Contrary to popular belief, Sir Sean Connery was not wearing a hairpiece in his first two outings as James Bond. Although he was already balding by the time Dr. No was in production, he still had a decent amount of hair and the filmmakers used varying techniques to make the most of what was left. By the time of Goldfinger (1964), Connery's hair was too thin and so various toupees were used for his last Bond outings.
According to Lois Maxwell, Ursula Andress made quite an impression at the wrap party. "At the party, she danced with all the crew and she was the first grown woman I had ever known who didn't wear a bra. As she danced, those wonderful breasts were just swaying. I remember thinking how marvellous it must be to be that uninhibited and I wanted to throw my bra off, but I didn't have the courage."
A Francisco de Goya painting of the Duke of Wellington, stolen in 1961 from London's National Gallery, is found on an easel next to the stairs in Dr. No's dining area, which is why Bond stops to notice it as he passes it while going up the stairs. It was recovered in 1965. When this movie first came out, British audiences laughed upon seeing the Goya, knowing it had been stolen.
The famous pose of Sir Sean Connery holding a gun across his chest had to be redone at the last second. The Walther PPK was left at the studio, but the photographer had an old air pistol in his car. The gun in the picture is the air pistol.
Sir Sean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, which can be seen in one shot in the movie. When this didn't look realistic enough, additional close-up scenes were re-shot with stuntman Bob Simmons. Simmons reported that the tarantula crawling over Bond was the scariest stunt he had ever performed. According to Steven Jay Rubin's 1981 book "The James Bond Films", this tarantula was named "Rosie".
This was chosen to be the inaugural movie in the James Bond film franchise as the plot of the source novel was the most straightforward. It had only one major location (Jamaica) and only one big special effects set piece.
As detailed as Dr. No's underwater lair was, one vital element was very nearly forgotten, background plates of fish swimming in the sea to be added to the thick-glass window. The necessary film was quickly found amongst library footage the day before the scene was to be filmed. When it turned out the footage featured extreme close-ups of fish, it was decided to have Dr. No explain that the window works as a magnifying glass.
Maurice Binder designed the gun barrel opening at the last minute, by pointing a pinhole camera through a real gun barrel. The actor in the sequence is not Sir Sean Connery, but stuntman Bob Simmons. Connery didn't film the sequence until Thunderball (1965).
It is long standing misconception that John Barry wrote "The James Bond Theme". It actually originated from a song, "Good Sign, Bad Sign" composed by Monty Norman, from an aborted musical, "The House of Mr. Biswas". Barry arranged and orchestrated Norman's theme to produce the theme as it is known throughout the world.
Ian Fleming didn't originally like the casting of Sir Sean Connery as James Bond. Bond was English, and Connery was Scottish, Bond was from an upper-class background, and Connery came from a working-class background, Bond was refined and educated, and Connery was too rugged. After seeing this movie, Fleming softened and decided that Connery was perfectly cast. In the novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", Bond was revealed to have Scottish ancestry and Bond's girlfriend Theresa "Tracy" Vicenzo was described with Ursula Andress' details. Ironically, in the movie version of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Bond and Tracy were played by George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, who do not fit these descriptions.
Sir Sean Connery won the role of James Bond after Producer Albert R. Broccoli attended a screening of Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). He was particularly impressed with the fist fight Connery has with a village bully at the climax of the movie. Broccoli later had his wife Dana Broccoli see the movie and confirm his sex appeal. Still, for publicity purposes, there was a contest to find the perfect man to play James Bond. Six finalists were chosen and screentested by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, and Ian Fleming. The winner was a twenty-eight-year-old model named Peter Anthony who looked the part, but completely lacked the acting technique to play it.
The first scene Sir Sean Connery filmed as James Bond is the sequence in the Kingston Airport where he passes a female photographer and holds his hat up in front of his face. The filming date was January 16, 1962.
During the initial briefing, M says that he recently was put in charge of MI7. Bernard Lee originally said MI6 during the take, but this has been overdubbed, possibly for fear of offending the real-life organization. In later Bond movies, however, 007 clearly works for MI6.
