Matisse van Rossum’s review published on Letterboxd:
A Century of Cinema Challenge: 1962
To start with a brief disclaimer, one of the rules of this challenge is that I can only watch films I haven't seen before, and it's been so many years since I've seen Dr. No, that I didn't even realize I had seen it until I started watching it, so I'm breaking that one small rule just this once.
That being said, this was a huge nostalgia trip for me. I grew up on the Sean Connery Bond films, and Dr. No brought all the memories flooding back. It isn't the best James Bond film, not even close, but it is the one that started it all, and laid the groundwork for all of the iconic Bond-isms we've come to know and love. The pacing is a little off; the film gets off to a slow start after the initial setup and it bogs down a little in the middle, but I found that it more than makes up for it in the final act, once Bond infiltrates Dr. No's hideout on Crab Key. No himself is an excellent super villain and his final encounter with Bond is great.
A fun, if imperfect film, Dr. No set the stage for one of the longest running and most beloved action franchises in cinema, and there's something about that iconic score that always sends a chill down my spine and gets me excited. I've loved James Bond films since an early age, and no amount of sloppy effects or uneven pacing can prevent me from enjoying Dr. No. It's simply too much fun. And I'll sign off by saying that Connery is, and always will be, the best Bond.