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YMMV: Dr. No

The film:

  • Awesome Music / Ear Worm: "Three blind mice, in a row, three blind mice, there they go....
  • Anticlimax Boss: Dr. No himself. One punch, he goes down.
  • Critical Research Failure: A minor but rather jarring moment from the otherwise quite good film. When the script reads, "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six!", it's probably a good idea to make sure the man Bond is saying this to is holding a revolver. Not a Colt M1911, one of the most recognisable semi-automatic pistols ever made and which almost everyone knows has a seven round magazine. And on top of this, Smith and Wesson didn't even manufacture a 1911 variant at the time.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Honey's incredible naivete and ignorance (she seriously believes the tank is a dragon?!) is not endearing, nor is her incredibly dumb way of trying to prove to Bond it could be a dragon.
    • Note that Quarrel also thought it was a dragon, so she wasn't alone in that.
    • In the book Honey has the physical body and urges of a fully-grown woman but the mentality and naivety of a child. This is also combined by the fact that she never went to school, raised herself after being orphaned at a very young age and had little to no regular human contact. The problem with the film is that they keep in the key scenes from the book such as the battle with the tank, but leave out the context as to why an adult would be so easily fooled by such a pathetic forgery.
  • Fair for Its Day: Quarrel was seen as a very progressive Black character at the time the film came out, as he is a competent and loyal informant for the CIA who accompanies Bond in Storming the Castle. He still has loads of fans today, but modern viewers have been known to be put off by his being more fearful than Bond and the scene where Bonds tells him to carry his shoes.
  • Fan Nickname: Ursula Andress as "Ursula Undress" due to her famous bikini scene.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: the radiation suit Dr. No wears in the reactor scene. Almost literal since he dies wearing it.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr No. A brilliant Mad Scientist and expert in nuclear physics who successfully embezzled millions of dollars from the Tongs before graduating to the Nebulous Evil Organisation SPECTRE and becoming their first operative to fight Bond (and die, but thats a Foregone Conclusion). The archetypal Bond villain who enjoys fine dining, has an army of ruthless killers at his beck and call (and scares the hell out of all of them), personally designs a magnified aquarium decades ahead of its time, and is Genre Savvy enough to electrify the Air-Vent Passageway in the heroes' cell. Claims to have "never fail(ed)", thinks the East and West are "points of the compass, each as stupid as the other", and can crush ornaments with his metal hands. And for all that he is only on-screen for about 20 minutes max.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the words of David Morgan-Mar, "I couldn't reproduce the obvious sheet of glass between James and the spider that you can see in the film."
    • It's made up for a bit by the closeup shots of the spider crawling on the bare flesh of stuntman Bob Simmons.
    • Ursula Andress wears an obvious flesh-colored towel in an attempt to increase the fanservice in her decontamination scene.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Watching it now, you might be a little creeped out by this movie's attitude towards women and minorities.
  • Vindicated by History: Received mixed reviews from critics upon its original premiere, but is now considered one of best spy films ever made and one of the best Bond films. On Rotten Tomatoes, for one, it even has a higher rating than Goldfinger.

The novel

  • Unfortunate Implications: How does Bond know that Miss Taro is on Dr. No's payroll? She's Chinese, so of course she's working for him, like everyone else in the island with Chinese ancestry in them.
    • Truth in Television. Most criminal gangs of he 50's and 60's, due to the widespread racism, were almost always made up of a similar race or ethnic background. Even today you can see the same pattern repeated with the likes of the Hispanic and black gangs of California for example. For a man living in that day and age it really wasn't that much of a leap to suggest that the Chinese Dr No would favour Chinese members.
    • Taro and the rest of No's henchman are actually "Chigroes" (of Chinese and Negro parentage) and said to have the worse characteristics of each race — the innate cunning of the Oriental and the inherent criminality of black people. So, yeah.

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