Synopsis: James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and a scheme to end the US space program.
Reaction: Enjoyable and not particularly full of the ridiculous set pieces and action sequences that have come to typify the Bond series in general. This is mostly just a good, fun, action piece. Bond is still Bond however. You can't change that.
To get a feel for the clothes, director Terence YoungTerence Young asked Sean ConnerySean Connery to sleep in his finely tailor fitted suit which was purchased at Turnbull and Asser Tailors and made to play James Bond.
Sean ConnerySean Connery wears a toupee in all his [James Bond] movies.
Ursula AndressUrsula Andress was apparently paid $6000 for doing the picture. She had a salary of $1000 per week for six weeks work.
[?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. BroccoliAlbert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the [James Bond films], cast Sean ConnerySean Connery because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").
Strangways (played by [?] Tim Moxon) is shot at the beginning by the "Three Blind Mice," one of whom is played by Moxon's dentist.
Producers [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. BroccoliAlbert R. Broccoli were adamant that the film be directed by an Englishman, someone cultivated enough to understand the world of 007.
At first Eunice GaysonEunice Gayson was to play Miss Moneypenny and Lois MaxwellLois Maxwell was to play Sylvia Trench, but they switched roles.
This was chosen to be the inaugural film in the [James Bond] series 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.
Although there are persistent rumors that Ursula AndressUrsula Andress was nude in the shower scene to clean her of radiation, closer inspection reveals that she is wearing a flesh-colored one-piece bathing suit.
Sean ConnerySean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was originally done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, but when this didn't look realistic enough, the scene was re-shot with stuntman Bob SimmonsBob 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.