The armorer who gives Bond his Walther PPK at the start of the movie is Major Boothroyd, who in the next movie, From Russia with Love (1963) was played by Desmond Llewelyn. Beginning with Goldfinger (1964), the "armorer" would forever be known as "Q" (for "Quartermaster"). The character of Boothroyd first appeared in Ian Fleming's original Dr. No novel. He was named for Geoffrey Boothroyd, who wrote to Fleming complaining about Bond's use of a Beretta in the early Bond books and recommending Bond use a Walther PPK instead. (The real-life Boothroyd appears in a vintage featurette included on the Blu-ray, demonstrating the relative effectiveness of Bond's Beretta, PPK, and his own favorite gun, the Ruger .44 Magnum.) This detail was included in the novel, and later included in this movie, establishing part of the Bond legend. Q is based loosely on Charles Fraser-Smith, who designed spy gadgets called "Q-devices" (named for Q-ships, the Royal Navy's disguised warships of World War I) for MI6.
Author Ian Fleming wanted his cousin Sir Christopher Lee to play the role of Dr. No. (Lee appeared as Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and would play the character that inspired Fleming to create Dr. No, Dr. Fu Manchu, in several movies.) Fleming also asked Noël Coward to play the part of Dr. No. Coward turned down the part by replying with a telegram that read, "Dr. No? No! No! No!" One of Coward's objections was having to wear metal hands. Max von Sydow turned down the part in order to play Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and would finally play a Bond villain in Never Say Never Again (1983). The role went to Joseph Wiseman, the only early Bond villain not to have his voice dubbed by another actor.
Ursula Andress' dialogue was dubbed by voice artist Nikki Van der Zyl, who later dubbed her again in The Blue Max (1966), She (1965), and Casino Royale (1967). It was her task to re-create Andress' voice, but give it only a mild accent. Andress' singing voice is sometimes credited to Diana Coupland, but this was also Nikki. This confusion mainly arises because Ms. Coupland's recording of the song was included on the original 1962 soundtrack album release for this movie. Andress and Eunice Gayson were dubbed by the same actress. Gayson's real voice can be heard in the theatrical trailers for this movie, included on the DVD release.
According to Inside 'Dr. No' (2000), the introduction of the James Bond character utilizes a technique which is an homage to the William Dieterle movie, Juarez (1939) starring Paul Muni. This technique is performed using a series of close-ups of the character without revealing the face, cross-cutting with the other characters in the scene and the gambling table. Finally, the face of the person is revealed, stating his name, "Bond, James Bond."
The budget was only one million pounds sterling ($7,834,710.74 in 2015), but when costs went over by one hundred thousand pounds sterling ($783,471.07 in 2015), United Artists wanted to pull the plug, fearing it would never make a profit.
The scene in which Honey Rider walks out of the sea and meets James Bond was shot at Laughing Waters Beach on the Laughing Water Estate, owned by Mrs. Minnie Simpson in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica. Mrs. Simpson had been a fan of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels.
Of the one million pounds sterling ($11,263,241.43 in 2015 U.S. dollars) budget, Production Designer Ken Adam was given fourteen thousand pounds sterling ($157,685.31 in 2015 U.S. dollars). Adam argued for an extra six thousand pounds sterling ($67,579.39 in 2015 U.S. dollars) to create his now-exemplary sets.
Two weeks before filming was due to start, the part of Honey Ryder was still to be cast. The producers then saw a photograph of a then-unknown Ursula Andress in a wet t-shirt, and offered her the part without even meeting her. Some sources claim that the photograph allegedly featured Andress in a wet t-shirt competition.
First feature film filmed on-location in Jamaica, although the production crew was British. At the time of filming, Jamaica was part of the West Indies Federation, and a British Crown Colony. Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962, just two months prior to the release of this movie.
The initial reason that MI7 launches an investigation, mysterious radio interference being picked up at Cape Canaveral, isn't as far out of the question as one might think. A memorandum to the Pentagon in the year this movie was released, reported unusually heavy radio emissions from Cuba, and that if John Glenn's upcoming orbit of the Earth were to fail, a case could successfully be made (whether true or not) of Cuban sabotage.
