I hate to admit this, but when it comes to James Bond films, I’ve only seen five: the three currently under Daniel Craig’s belt, and two of Pierce Brosnan’s (Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough). I know. I know!
With the upcoming release of Spectre, I thought it was about time that I put an end to my embarrassing predicament, and did the sensible thing: marathon every single Bond film to date.
As you can imagine, my knowledge of the series is negligible at best, and while I’m well aware of some of the pop culture touchstones and classic tropes, I look forward to the cinematic journey that is 007’s 50 year’s worth of missions, Bond Girls, high tech gadgets, martinis, and goofy villains. First on the list is, of course, 1962’s Dr. No.
Disclaimer: Yes, I know that, technically, 1967’s Casino Royale is the first Bond movie. But we all know that that one doesn’t count. Moving on.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sean Connery as James Bond, and was excited to finally see his performance for myself. I’ve gotta say, at only about 10 minutes into Dr. No, he’d won me over and may perhaps be my favorite Bond to date. I’m currently still leaning toward Craig on that front, but that might just be because I’ve spent more time with him.
Connery just oozes machismo and charisma, has one of the coolest introductions in film history, and is a total badass. I’m glad I have five more films of his on the horizon.
As far as introductions go, Dr. No is a great first Bond film, despite the fact that it was missing a lot of the things I was expecting (I don’t know why I thought M would be a woman. I’m also guessing the martinis, Aston Martin and plethora of awesome gadgets comes later?). The movie itself is great, though altogether not that memorable aside from a couple cool sequences.
Oh, and Ursula Andress as Honey Rider, of course. She’s our first Bond Girl, and while she does little more than run around behind James, she does leave an impression. I wish the titular villain himself wasn’t so underwhelming, and that the plot wasn’t so basic. But that’s not really the point, right?
I’ll tell you one thing, I liked Dr. No a hell of a lot more than Quantum of Solace and the two Brosnan films I mentioned earlier (what I remember of them, anyway). It was definitely a great way to start this new ridiculous project I’ve set myself up for.
Next up: From Russia With Love!