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The Birth of James Bond in ‘Dr. No’ (1962)

Dr No.
Dr No.

Title: Dr. No

Release Date: World Premiere on 5th October 1962 at the London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, London

Running Time: 105 minutes

Starring: Sean Connery as Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Plot: In the film, the villainous SPECTRE agent Doctor No attempts to disrupt America’s space program using a device called the ‘Toppling Beam.’ James Bond, played by Sean Connery, is tasked with stopping him.

Bond’s Women:

Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress
Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress
  • Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress
  • Sylvia Trench, played by Eunice Gayson
Sylvia Trench, played by Eunice Gayson
Sylvia Trench, played by Eunice Gayson

Bond’s Enemies:

  • Doctor No, portrayed by Joseph Wiseman
  • Professor Dent, played by Anthony Dawson
  • Miss Taro, played by Zena Marshall
  • The ‘Three Blind Mice’
Who was Miss Taro..?
Who was Miss Taro..?

Bond’s Allies:

  • Felix Leiter, played by Jack Lord
  • Quarrel, played by John Kitzmiller
  • Pleydell-Smith, played by Louis Blaazer
  • ‘M,’ played by Bernard Lee
  • Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell
  • Major Boothroyd (the armorer), played by Peter Burton
Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell
Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell

Bond’s Car: Sunbeam Alpine

Bond’s Gadget: Geiger Counter

Main Title Music: ‘The James Bond Theme’/’Three Blind Mice’ (vocal)

End Title Music: ‘The James Bond Theme’

Music Score: Monty Norman

Production Design: Ken Adam

Art Director: Syd Cain (uncredited)

Main Titles Designer: Maurice Binder

Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkley Mather

Editor: Peter Hunt

Director of Photography: Ted Moore

Director: Terence Young

Terence Young
Terence Young

Producers: Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli

Filming Locations:

  • Pinewood Studios, England
  • Ocho Rios, Jamaica (including Miss Taro’s Home, Dunn’s River Falls, The White River, and Reynolds Bauxite Pier)
  • Trinidad

Budget: $950,000

Worldwide Box Office: $59.5 million

Worldwide Box Office Gross Income (2002 inflation-adjusted): $355 million

“Dr. No” is a classic in the James Bond series and marked the beginning of Sean Connery’s iconic portrayal of the character. The film’s success helped establish the enduring popularity of the James Bond franchise.

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