Ian Fleming wrote the story of 'Dr. No' in 1956 for an episode of a never-produced television series, "James Gunn Secret Agent", with the episode being titled "Commander Jamaica". The unused treatment was then expanded and used for the sixth James Bond novel 'Dr No' which had a working title of "The Wound Man" . Fleming based the character of Dr. No on Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu.
A sequence extracted from the final cut had Dr. No forcing Bond to radio Felix Leiter, telling him that he had discovered nothing of any interest on Crab Key in return for a less painful death for both Bond and Ryder.
In the source novel, the full names of Honey Ryder and Dr. No are Honeychile Rider and Dr. Julius No. Honeychile is the last surviving member of an old sugar plantation family, and was raised by the family servants. The freelance photographer is named Annabel Chung. Puss-Feller's name means he wrestled an octopus, but this movie changed this to an alligator, rendering the name meaningless. The Professor was not named Dent, and was not a villain. Strangways and Quarrel were old friends of Bond (from the Live and Let Die novel). There was no evil chauffeur and no Felix Leiter (the latter was in other novels).
The white bikini worn by Ursula Andress in the movie was sold by her at Christie's Auctions in London on February 14, 2001 for thirty-five thousand pounds sterling. It was purchased by Robert Earl of Planet Hollywood, and with commission and tax fees, the total was actually around forty-one thousand pounds sterling. Before the auction, the bikini had been estimated to fetch forty thousand pounds sterling. The bikini top originally was made from an underwire bra sold from a Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Costume Designer Tessa Welborn ordered three of the bras, covering them in cotton, and refining the design. The belt seen in the movie was made from a white webbing Army belt, with brass fittings and a scabbard. After this movie's release, bikini swimwear sales skyrocketed.
Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins seen in the movie included Turnbull & Aser tailoring; Pan Am Airlines; Rolex Watches, James Bond wears a Rolex Submariner; Dom Perignon Champagne; Red Stripe Beer; Black & White Scotch, BOAC Airlines, and Smirnoff Vodka, including Smirnoff Blue and Smirnoff Red.
A deleted scene featured Honey Ryder waiting in her room in the finale, armed with a bottle of booze. When Bond arrives, she collapses into his arms and Bond catches both her and the bottle. With a manly dash, he pops the cork from the bottle with his teeth, takes a good belt, throws the bottle away and sweeps Ryder into his arms, carrying her to safety.
The novel "Dr. No" was Ian Fleming's follow-up to From Russia with Love (1963). The movie scene of Bond getting his Walther is very similar to the corresponding scene in the book. When M says that Bond's Beretta jammed on his last job, he was referring to Bond's mission to recover the Spektor (called "Lektor" in the movie) decoder.
Location Manager Chris Blackwell (who was uncredited) was later the founder of Island Records. He is also the son of Blanche Blackwell, who was neighbor, friend, and lover of Ian Fleming. He makes a cameo in this movie, as the tall blond man dancing at Puss Feller's club. Blackwell would later own Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate after 1977, one of its previous owners was reggae musician Bob Marley.
Honey Ryder emerging from the sea is one of the most iconic scenes in the James Bond film franchise, and something that Ursula Andress is famed for to this day. Andress admits bewilderment: "It's a mystery. All I did was wear this bikini, not even a small one, and whoosh! Overnight, I made it."
For a long time, this film was tied with Goldfinger (1964) as the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series, with a running time of one hour and fifty minutes. Quantum of Solace (2008) is now the shortest at one hour and forty-six minutes.
In the original novel, the scene in which Bond escapes "imprisonment" worked a little differently. Dr. No had actually had an obstacle course set up to challenge Bond. At the end of the obstacle course, there was a seaside cage, with a giant squid inside. This movie altered and toned down all of this, and the "obstacle course" idea got lost in the translation from novel to movie. In the following scene, a sequence involving Honey Rider being tied to the ground and attacked by a swarm of crabs was scrapped, because many of the crustaceans arrived frozen, dead, and damaged. In the movie, as shown, water was the threat instead.
