Dr. No (film)

Terence Young directed the 1962 spy film Dr. No. It is based on Ian Fleming’s 1958 book of the same name. It is the first film in the James Bond series, starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, and Jack Lord, and was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, who worked together until 1975.

In the film, James Bond is dispatched to Jamaica to look into the disappearance of another British agent. The trail takes him to Dr. No’s subterranean stronghold, where he plans to use a radio beam weapon to interrupt an early American space launch from Cape Canaveral. Despite being the first Bond novel to be adapted into a film, Dr. No was not the first of Fleming’s novels. The character had his d├ębut in Casino Royale, but the film includes a few nods to threads from prior books. This film also refers to later books in the series, notably as the criminal organization SPECTRE, which was established in the 1961 novel Thunderball.