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Dr. No

By Joe MacLeod | Posted 8/13/2008

The first "Bond . . . James Bond" flick in the series that persists beyond the Cold War (and supply of Ian Fleming's spy novels), Dr. No features Ken Adams' stylish production design, bootylicious Bond bikini-babe Ursula Andress as Jamaican sea shell collector Honey Rider, and ur-Bond Sean Connery in his first take as the suave British secret agent with a license to kill (and a less informal permit to bed fine ladies on his downtime), this time around in a clash with the tasteful, erudite, and kinda patronizing super bad-guy Dr. Julius No (Joseph Wiseman) who is part of a vast criminal collective bent on extorting and subjugating the so-called Free World through various schemes. There's third-act trouble, but this movie comes closest to capturing the spirit of Fleming's novels and White Man's Burden-era world view.

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