Sir Sean Connery was originally rejected as James Bond by United Artists. The studio cabled Producer Harry Saltzman of this information. However, United Artists later rescinded this decision and agreed with the producers' casting choice.
Due to the low budget, only one sound editor was hired (normally there are two, for sound effects and dialogue), and many pieces of scenery were made in cheaper ways, with M's office featuring cardboard paintings and a door covered in a leather-like plastic, the room where Dent meets Dr. No costing only seven hundred forty-five pounds sterling to build, and the aquarium in Dr. No's base being magnified stock footage of goldfish. Furthermore, when Art Director Syd Cain found out his name was not in the credits, Producer Albert R. Broccoli gave him a golden pen to compensate, saying that he did not want to spend money making the credits again.
Marguerite LeWars (Annabel) was working as a flight attendant for BWIA (British West Indian Airways) when Terence Young approached her with the age-old line "Would you like to be in movies?" Lewars' brother-in-law Reggie Carter played Jones the chauffeur, the first villain encountered by James Bond in the film franchise.
There is a longstanding rumor that in the early drafts of the script, Dr. No turned out to be a monkey. When first approached by Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, Screenwriters Wolf Mankowitz and Richard Maibaum discarded most of the source material and wrote a story treatment about a shipping magnate called Buchwald attempting to blow up the Panama Canal. Dr. No was a monkey god worshipped on the island, and the villain kept a Capuchin monkey as a pet. Broccoli and Saltzman told them to try again and this time stick more closely to the source material. Mankowitz was dissatisfied with the script and had his name removed from the credits. He later co-wrote the James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967), which co-starred Ursula Andress, who played Honey Ryder in this movie.
Terence Young decided to inject much humor, as he considered that "a lot of things in this film, the sex and violence and so on, if played straight, a) would be objectionable, and b) we're never gonna go past the censors; but the moment you take the mickey out, put the tongue out in the cheek, it seems to disarm."
John Stears was asked to help with the miniatures. He had only a budget of one thousand pounds sterling for the effect of the destruction of Dr. No's fortress. In the next Bond outing, Stears took over as Special Effects Supervisor.
According to some reports, Jack Lord was deemed "too cool" to play against Sir Sean Connery's 007. In order to avoid any focus being pulled from Connery, Lord was replaced in Goldfinger (1964) (and subsequently every future Leiter appearance) with a shorter, more conventional looking American actor in order to keep Bond in the spotlight. Also, Lord wanted more money, a bigger part, and equal billing with Connery. After the release of this movie, Lord did the same thing a few years later with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry after Jeffrey Hunter did not receive a callback to appear in the second pilot when the role of Captain James T. Kirk was being cast. Lord did not want a large sum of money, but to co-produce the series, but the executives from Desilu Studios (ironically, now part of CBS Television Studios) and Roddenberry declined the offer which led to William Shatner cast in the iconic role. It wasn't until the middle of 1968 when he read for the part eventually landing a lead role as Steve McGarrett on the classic Hawaii Five-O (1968), which ran until 1980. (During its fifth season, Lord did share a scene with Shatner when he was a guest star). As part of Hawaii Five-0 (2010), there are references and homages to the official James Bond film franchise, where actors who appeared in a Bond movie have guest-starred. The lead role of Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-0 (2010) (Alex O'Loughlin) was a candidate to become a future James Bond after Pierce Brosnan left the series prior to the casting of Daniel Craig.
The gun Bond puts the silencer on at Miss Taro's house is not his famous PPK. It's a FN 1910 easily distinguishable by the FN logo on the grip. The reason is that the prop department couldn't get a silencer fitting the PPK.
This movie's United States release was stalled by the political climate after the Cuban Missile Crisis. President John F. Kennedy was a big fan of the James Bond novels, but he only lived to see this movie. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas just one month after From Russia with Love (1963) was released in the U.K., and the movie eventually premiered in the U.S. on April 8, 1964 at the now-demolished Astor Theatre in New York City.
