Characters / Dr. No

Characters specific to the novel and film Dr. No. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


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     Dr. No 

Doctor Julius No

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"East, West, just points of the compass, each as stupid as the other."
Played by: Joseph Wiseman

"You are right, Mr. Bond. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them forward towards their goal. The great scientists, the artists, the philosophers, the religious leaders-all maniacs."

The archetypal Bond villain, planting his feet in wet cement for others to follow. No is a half-German/half-Chinese scientific genius working for the villainous SPECTRE organization (SMERSH in the novel). He is using his private nuclear laboratory to knock American rockets out of the sky in the film and sabotage American missile launches in the novel.
  • Antagonist Title: His name gives the film (and the novel) its title.
  • Artificial Limbs: Having lost his real hands to radiation damage, he's replaced them with metal prosthetics, which are very strong, but lack dexterity. Their lack of grip costs him his life.
  • Bald of Evil: His physical appearance in the book.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the film, with his backing organization being behind the scenes.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Mostly averted. Bond is completely in Doctor No's power for most of the movie. Still, he's the first example in the film series of "Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?"
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Plans to ruin the American spacecraft/missile launch, no matter what.
  • Dirty Communist: In the novel only, where he expresses interest in working for Communist China. He is neutral in the movie.
  • The Dreaded: One assassin he sends commits suicide rather than give any information to Bond; a photographer would rather have her arm broken than admit who she is working for; Dent is clearly terrified of him. Basically, everyone who works for him is scared to death of crossing or failing him.
  • Evil Cripple: His hands can break solid rock, but they aren't very dexterous, resulting in his death.
  • Evil Genius: With a truly ambitious scheme. In the film, it's to disrupt the Project Mercury launch with an atomic-powered radio beam. In the book, it's to not only disrupt missile launches so he can sell the remains to Soviet Russia, but also to start a jamming war until he can hijack the missiles well enough that they drop on Miami and Kingston.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied the reaction to his mixed heritage led to his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Karmic Death: Falls into a bunch of boiling radioactive water in the movie and gets crushed by a crane load of guano in the book.
  • Lean and Mean: He's tall, thin and the main villain of the film.
  • Mad Scientist: He's a scientist, working for an evil orgaization, who uses his knowledge to ruin the American spacecraft program and when he's not wearing Nehru suits he wears lab coats. Yes, he qualifies.
  • Man in White: When it's not gray.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Wears a Nehru suit, and his lair has respectable decoration and bar.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's very evil and, as seen above, a mad scientist to boot.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: He's a scientist, not a medical doctor.
  • Red Right Hand: His mechanical hands.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: His voice is calm and polite when talking to Bond.
  • The Stoic: To the point where the only time he loses his cool is when he falls into the boiling radioactive water.
  • Supervillain Lair: In the book, it is highlighted this is very irregular. Becomes a Collapsing Lair.
  • We Can Rule Together: Doctor No offers Bond the chance to join SPECTRE... or intended to until Bond spent their dinner mocking him.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The first triumphant example. Doctor No could have saved himself a lot of trouble this way.
  • Wicked Cultured: Many, many James Bond villains have taste and class, but Dr. No spent one million dollars on an underground fish tank, and Bond is amazed to see Goya's Portrait of the Duke of Wellington. This was an Historical In-Joke referencing that the painting had been stolen from the National Gallery in London just before filming began. Production designer Ken Adam contacted the National Gallery in London to obtain a slide of the picture, painting a copy over the course of a weekend prior to filming. He's no slouch either in the book, with a vast knowledge of philosophy and stamp collecting.
  • Yellow Peril: A low-key example given he's a half-Chinese man working for a white-run organization. His introduction theme does have a Asian-esque sound to it, however. The character was intended to be a tribute to Fu Manchu. Indeed, one of the actors considered to play him was Christopher Lee, who portrayed Fu Manchu in the most number of films of any actor.

     Honey Ryder 

Honeychile "Honey" Ryder

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"I put a black widow spider underneath his mosquito net... a female, they're the worst. It took him a whole week to die."
Played by: Ursula Andress
Voiced by: Nikki Van der Zyl

"Well yes, they are rare. Very. You can get five dollars for a perfect specimen. In Miami. That's where I deal with. They're called Venus elegans-the Elegant Venus."

She's the first main Bond Girl, as she comes out of the ocean for beachcombing in Crab Key. She then accompanies Bond and Quarrel during their exploration on the island and Dr. No's facility. Much like Connery for Bond himself, Ursula Andress is often considered the iconic Bond Girl, and has been the standard by which all subsequent actresses to fill the role as "Bond Girl" have been judged.

     Quarrel 

Quarrel

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"You say so, Captain. Bottom part of where my belly used to be tells me different."
Played by: John Kitzmiller

A Cayman Islander who was employed by John Strangways to secretly go to Crab Key to collect rock samples. He also worked with Felix Leiter before Bond's arrival, and goes to explore Crab Key with Bond.

     Professor R. J. Dent 

Professor R. J. Dent

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"Nicely done, Strangways. I have to give it to you."
Played by: Anthony Dawson

A geologist with a practice in Kingston, he is also a member of the Queen's Club. He secretly works for Dr. No and tries to kill Bond on two occasions.

