Characters: Dr. No

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


Doctor Julius No

Played by: Joseph Wiseman

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.

  • Antagonist Title: His name gives the film (and the novel) its title.
  • 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 of, "Why don't you just shoot him?"
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Plans to ruin the American spacecraft launch, no matter what.
  • Dirty Communist: In the novel only. He is neutral in the movie.
  • The Dreaded: It's clear people in Jamaica fear him.
  • Evil Genius: With a truly ambitious scheme.
  • 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.
  • Lean and Mean: He's 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: Nehru suit, 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.
  • 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.


Honeychile "Honey" Ryder

Played by: Ursula Andress
Voiced by: Nikki Van der Zyl

She's the first main Bond Girl, as she comes out of the ocean for beachcombig 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.


Sylvia Trench

Played by: Eunice Gayson

Strictly speaking, she is the very first Bond Girl, although a minor one. She reappears briefly in From Russia with Love for some "unfinished business" with Bond, making her the only Bond Girl to appear twice in the series.

  • Lady in Red: She wears a red dress, as seen in the image, when she meets Bond at the Le Cercle club.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: She is actually the first character to use the trope. It's in response to her introduction that Bond introduces himself for the first time with the legendary line.
    Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...?
    Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr..?
    Bond: Bond. James Bond.
  • Office Golf: What she is doing waiting for Bond... in his home.
  • Professional Gambler: Her dialogue with Bond implies that she has quite enough experience.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only a couple minutes of screentime over two films, but she's the reason Bond introduces himself in his iconic fashion.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Once Bond arrives in his apartment, Sylvia is already wearing one of his shirts.
  • Token Romance: Which leads to a romantic picnic with Bond at the beginning of From Russia with Love.
  • What Could Have Been: Her role was meant to be a full blown Running Gag with Bond always being called away on a mission when he's about to sleep with her, but it was dropped after two films.


Quarrel

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

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

Played by: Zena Marshall

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 off as this 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.


Jones

Played by: Reggie Carter

A henchman of Dr. No. He is ordered to intercept Bond at the airport in Kingston.


The Three Blind Mice

Played by: Eric Coverly, Charles Edghill and Henry Lopez

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.

  • 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 Silencers: 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 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.


John Strangways

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 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.
  • 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.