The first day of filming at England's Pinewood Studios for this movie and the EON Productions James Bond film franchise was on Monday, February 26, 1962. The first take was Slate 310 at 11:25 a.m. on Stage D. The scene was in M's office and featured Bernard Lee, Peter Burton, and Sir Sean Connery. Many of the cast and crew including Director Terence Young had been late arriving on-set due to harsh cold and inclement weather.
Samuel J. Friedman, head of national publicity for United Artists, hired glamor model Bunny Yeager to photograph Ursula Andress on-location in Jamaica during filming. Between takes and during camera set-ups, Yeager would take Andress to one side and photograph her amongst nature.
The item the freelance photographer smashes against the table-leg and uses to scratch Quarrel's face is a flashbulb. Flashbulbs (as fitted to older cameras) were made of glass and were single-use only.
The producers met Sir Sean Connery, but were dubious as to whether the Scot could play the jet-setting character, as his background was a working-class Scot born in Edinburgh, who dropped out of school at the age of fifteen to join the Royal Navy. He had several other positions, including lifeguard, milkman, and former Mr. Universe, before Connery's rugged appeal won him the role of James Bond. He was offered a multi-movie contract, with the allowance of being able to pursue projects outside of the Bond film franchise.
Honey's entrance was filmed near Ian Fleming's house, Goldeneye. Fleming, along with friends Noël Coward, poet Stephen Spender and journalist Peter Quennell, stumbled across the crew on the day the scene was shot. They stayed with the crew until evening. After dinner, Coward spent time with Sir Sean Connery, advising him on matters ranging from acting to dealing with the press.
Peter R. Hunt used an innovative editing technique, with extensive use of quick cuts, and employing fast motion and exaggerated sound effects on the action scenes. Hunt said his intention was to "move fast and push it along the whole time, while giving it a certain style", and added that the fast pacing would help audiences not notice any writing problems.
The aquarium in the Fairmont Hamilton Hotel's Gazebo Bar in Bermuda was reportedly the inspiration for Dr. No's aquarium, itself later inspiring the aquarium in Stromberg's lair in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
A script developed by Producer Kevin McClory, Screenwriter Jack Whittingham, and author Ian Fleming, reportedly titled "James Bond, Secret Agent" was originally going to be the first James Bond movie, but Fleming caused legal problems before any production could begin by writing and publishing what he thought of as "the book to the movie" without consulting the others. This novel was published in 1961, titled "Thunderball" by Fleming, and resulted in legal action by McClory. This legal action tied up rights to the script and story, and made McClory's participation problematic, so "Dr. No" wound up being chosen instead. The Thunderball (1965) plot was eventually used for the fourth Bond movie. Subsequent editions of the novel "Thunderball" carry a credit for McClory and Whittingham, and McClory eventually saw the original concept more or less produced under the title Never Say Never Again (1983).
According to this movie's CD soundtrack sleeve notes, the James Bond theme debuted in the U.K. charts on November 1, 1962, where it peaked at number thirteen. It entered the U.S. charts on July 27, 1963 where it went to number eighty-two. Two pieces of music heard in this movie, are not included on the soundtrack. These are the electronic sound effects music at the very beginning of the movie, and the suspenseful music from the tarantula sequence.
Ursula Andress was cast in the part of Honey Ryder because she fit Albert R. Broccoli's description of "an unknown with a new face who wouldn't demand an outrageous salary." Seeing a photograph of her in a wet t-shirt obviously didn't hinder that decision either.
Terence Young had previously cast Eunice Gayson in Zarak (1956). He cast her as Sylvia Trench, telling her "You always bring me luck in my films", although she was also cast due to her voluptuous figure.
Author Ian Fleming served in British Naval Intelligence during World War II, and was acquainted with David Niven, then a Major with the British Commandos. Niven was Fleming's first choice to play James Bond in Dr. No. In fact, Fleming referred to Niven by name in the novel You Only Live Twice, the only real actor ever to be mentioned in a Bond novel.
