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Dr. No

  • Rated PG
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action & adventure

In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 (Sean Connery) battles the mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

007's silver screen debut with action and bikinis.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. No is the first James Bond 007 movie, from 1962. It contains fighting, shooting, and killing, with a little blood shown. It's relatively tame today, but was arguably among the more violent movies made in 1962. Though Bond is a hero, striving to solve problems and protect the world from evil, his methods are questionable. He has a "license to kill," he seduces several women (no nudity shown), drinks, smokes cigarettes, gambles, and generally bosses people around. Despite all this, he projects an image of cool confidence, and he has fascinated generations of action movie fans. Since the series is still ongoing 50 years later, teens will be interested in going back to see earlier entries.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what qualities of James Bond one might want to emulate. What makes people think James Bond is cool? What is different about the world in which he lives in than our world?
  • How are women portrayed in this movie? Can you think of any movies that treat men in the same eye candy way? Who is this movie intended for and how can you tell?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Of course, it's nonsense -- pure, escapist bunk, with Bond, an elegant fellow, played by Sean Connery, doing everything (and everybody) that an idle day-dreamer might like to do.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Monday, May 9, 2005


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: All of the elements of the formula are there, but in pleasing moderation.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Monday, October 13, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Minnows pretending they're whales. Just like you on this island, Dr. No." The foundations for the later Bond films are all here in Dr. No. Beautiful, dangerous women, car chases, exotic locations, and a suave James Bond who deftly maneuvers through it all with a cool head and an expensive suit. Dr. No has a slower pace than modern Bond movies, but that just allows for more time to salivate over the gorgeous Honey Rider once she is introduced. The finale in the island base reminded me so much of an Austin Powers movie, which goes to show what a good job that series did in spoofing the early Bond movies. Classic Bond can be quite an adjustment, if you were weaned on the more exciting and technologically advanced Brosnan movies like I was. However, if you watch Dr. No with an open mind, you will find it too has much of what makes the later movies appealing.

- lewiskendell, Thursday, July 8, 2010

5 stars

The first James Bond is a terrific start to an incredible series of action thrillers. Here Sean Connery brings Ian Fleming's character to life. Dr No. in a thrilling, action packed film with terrific acting. And as I have read every James Bond work by Fleming, I found that the film respected the book very well. Bernard Lee is great in the role of M and Ursula Andress is terrific as the first Bond girl ever to grace the screen. For me, she remains one of the most beautiful women of the Sean Connery era of Bond films. Dr No was the start of something great, and it's grandiose plot and locations proves it.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Monday, June 28, 2010

4 stars

Dr.No truly the Best of James Bond. Sean Connery in his youth.

- ScoopOnline, Monday, December 7, 2009