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All of the sets and furniture were slightly smaller than they would be in reality, so that Bond would look larger.
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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.
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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."
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After viewing this movie, James Bond creator Ian Fleming reportedly described it as being, "Dreadful. Simply dreadful."
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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James Bond sings "Under the Mango Tree" in this movie, and is notable for being the only time James Bond has ever sung in a Bond movie.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ken Adam's sets so impressed Stanley Kubrick that he hired him the following year to be production designer on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
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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.
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Ursula Andress' salary for her appearance in this movie was six thousand dollars.
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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.
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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."
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Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the James Bond movies, cast Sir Sean Connery because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").
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Although there are persistent rumors that Ursula Andress was naked in the shower scene to clean her of radiation, closer inspection reveals that she is wearing a nude-colored one-piece swimsuit.
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The studio's Japanese affiliate originally translated the title as "We Don't Want Doctors!"
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Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were adamant that this movie be directed by an Englishman, someone cultivated enough to understand the world of 007.
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When Bond enters his apartment at the beginning, and finds Sylvia Trench playing golf, she was originally supposed to be nude, but the censors objected to this.
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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.
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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.
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To get a feel for the clothes, Director Terence Young asked Sir Sean Connery to sleep in his finely tailored suit which was purchased at Anthony Sinclair and made for him to play James Bond.
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The script for the classic scene where Honey emerges from the water read: BOND'S EYELINE : DAY. WHAT HE SEES - HONEY, staring at the water's edge, her back to him. She is naked except for a wisp.
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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.
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The first of three times James Bond's apartment is shown. The others being Live and Let Die (1973) and Spectre (2015).
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The movie's line "Bond. James Bond." was voted as the number twenty-two movie quote by the American Film Institute, and as number fifty-one of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere.
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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.
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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.
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At first, Eunice Gayson was to play Miss Moneypenny and Lois Maxwell was to play Sylvia Trench, but they switched roles.
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Julie Christie was almost cast as Honey Ryder, but Albert R. Broccoli reportedly thought her breasts were too small.
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After this movie's release in Italy, the Vatican issued a special communiqué expressing its disapproval at the movie's moral standpoint.
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The first Bond movie to be broadcast on British television on October 28, 1975 by ITV, but had been shown by ABC in the U.S. on November 10, 1974.
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Dolores Keator was given the role of Strangways' secretary because she owned the house in which the crew were shooting.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This movie won a Golden Globe Award for Ursula Andress as Best Newcomer in 1964.
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The world premiere was held on October 5, 1962 at the London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, London. It was attended by Sir Sean Connery, Zena Marshall, and Ian Fleming.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Only completely animated opening title sequence in the EON Productions James Bond official film franchise until Casino Royale (2006).
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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James Bond Creator Ian Fleming based the Dragon Tank on a marshlands swamp utility vehicle, with very large wheels, which he had seen in 1956, on the island of Inagua in the Bahamas.
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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.
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Most types of card games ever seen in a James Bond movie totalling four. These were Bridge, Patience, Texas Hold 'em, and Chemin de Fer/Baccarat. Bond is seen playing the latter three.
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The sounds of birds whistling were made by a child's bird call whistle.
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Miss Moneypenny, the epitome of British efficiency, was played by Lois Maxwell, a Canadian.
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Harry Saltzman picked Joseph Wiseman for the title role because of his performance in Detective Story (1951). The actor had special make-up applied to evoke Dr. No's Chinese heritage.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Marguerite LeWars was originally considered for the role of Miss Taro, but she thought the part was too risqué, so she was cast as Annabel Chung, the photographer instead.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The charred trees in the area where Bond confronts the Dragon Tank are part of the sanctuary for rare birds that Dr. No has disrupted. All mention of the sanctuary was deleted from the final cut.
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When this movie turned fifty years old on October 7, 2012, the song "Skyfall" for the upcoming James Bond movie of the same name sung by Adele was released for the first time at 0007 GMT.
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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.
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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.
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On June 20, 1961, United Artists agreed to finance this movie after many studios rejected it on the grounds of "too British" and "too blatantly sexual."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lois Maxwell was cast as Miss Moneypenny after Ian Fleming thought she was the perfect fit for his description of the character.
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The Jamiacan production office was the Courtleigh Manor Hotel in Kingston. Terribly wet weather was a big problem for the crew.
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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).
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Owing to the limited wardrobe budget, Lois Maxwell wore her own clothes as Miss Moneypenny, as did other actors and actresses in similarly small parts.
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Felix Leiter doesn't appear at all in the book.
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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).
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Anita Ekberg was considered for the role of Honey Ryder.
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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.
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In the novel, Honey is completely naked when Bond first meets her. This was changed because there was no way that the censors would approve it.
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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.
