Run time: 110 mins
The one that started it all. This is how you debut a beloved book series on film, and Connery hits the ground running as the suave secret agent.
Looking back on Dr. No after 24 films, it appears modest in comparison, with 007 doing his job without the assistance of elaborate ordnance or eye-popping gadgetry. Yet so much of the Bond mythos is already in place the second Dr. No begins: the gunbarrel; the “Bond, James Bond” introduction (this being the perfect iteration – white dinner jacket, cigarette loosely on the lip); the secret lair; and of course, the girls, of which Ursula Andress still holds the crown.
Dr. No himself, an evil genius with metal hands, is about as ludicrous and clichéd as his elaborate stronghold, but there’s a quiet intensity to him that is rarely seen in other Bond villains.
Since then there have been bigger Bond moments. More dramatic Bond moments. Funnier Bond moments. Tenser Bond moments. But 60 years on, there is still no cooler Bond moment than his introduction – and there never will be. (Jack Whiting)