (mr_bradfranklin210@yahoo.co.uk)

    Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr Bradon Franklin.

  2. Great, I honestly thought this was an answer to my prayers and almost fell for it. I feel stupid and am embarrassed. I guess no harm done, we are just going to have to live in a tent. Oh well.

  3. DebraW: No need to feel embarrassed or stupid by Mr. Bradon Franklin’s letter. I bet a lot of people get confused by such letters. You did the right thing to do a search and check it out. He sends them all over the place.

  4. This guy is whacked does he or anyone really believe someone will give them that much money for nothing

  5. All it takes is a few people to believe it for him to make quite a bit of cash.

    What often happens if you follow up is that they’ll ask you for bank information, then ask for a few thousand dollars to clear a problem up with the money transfer to you. Then they keep finding reasons to ask you for more money before they’ll release the transfer. Which of course they never release.

    The sad part about this is that it’s often the elderly or the poor who fall for it. These scam artists are trash.

  6. Someone has to do something to change this world i n a better place to live in.
    will a 18 million pounds do that? No.
    But, it is a great idea.
    This letter invites everyone to be a better man.

  7. Look

    Brandon Franklin

    Senior Software Engineer

    Greater Seattle Area

    Current

    * Senior Software Engineer at Confirma, Inc.

    Past

    * Senior Software Engineer at Teranode Corporation
    * User Interface Engineer (contract) at Buyers Edge, LLC
    * Software Engineer and Consultant at Digital Harbor, Inc.

    2 more…
    Education

    * Transylvania University

    Recommended
    Brandon has 8 recommendations 8 people have recommended Brandon
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    Brandon Franklin’s Summary

    I am an inventive and highly experienced Software Engineer, with a flair for finding elegant solutions to problems. I have direct experience in making everything from computer games, to business software, to genetic algorithms and beyond.

    I seek to continue advancing my career towards becoming a Software Architect.
    Brandon Franklin’s Specialties:

    Java, scalable architectures, elegant designs, Artificial Intelligence, XML, Swing/AWT
    Brandon Franklin’s Experience

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    Confirma, Inc.

    (Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry)

    May 2006 — Present (1 year 3 months)

    Help convert a successful breast MR scan analysis system into a platform to allow support for more types of scans. Mentor junior programmers. Work on all aspects of the product to improve scalability, performance, and architecture.

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    BA, Computer Science, Psychology, 1993 — 1997

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  8. Dashmira: I never knew there was a Transylvania University. That’s cool, on so many levels.

    The guy in the original letter signs his letter as “Bradon Franklin” though, which is a bit different than “Brandon Franklin”. There are other differences (work history), too.

    I agree, it might be a neat idea, but I think if you wanted to give 18 million pounds away to make a difference in the world, you’d pick a good organization to manage the money. You wouldn’t just randomly pick someone over the internet.

  9. Dear friend,

    I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in London, England. I worked with British Railway Commission in Norwich for over a decade I married for fifteen years without a child. my wife died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks.I vow to use my wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society. Since the doctor had comfirmed my situation that I will not live long I have decided to give out my money to the poor. I deposited the sum of 18 Million (Eighteen Million Pounds sterling)in a Vault with a Security company.Presently, this money is still there. Recently,my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next 150 days due to cancer problem.Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.
    I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and above all those affected in the Tsunami in far Asia and the Hurricane Katrina Disasters.I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner I will not like and I also do not want a situation where this money will be used
    in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty.I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my relatives around me always. I do not want them to know
    about this development. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue them a letter of authority and change of ownership certificate,that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund,through my Lawyer. I want you to always pray for me. Please assure me that you will act according to my specification herein.

    Hoping to hear from you at my private email: (brandon_franklin07@yahoo.com.hk)
    Thank you and may the Almighty bless you
    Mr Brandon Franklin.

  10. I went to he lawyers page & did a search at the address listed..There is a Lawyers Office located there, but under a different name, so I e-mailed them to show them who is using thier location. Hope it works.
    Aloha

  11. Har! I was gone for a couple of months, but what a surprise to return and find that Brandon has returned in my absence.

    Too bad he still hasn’t found a recipient for all that money, but I’m glad to hear that he’s alive and well. It’s a miracle!

    LeeAnn: Interesting that he’s chosen the address of a law firm. Chance?

  12. God this guy is absolutly hysterical. I decided to google his name when i recieved this letter for the second time. The good news is Mr. Fraklin has certianly exceeded the 150 day deadline since the first letter i recieved from him. May miracles never cease…

    I had some fun with this guy. I emailed him back and forth a few times just because i had some time. He really is mentally ill-what a nut.

  13. this seemed too good to be true, and it was. eighteen million pounds is too much to be a realistic, charitable act-through-email. all he wants is to loot out people’s accounts. not surprising, really.

  14. This Joker is what gives true followers of Christ a bad name. Talk about someone giving a real kiss of Judas!

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