Dr. No (1963)

105-111 mins | Drama | 8 May 1963

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HISTORY

The 28 Jun 1961 Var announced the newly formed partnership between producers Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, identified as Eon Productions in the 22 Nov 1961 Var. The company was currently seeking a distributor. Among Eon’s first acquisitions were motion picture rights to all of the “James Bond” novels by Ian Fleming. The first film in the series, From Russia With Love, was to begin production later that year. On 12 Jul 1961, Var reported that actor Patrick Allen was “likely” to be cast as Bond. An article in the 29 Nov 1961 Var estimated that Eon spent more than $500,000 for the rights to Fleming’s novels. Filming of From Russia With Love was postponed in favor of Dr. No, which would star Scottish actor Sean Connery, and be released through United Artists (UA). Budgeted at $1 million, the production was scheduled for seven weeks in Jamaica, followed by four weeks in England. Saltzman noted that the Jan 1962 location shoot would take place during Jamaica’s tourist season. The company planned to release three more Bond films through UA, one every twelve to eighteen months. According to the 17 Jan 1962 Var, the fifty-eight-member cast and crew left for Jamaica that day, joined by unit publicist Halsey Raines. However, 28 Feb 1962 Var production charts state that principal photography began 16 Jan 1962. Wolf Mankowitz was listed as one of the writers, although he is not credited on screen. In the 25 Mar 1962 NYT, ... More Less

The 28 Jun 1961 Var announced the newly formed partnership between producers Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, identified as Eon Productions in the 22 Nov 1961 Var. The company was currently seeking a distributor. Among Eon’s first acquisitions were motion picture rights to all of the “James Bond” novels by Ian Fleming. The first film in the series, From Russia With Love, was to begin production later that year. On 12 Jul 1961, Var reported that actor Patrick Allen was “likely” to be cast as Bond. An article in the 29 Nov 1961 Var estimated that Eon spent more than $500,000 for the rights to Fleming’s novels. Filming of From Russia With Love was postponed in favor of Dr. No, which would star Scottish actor Sean Connery, and be released through United Artists (UA). Budgeted at $1 million, the production was scheduled for seven weeks in Jamaica, followed by four weeks in England. Saltzman noted that the Jan 1962 location shoot would take place during Jamaica’s tourist season. The company planned to release three more Bond films through UA, one every twelve to eighteen months. According to the 17 Jan 1962 Var, the fifty-eight-member cast and crew left for Jamaica that day, joined by unit publicist Halsey Raines. However, 28 Feb 1962 Var production charts state that principal photography began 16 Jan 1962. Wolf Mankowitz was listed as one of the writers, although he is not credited on screen. In the 25 Mar 1962 NYT, Halsey Raines identified the primary location as “Laughing Water,” a St. Ann, Jamaica, estate owned by Scottish aristocrat Mrs. Minnie Simpson, eighteen miles from the vacation home of source author Ian Fleming. Despite Mrs. Simpson’s local reputation for “excessive obduracy and inaccessibility,” she volunteered the estate, prompted by her love of Fleming’s work. Other Jamaica locations included Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, a swamp in Falmouth, the cliffs outside Port Royal, the Blue Mountain foothills, and an “Afro-Chinese” district of Kingston. The notably absent cast member was Joseph Wiseman, who would perform his scenes as the title character at Pinewood Studios near London, England. An item in the 3 Apr 1963 LAT revealed that featured actresses Zena Marshall, Eunice Gayson, and Lois Maxwell were declared by the “managing board of the British Directors Guild” to be three of the five most beautiful women in the British Isles. The 21 Sep 2012 Daily Mail noted that Nikki van der Zyl provided the speaking voice for Swiss actress Ursula Andress, who had not yet mastered the English language. Van der Zyl continued to voice “Bond girls” over the next several years. Andress’s singing voice was dubbed by Diana Coupland, according to an obituary in the 11 Nov 2006 Telegraph (UK).
       The 3 Oct 1962 Var reported that a “‘James Bond-Dr. No’ stakes” was held at London’s Wembley Greyhound Stadium on 28 Sep 1962, to herald the film’s 5 Oct 1962 world premiere. The picture debuted on the Bahama island of Nassau on 19 Feb 1963, followed by 29 May 1963 openings in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. Reviews in the 30 May 1963 LAT and NYT recommended the film, citing its escapist and satirical qualities.
       Following a successful run in Great Britain, Sean Connery began a two-week promotional tour of the U.S., as reported in the 6 Mar 1963 Var. Beginning with his 5 Mar 1963 arrival in Kansas City, MO, Connery and his entourage of three beautiful women were also scheduled to appear in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, IL, where they hosted private screenings and cocktail parties for journalists and exhibitors.
       Copyright length: 111 min. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
21 Sep 2012.
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Los Angeles Times
3 Apr 1963
Section C, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
30 May 1963
Section D, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jun 1963
Section C, p. 13.
New York Times
25 Mar 1962
p. 125.
New York Times
18 May 1963
p. 15.
New York Times
30 May 1963
p. 15.
Telegraph (United Kingdom)
11 Nov 2006.
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Variety
28 Jun 1961
p. 12.
Variety
12 Jul 1961
p. 16.
Variety
22 Nov 1961
p. 15.
Variety
29 Nov 1961
p. 4.
Variety
17 Jan 1962
p. 24.
Variety
28 Feb 1962
p. 5.
Variety
3 Oct 1962
p. 77.
Variety
17 Oct 1962
p. 6.
Variety
9 Jan 1963
p. 167.
Variety
6 Feb 1963
p. 3.
Variety
6 Mar 1963
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
1st, 2d & 3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Chief draughtsman
COSTUMES
Ward master
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp
SOUND
Sd mix
Sd mix
Boom op
Location sd cam op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod secy
Stills
Casting
Chargehand elec
Main titles
ANIMATION
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dr. No by Ian Fleming (London, 1958).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"James Bond Theme," words and music by John Barry Orchestra.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
8 May 1963
Premiere Information:
London premiere: 5 October 1962
Denver, Colorado, opening: 8 May 1963
New York opening: 29 May 1963
Los Angeles opening: mid-June 1963
Production Date:
began 16 or 17 January 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Eon Productions
Copyright Date:
5 October 1962
Copyright Number:
LP24719
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
105-111
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

