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Nightmare Fuel / Dr. No

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The Film

  • The chilling murder of Strangways and his secretary in the beginning by the Three Blind Mice.
  • Professor Dent's scene with Dr. No is chilling. Just him in a room, with just an eerily calm, sinister voice. Dent's fearful reaction to it is an effective way to make Dr. No a terrifying presence without giving him any screen-time (at first).
  • The scene where Professor Dent sneaks a Tarantula into Bond's bed and it climbs up his arm can and will scare Arachnophobes.
  • Professor Dent's own death by Bond's gun. Bond has him at his mercy after Dent unloaded his entire gun on a pillow dummy, and rather than press him for more info or bother with theatrics, Bond lets off a Pre-Mortem One-Liner and shoots him. And then shoots him again, causing the professor's body to visibly reel in his demise. Probably one of the more chilling direct kills the agent's done in his career, especially seeing as Bond seems rather coldly detached from the action more than anything else.
  • Quarrel's fiery death during the fight with the dragon-tank. The scream he let's out is particularly disturbing to hear.
  • Dr. No visits Bond's room at night while Bond and Honey are sleeping after being drugged.
  • The dinner scene is particularly unsettling, because Dr. No never even changes his facial expression, only the tone of his voice. And occasionally, it looks like he has Black Eyes of Evil.
  • Dr. No's death by being boiled in radioactive water. While not graphic, it's a horrible and painful way to go.
  • Honey Ryder is left to die in a Drowning Pit.

The Novel

  • The friggin' Death Course. The scariest part is when a burned, electrocuted and bleeding Bond dropped into the water to face a Giant Squid. This results in Bond being forced to grip a nearby wire fence and get flayed alive by the squid until he dives down and stabs it, resulting in the squid throwing him over the fence and giving him an extremely rough landing. Thankfully, his injuries aren't severe as they seem, but if not for his determination, they could have been much worse.
    • It's implied the squid's fairly young, as Quarrel and Pus' Feller mistook it for an overgrown octopus when it attacked their fishing boat, while actual giant squids are often much bigger. And yet it nearly rips the skin off Bond's chest.
    • He also had to wash his massive open wounds with salty sea water, which takes a great deal of endurance to do so.
  • Dr. No's appearance is very unnerving, with steel pincers replacing his hands, having no eyebrows and speaking with a Creepy Monotone most of the time.
    • His death is also a very nasty way to go — as Bond dumps an entire crane load of guano on top of him, Dr. No has to endure his lungs being filled to the brim with choking dust, then slowly lose consciousness as his body cracks and bends under the sheer weight of his tomb.
    • The moment where he snaps and tells Bond and Honey how he's going to kill them is just unnerving, especially when he offhandedly mentions that he took inspiration from Mengele's violent experiments during The Holocaust. We then find out what kind of "Doctor" he is — one that likes to see just how much pain a human can endure.
  • Dr. No tries to kill Honey by tying her to some rocks and having her be Eaten Alive by crabs. It's very fortunate that the crabs turn out to be of a species that doesn't like human flesh.
  • The tense scene where Bond desperately tries to get rid of the venomous centipede crawling all over his body.
  • During the part where he explains his entire scheme, Dr. No casually mentions that his jamming signals are powerful enough that the internal missile computers all obey his orders instead of their country's. And if he wanted, he could escalate the Cold War by having the missiles crashing into Cuba and Miami, just so SMERSH can pay him for the damage it causes. That is how powerful he is.
    • On top of jamming American missile tests, who's to say he could betray SMERSH by reprogramming those missiles to the Soviet Union, making it look like the Americans wanted to destroy Russia, and thus provoking WWIII?
  • Dr. No torched an entire bird sanctuary and its staff brutally murdered just because it was a bit too close to his base. Later on, several characters remark on how one of the most extensive and sinister criminal conspiracies in the West only started unravelling because a few people from a bird-watching society went missing.