In 1977, Milton Reid played the henchman Sandor in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and the henchman Eye Patch in the spy spoof / James Bond parody No. 1 of the Secret Service (1977). Previously, Reid had applied to play the role of Oddjob in Goldfinger (1964), but lost out to Harold Sakata. Also, Reid had previously played one of Dr. No's guards (uncredited) in this movie, and was also one of Mata Bond's attendants in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967).
United Artists executives were first screened a print of this movie at ten o'clock one morning, with Arthur Krim in attendance. When the movie finished around midday, there was a silence at the end of the screening. The European head executive stated that the only good thing about the movie was that they couldn't lose with it, with only a budget of about eight hundred forty thousand U.S. dollars. Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were shaken and stirred.
According to Robbie Collin in the U.K. newspaper "The Telegraph", "Bond author Ian Fleming invented S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in 1959 to replace James Bond's usual, Soviet, enemies. Fleming believed the Cold War might be about to end and wanted to keep his spy thrillers relevant." Fleming's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Executive Cabinet included "twenty-one people including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group S.M.E.R.S.H., Josep Tito's (Josip Broz Tito's) secret police, Italian, Corsican and Turkish organized crime gangs", its goals were "profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination", and its methods included "counter-intelligence, brainwashing, murder, extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)."
The literal translations of some of this movie's foreign language titles include Licence to Kill / Agent 007: Licence to Kill (Italy); James Bond Versus Dr. No (Belgium and France); Dr. No: Mission-Killing / Agent 007 - Mission: Kill Dr. No (Denmark); James Bond Chases Dr. No (Germany); Dr. No: 007 Is The Killing Number (Japan); Agent 007 With A Licence To Kill (Sweden); Agent 007 Versus Dr. No (Spain); James Bond, Agent 007 Against Dr. No (Greece); 007 Seized The Secret Island (China); 007 - The Secret Agent (Portugal); 007 And Dr. No (Finland) and 007 Against The Satanic Dr. No (Brazil and Spanish-speaking South America). In Japan, the translators first interpreted the title as "Dr.? No!" and produced posters with a translation that meant "We don't want a doctor". The mistake was discovered at the last moment.
Monty Norman was invited to write the soundtrack because Producer Albert R. Broccoli liked his work on the 1961 theatre production Belle, a musical about murderer Hawley Harvey Crippen. Norman was busy with musicals, and only accepted to do the music for this movie after Producer Harry Saltzman allowed him to travel along with the crew to Jamaica.
Ursula Andress was cast in her role only after being seen in one photograph. She was booked before she had even been interviewed. She joined the production two weeks before filming commenced in Jamaica.
This was the first James Bond movie, but Sir Sean Connery was not the first James Bond. That honor belongs to Barry Nelson, who played Bond in Climax! (1954) season one, episode three, "Casino Royale".
The score album only contains the James Bond Theme, various versions of "Underneath The Mango Tree", "Jump Up", and a re-recording of "The Island Speaks". The rest are unrelated and do not appear in this movie. The rest of the score does not appear. Some other tracks have appeared on latter CDs, but these are re-recordings by The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nic Raine.
Vehicles featured included the swamp vehicle Dragon Tank at Crab Key; a marine blue 1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series 5 Sports Tourer convertible II Tiger rental car, which James Bond drives while being tailed by a pre-war Packard LaSalle hearse; Bond rides in a taxi driven by Mr. Jones, which is a black 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible; a motorboat; Mk II Ford consul taxi; Quarrel's boat; an Austin A55 Cambridge, and a Ford Zephyr.
Ken Adam's initial budget for the entire movie was just fourteen thousand five hundred pounds sterling (£276,272 in 2015), but the producers were convinced to give him an extra six thousand pounds sterling out of their own finances.
The review of this movie in the British magazine "The Spectator", written by Ian Cameron, was entirely dismissive of the movie, calling it "grotesque", and was less than fifty words long. Cameron did not make any mention of Sir Sean Connery, nor did he name any other actors or actresses.