     Miss Taro 

Miss Taro

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"What should I say to a suggestion from a strange gentleman?"
Played by: Zena Marshall

"Can't say, sir. The covers are there but there's nothing inside of them."

Dr. No's spy posing as a secretary at the Government House in Jamaica. She tries to lure Bond into a trap in her house.
  • Bad Liar: She comes with flimsy excuses when trying to keep Bond at her home until assassins arrive to kill him.
  • Honey Trap: When the above bad lies fail she resorts to this, with... better results. For a while, at least.
  • The Mole: A secretary at the Government House in Jamaica who also is one of Dr. No's spies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Is even wearing only a towel at a certain point.
  • Sexy Secretary: Making even easier for Bond to consider getting info outta her.
  • Spiteful Spit: To Bond when he has her arrested.
  • The Vamp: Seduces Bond and the two sleep together in order to keep him at her home until assassins arrive to kill him. It doesn't work.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed. Taro survives and is merely arrested; however, when Dent shows up to her house to kill Bond, he just shoots whoever is lying in the bed, meaning that he was likely trying to kill both of them (in the case of Taro, likely just trying to tie up loose ends).

     Jones 

Jones

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"To hell with you!"

Played by: Reggie Carter

A henchman of Dr. No. He is ordered to intercept Bond at the airport in Kingston.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Once discovered by Bond, he commits suicide by a Cyanide Pill cigarette rather face interrogation.
  • Mooks: He is the first henchman that Bond encounters in the entire film franchise. Bond gets the jump on him first, but Jones tricks Bond into giving him his cyanide-filled cigarette, which he promptly bites down on, saying, "To hell with you" as his last words.
  • Not My Driver: Bond gets suspicious of him. And turns out MI6 didn't send him.

     The Three Blind Mice 

The Three Blind Mice

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Played by: Eric Coverly, Charles Edghill and Henry Lopez

"Go man, go!"

Three Jamaican professional assassins working for Dr. No. They get around in a hearse and pretend to be blind beggars as a ruse to deflect attention. They were the first characters to appear on screen in the Bond films.
  • Blind Black Guy: What they pretend to be.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the car chase, Bond outsmarts them, and they drive over a cliff to their deaths. Their hearse catches fire and explodes for no reason while falling.
    Bond: I think they were on their way to a funeral.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Their hearse, which is driven by an accomplice (played by Adrian Robinson).
  • Hollywood Silencer: Complete with soft "fwip" noises when they shoot Strangways.
  • In the Back: Their first bullets end up in Strangways' back.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Pretend to be blind for cover.
  • Professional Killer: All three are professional killers on Dr. No's payroll.
  • Sinister Shades: As part of the blind disguise.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: They have become known as "The Three Blind Mice" because of the calypso song that accompanies them on the film's opening soundtrack. Said song doesn't sound particularly evil.
  • Terrible Trio: And they use their number to ensure their chances, see below.
  • There Is No Kill Like Over Kill:
    • They all shoot Strangways at the same time with several bullets, leaving him no chance.
    • This also applies to their own deaths. When Bond is able to maneuver their hearse off the road, it explodes for no reason just to let the viewer know they made it to "their funeral".

     John Strangways 

John Strangways

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"That's it. Hundred honors and ninety below."
Played by: Timothy Moxon
Voiced by: Robert Rietty

He is the first British spy to appear on screen in the franchise. He lives in Jamaica, has a membership in the Queen's Club and investigates Dr. No's activities around Crab Key island. He is shot down (along with his secretary) by the Three Blind Mice at the beginning of the movie and the novel, and all of his files about Dr. No are stolen. His disappearance prompts the MI6 to send James Bond to Jamaica.
  • Card Games: He played cards with fellow members of the Queen's Club just before his assassination.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He's got one eye in the book.
  • He Knows Too Much: He and his secretary are killed by the Three Blind Mice due to their information about Dr. No's activities in Crab Key island.
  • Hero of Another Story: Strangways was investigating Dr. No's activities in Crab Key island prior to his assassination.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed after one minute of screen time, give or take. Strangways also holds the dubious distinction of being the first person to die on screen in the franchise.

     Mary Trueblood 

Mary Trueblood

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Played by: Dolores Keator

"And from what you say of the girl, I'd say it would be much the same with her. Chief Officers W.R.N.S don't go out of their senses."
James Bond, Dr. No

The secretary to John Strangways, operating the British Secret Service station in Jamaica. Unaware that Strangways has been murdered, she proceeds to make contact with London for their scheduled transmission. Hearing a noise, she proceeds to investigate, only to find Strangways' killers, the Three Blind Mice, who kill her. Afterwards, they carefully remove all the Service's files relating to Crab Key and Dr. No.
  • All There in the Manual: Named Mary Trueblood in the novel, she goes unnamed in the film, and the only reference to her name is that she's credited in the film as "Mary" (only "Mary").
  • He Knows Too Much: She and Strangways are killed by the Three Blind Mice due to their information about Dr. No's activities in Crab Key island.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She probably has less screen time that even Strangways. She also holds the dubious distinction of being the first woman to die on screen in the franchise.


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