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Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman used Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) as the template for this movie and the subsequent early James Bond movies. In fact, the role of James Bond was first offered to Cary Grant, the star of North by Northwest (1959), who would commit to one movie only, and was otherwise too old, and then to its suave and urbane villain, James Mason, who would commit to only two, while Broccoli and Saltzman wanted an actor willing to make a multi-movie commitment to the role and the projected film franchise. American actor Steve Reeves also turned the role down. At the time, Reeves had become an international box-office sensation in a group of European-made mythological/historical spectacles. Acoording to legend, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan of Danger Man (1960) turned the role down on moral grounds. Other actors considered for the lead role included Trevor Howard, Rex Harrison, Stewart Granger, Richard Johnson, William Franklyn, Richard Todd, Stanley Baker, Ian Hendry (co-star of The Avengers (1961)) and Richard Burton. Director John Frankenheimer claims Broccoli offered him the role of James Bond. According to Albert R. Broccoli's autobiography "When the Snow Melts", Sir Roger Moore was Ian Fleming's choice to play Bond, largely based on his performance as The Saint (1962). This, however, turns out not to be true, as The Saint (1962) didn't begin airing in the U.K. until October 1962, one day after the premiere of this movie. David Niven, too old for a serious Bond, played the parody Bond in Casino Royale (1967), and Sir Roger Moore played the official James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) and six other movies.
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Although his voice is heard earlier, Dr. No doesn't appear until one hour and twenty-seven minutes into the movie.
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Sir Sean Connery had to be fitted with a toupée prior to filming, as his hair was receding.
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The directing job was originally offered to Guy Hamilton, Guy Green, Ken Hughes, and Bryan Forbes. They all turned it down. Phil Karlson was also considered. In the end, Terence Young directed this movie, and then returned for From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).
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Bernard Lee was cast as M because he was a "prototypical father figure".
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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.
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Lois Maxwell was initially in line to play the part of Sylvia Trench, but turned it down, as she didn't care for the scene where the only thing Trench wears is one of 007's shirts.
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In the sequence when Bond is leaving the airport, they pass a pink Cadillac with a vanity plate reading "ELVIS".
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Filming lasted fifty-eight days.
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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.
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Sir Sean Connery is the godfather of Ursula Andress' son, Dimitri Hamlin.
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When this movie was released in Los Angeles in May 1963, it was double-billed with The Young and the Brave (1963).
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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).
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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.
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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)."
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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.
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In 1999, it was ranked number forty-one on the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Films of the 20th Century.
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In South Korea, the literal translations of this movie was "007 Murder Number".
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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.
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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.
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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".
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The scene where Bond uses a pillow-trick to fool Professor Dent is taken from the book "The Spy Who Loved Me".
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Filmed January 16, 1962 to March 30, 1962.
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Dr. No's Dragon Tank was a swamp buggy covered in metal sheeting. To move it and keep it from sinking into the swamp, it moved on a special underwater ramp provided by Art Director Syd Cain.
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Budget from United Artists: one million pounds sterling.
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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.
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The title of this movie has the fewest letters of any Bond movie.
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Anthony Dawson met Terence Young when he was working as a stage actor in London, but by the time of the film's shooting Dawson was working as a pilot and crop duster in Jamaica.
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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.
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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.
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The music from this movie is credited with kicking off the reggae/ska music scene in Great Britain.
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Maurice Binder's budget for the title sequence was two thousand pounds sterling (£38,106 in 2015).
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James Bond's face is first seen at exactly the eight minute mark.
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Ursula Andress returned to Jamaica for the first time since making this movie in 1996 to appear as the guest of honor at an official James Bond Festival.
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Sir Sean Connery and Director Terence Young's second movie together. The first being Action of the Tiger (1957).
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The name of M's cover business is "Universal Exports".
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Harry Saltzman optioned the Bond stories from Ian Fleming early in 1961. Not long afterwards, he created Eon Productions specially to produce the James Bond film franchise with Albert R. Broccoli.
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Bernard Lee was cast one day before studio filming started. According to Terence Young, he got the part of M because everyone else was away.
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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.
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In 2019, Cary Grant's daughter Jennifer Grant revealed that her father later regretted turning down the role of Bond.
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A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen characters appeared in Spectre (2015). Spectre (2015) also featured a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo) making the movie have three characters that have a "Mr." title moniker. Mr. White (Jesper Christiansen) appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015), the most Bond movies for any henchman-type character after Jaws, who appeared in two Bond movies. In this movie, there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr. Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchman called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the archvillain was called Mr. Big, but in the movie version, he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source book being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there were two henchmen with a Mr. title moniker, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchmen double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) movie. Also, a 1987 James Bond novel by John Gardner was titled "No Deals, Mr. Bond" which reflects how the iconic spy character can also be known using a "Mr." name moniker as well.
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The brand of silencer on James Bond's Walther PPK gun was a Brausch.
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A person can be bitten to death by mosquitoes, so Bond is right to get rid of them on sight.
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Honey Ryder is first seen at the one hour and two minute mark.
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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.
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This movie's title was spoofed in a Secret Agent-themed episode of The Flintstones, "Dr. Sinister", with a character named "Madam Yes".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Scientific equipment worth almost £100,000 was made available for the underground radioactivity laboratories. which stretched across an 18,000 square foot space.
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Ursula Andress hated filming the scene where Bond, Ryder and Quarrel confront the "Dragon" tank, as the marshes and swamps stank badly.
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A behind-the-scenes photo shows Sean Connery smiling with Noel Coward standing next to him. Coward had a house not far from where the film was shot.
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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.
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Sean Connery and Terence Young second film together.
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Professor Dent's Smith & Wesson was named after arms manufacturers Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson. (You don't say!)
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Cameo 

Bob Simmons: The series regular stuntman is the actor appearing in the gun barrel sequence at the beginning of this movie. The same footage was used in From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964).
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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.
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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.
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Body Count: sixteen.
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Strangways (played by Tim Moxon) is shot at the beginning by the "Three Blind Mice", one of whom is played by Moxon's dentist.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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