In the original script, Dr. No strikes Bond with his gauntlets after Bond taunts him by calling him Hitler-cum-Al Capone. Following this, he says, "Forgive the coarseness, Dr. No" and spits in his face.
In the Anthony Horowitz novel "Russian Roulette", one of the characters places a single hair across the crack of a door, as a warning signal, like Bond does when he lands in Jamaica, an homage to the Alex Rider series main source of inspiration. Horowitz later wrote a James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis", with original material by Ian Fleming. It's available in ebook and audio. The Evening Standard called it "Bond back at his best", the Telegraph said "it's an ingenious Bond" and Metro called it "pure pleasure"; Horowitz mentioned Metro in "Russian Roulette". Scorpia, Alex Rider's main antagonists is the world's most dangerous criminal organization, like S.P.E.C.T.R.E. There is a scene in "Russian Roulette" where a character has a Black Widow (one of the most venomous spiders in the Amazon) on his shoulder, like the scene in this movie.
The Alex Rider book series has a character like a teenage James Bond who fights an organization, S.C.O.R.P.I.A., which is akin to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. S.C.O.R.P.I.A. is almost an acronym for what it does like S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is made up of disillusioned former secret agents who went into business for themselves.
Much is made of Ursula Andress in the film - but in the novel, Honey Ryder emerges from the sea completely naked. When she spots Bond, she drops her shells so that one hand can cover her crotch, while the other hand hides her broken nose.
Of all the three James Bond movies to film in Jamaica, 'Dr No' (1962), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and 'Bond 25' (2020), all three have featured the CIA agent Felix Leiter character. He is played in each of these James Bond films by Jack Lord, David Hedison, and Jeffrey Wright respectively.
This James Bond film features Jamaica as a major filming location. Five of the actual original James Bond novels and short stories written by Ian Fleming at the Goldeneye estate in this country featured Jamaica as a setting. They were (in order): The novel 'Live and Let Die' (1954); the novel 'Dr. No' (1958); the short story 'For Your Eyes Only' (1960); the novel 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1965); and the short story 'Octopussy' (1966).
In the German version of this movie, Sir Sean Connery was voice-dubbed by Klaus Kindler, who also dubbed Sir Roger Moore in Gold of the Seven Saints (1961), who would later play James Bond. Klaus Kindler also was the standard voice for Clint Eastwood in Germany. Kindler also once dubbed Louis Jourdan, Robert Davi, and Michael Lonsdale, who all would become villains in later Bond-movies.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Dent shot "Bond" (actually pillows in bed) six times. After some plot point explanation by Bond, Dent lurches for his gun, but it's empty, hence the Bond line, "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six." As a kind of payback coda, Bond shoots Dent once, and Dent flips off the bed onto the floor. Bond then fires five more rounds into Dent's back. Censors scaled this back to two total shots, with just one to the back. Reportedly, a second version of the scene was filmed, but not in the final movie, showing Dent firing off one last bullet before being shot down by Bond. This actually explains why Dent is shown firing a seven-shooter, rather than a six-shooter.
When Dr. No's goons appear along the beach to kill Bond, Quarrel, and Honey, the gunfire attracted the attention of a group of off-duty U.S. Naval officers, who went to the set to see what was happening.
Dr. No was resurrected in "Hot-Shot", the daily James Bond newspaper strip. The strips were based on the Ian Fleming novels, not the movies, so the character survived being buried in guano rather than his fall into the reactor vat. In the "Dr. No" strip, No had metal pincers for hands (as in the novel) but in "Hot-Shot", the pincers have been replaced with mechanical hands more similar to the movie version of the character.
If you look closely during the end scene, you may spot the first time time a Bond villain has what would become a film franchise cliché shorthand for world domination. In this movie, it's a globe of the Earth, although others have a huge 2-D map or an oversized globe.
Once inside Dr. No's base, while they are escorted to dine with Dr. No, Honey notices James' hands are sweating. This is possibly the only time in any Bond movie that he openly admits that he's scared. This also helps to remind the audience that he's a real man, and not invincible, and increases the tension.