Post by twothousandonemark on Sept 12, 2018 14:46:58 GMT
Probably my #4 fav 007. Re-watched it recently thinking how it'd be remembered had it been a single installment sans sequels, & I think it still plays really well, it even feels more fun. I think there are several keys to its greatness, first being Connery established as Bond without origin story. Immediately he is Bond & we believe it & let's go. Warm looking & sounding Jamaica helps, keeping things light when they need to be (Thunderball would smartly go back to the Caribbean for the fun). Dr. No is, while not an alpha villain, an excellent mature laser focused baddie. His calmness & demeanour project confidence & intelligence enough. Honey Ryder is the signature Bond girl, period. All of that wrapped with the breezy & lively music. It all lands together as good as it could be. Not as epic as some sequels nor an acting workshop, its pared down accessibility keeps it high for me, esp for re-watches. I've begun to think it would play just as well along other late 50's/early 60's classics rather than what we probably mostly do playing it alongside other Bond films.
8/10. A simple but effective start for the franchise. Stripped down from his gadgets and relying on his wits (and his fists), this is honestly my favorite performance by Sean Connery in the role.
I agree and also like the lack of gadgets and reliance on wits and fists, but I think Connery is at his best in From Russia with Love. It does have that briefcase-gadget, but mostly it’s just a terse, Hitchcockian, excellent spy-thriller.
Huge fan of Dr. No, though, still. Improves on the novel, too.
”…and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by…”
I remember not enjoying the film as a kid but then liking it more as I aged. I rate it now 8/10.
Last films watched: The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) 9/10 Dr. Strangelove (1964) 10/10 Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) 6/10 Manhunter (1986) 10/10 Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (2009) 8/10