The first official James Bond film may seem like a modest detective thriller by today's standards, but it contained all of the ingredients that contributed to the Double-0 Seven phenomenon: the steely-nerved hero, the gorgeous and resourceful leading lady, an enigmatic villain, a car chase, outlandish set designs, tropical locations... They were heightened in later entries, but they all started here.
The plot is straightforward enough: James Bond, Double-0 Seven of the British Secret Service (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica after the disappearance of Commander John Strangways who has been investigating the "toppling" of American rockets by radio beam.
Along the way, Double-0 Seven teams up with CIA agent, Felix Leiter and fisherman, Quarrel, suspecting that Dr. No is responsible for the hostilities. Invading No's island fortress of Crab Key, Bond meets gorgeous and glamorous shell collector, Honey Ryder - but can they prevent the dangerous doctor from interfering with another launch from Cape Canaveral?
At times, it is hard to believe that the film is now nearly 60 years old, but it made an enviable contribution to cinema history in introducing the first modern action hero, setting the standard for his successors. The film's heritage will be celebrated when Daniel Craig's James Bond returns to Jamaica in 2020 for No Time to Die.
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