British Secret Service Agent 007 James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and his secretary. Upon his arrival, Bond experiences attempts on his life through an automobile crash, by means of a tarantula, and by seduction by Miss Taro. Bond, aided by the American CIA agent Felix Leiter, links the murders to Dr. No, a mad scientist operating from Crab Key; and despite the natives' fear of the key because of the legend of a fire-breathing dragon, he persuades Quarrel, a black man, to transport him there and assist him in the investigation. Landing, they encounter Honey, a blonde, bikini-clad, shell-hunter; and after they are spotted by Dr. No's patrol boat, Bond persuades Honey to join them. Trying frantically to escape, they are cornered by a flamethrowing tank (the dragon of the legend), which kills Quarrel. Bond and Honey are captured and imprisoned in Dr. No's secret base, where they learn of his experiments to divert the course of rockets fired from Cape Canaveral. Bond escapes from his cell by means of a ventilator shaft and intercepts Dr. No just as he is ready to deflect another rocket. In a death struggle, Dr. No is killed, and Bond flicks every switch in the laboratory; but before the final explosion, he rescues Honey and they escape in a motor ... +


British Secret Service Agent 007 James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and his secretary. Upon his arrival, Bond experiences attempts on his life through an automobile crash, by means of a tarantula, and by seduction by Miss Taro. Bond, aided by the American CIA agent Felix Leiter, links the murders to Dr. No, a mad scientist operating from Crab Key; and despite the natives' fear of the key because of the legend of a fire-breathing dragon, he persuades Quarrel, a black man, to transport him there and assist him in the investigation. Landing, they encounter Honey, a blonde, bikini-clad, shell-hunter; and after they are spotted by Dr. No's patrol boat, Bond persuades Honey to join them. Trying frantically to escape, they are cornered by a flamethrowing tank (the dragon of the legend), which kills Quarrel. Bond and Honey are captured and imprisoned in Dr. No's secret base, where they learn of his experiments to divert the course of rockets fired from Cape Canaveral. Bond escapes from his cell by means of a ventilator shaft and intercepts Dr. No just as he is ready to deflect another rocket. In a death struggle, Dr. No is killed, and Bond flicks every switch in the laboratory; but before the final explosion, he rescues Honey and they escape in a motor launch. +

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