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Doctor No (James Bond (Original Series) #6)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  9,724 ratings  ·  482 reviews
James Bond travels to the Caribbean to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a secret service team. As he uncovers the astonishing truth about strange energy waves that are interfering with U.S. missile launches, he must battle deadly assassins, sexy femmes fatales, and even a poisonous tarantula. The search takes him to an exotic tropical island, where he meets a be ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1958)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

Again rating the film from 1962. Cannot read the books, they haven't aged at all well.

And in so many ways, neither has the film. Ursula Andress, the most-remembered woman in the cast, plays Honey Ryder (!), and she is the last of three women to find 32-year-old Connery irresistible. (Well DUH.) But her role as eye candy for the straight boys is all she does. Her emergence from the sea in what was for the day a teensy bikini, but for today's audiences might as well be a burqa,
Jul 27, 2014 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bond fans, indiscriminate 14-year-old boys
Was this when Fleming started to phone it in? I have enjoyed several of the earlier Bond novels, but this one was full of purple prose and even more cringe-inducing racism and sexism than usual. I mean, this is James Bond we're talking about, who was a misogynistic dick even when cleaned up for Hollywood, but Dr. No is pretty much wall-to-wall racial caricatures, along with a vapid sex kitten of a Bond girl. I know, you're saying "What makes her any different from all the other Bond girls?" Well ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Bond
Shelves: fiction
I loved this book. Best Bond book yet...possibly the best one of all time, but we'll see.

We ended the last book (From Russia With Love) on a cliffhanger. Bond is kicked with a poisoned blade by the evil lady torturer Rosa Klebb.

Now, after months of medical treatment, he's ready to go back to work. The head doctor begs M. to take it easy on Bond, but M. doesn't believe in coddling agents! He sends Bond down to what he thinks will be a relatively easy job in Jamaica. Two Secret Service agents h
With the séance concluded, we’ll let the shellacking commence. His name is Bond. James Bond. He might drive cars with a speed best reserved for the autobahn, and he might refer to women as girls, and he might have trouble keeping his penis in his pants, and the comma in his hair might be best reserved for a male underwear model by the name of Sergei, who hails from the cold war, and fights crime on the government’s dime. But like any good government agent, he sometimes shows a certain amount of ...more
A piece of movie history I stumbled over yesterday. They were doing the casting for Doctor No, the first Bond movie, and Julie Christie, who was just starting to get seriously famous, was suggested to play Honey Rider. Albert Broccoli looked around for alternatives and noticed that Ursula Andress was also available.

Now, if it had been me, I'm afraid I'd have picked Christie in a flash. She was obviously a far better actress, and her rival also spoke with a thick Swiss-German accent. But Broccoli
James Bond is racist, sexist, misogynistic, you-name-it-ist. He is the antithesis of everything I believe in.

But, but... it's all so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh? I mean, I've started this project with my brother in which we're watching all of the James Bond movies in order, and then I'm reading the book of the same movie, after watching it. (Yes, this means reading the books out of publication order, but I can't stress about everything.) So the first movie is Dr. No from 1962. It's
Oct 03, 2013 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 007 fans
Doctor No is the first James Bond 007 novel I have read written by the original author, Ian Fleming. He was highly regarded in his day, a friend of the great Raymond Chandler, no less. You can find an often cranky interview Fleming had with Chandler on YouTube. The writer Fleming had at least three strengths: lush settings, imaginative action sequences (despite the liberal use of exclamation marks), and marvelously beautiful ladies. James is dispatched to Jamaica to deal with a minor problem of ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
"Smith and Wesson ineffective against flamethrower."
True. But that doesn't prevent James Bond and Honeychile Rider from besting the mad and ruthless Dr. No.

Best to avoid the Bond series if you're squeamish about creepy, hairy, many-legged scritchy things like tarantulas, centipedes, crabs, and scorpions. Also fearsome sea creatures like piranhas, giant squid, and octopi. The bad guys always find diabolical uses for the uncute members of the animal kingdom.

Dr. No has a more comprehensible plot
The sixth book in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, Dr.No, is a solid entry in the franchise. There are elements of the work that are particularly strong, and a few that are especially weak. As always, it's important to remember that they were meant as quick, simple paperback reads, not serious novels.

For starters, this is the rare Bond book whose beginning ties in to the ending of the previous one, From Russia with Love. There, Bond had been stabbed with a poison by Rosa Klebb, and was dying as
As I stated in my review of Casino Royale, I was surprised to find that Bond (as created by Ian Fleming) was not a superhero but was a regular man with physical vulnerabilities (aside from the weaknesses of the flesh that the Hollywood movies put such strong emphasis on). I like the book version better (even though I love the movies and have seen all of them), because they are much more realistic.

This was a good book, similar to the storyline of the Hollywood movie. Bond travels to the Caribbean
I am familiar with the story of Ian Flemings Doctor No through growing up with watching the James Bond films. However, reading the book makes you realise just how much of the story was omitted from the film, or the extent that the story and characters were changed.

Personally I was pleased to find that the book had so much more depth and intrigue, as well as giving more background to the concept of the story. I found it an easy and enjoyable read, the plot was fairly consistent and the story did
This is a bit of a guilty pleasure - like most of the Bond books. Yes, it's misogynistic. Yes, it's racist. But, it's fun. I've been reading the Bond books in order of publication (this is the sixth - though the first that I've written a review of on goodreads).

It's certainly not the most exciting of the stories but, when you read it, you can understand the appeal of the story to filmmakers - Doctor No was the first of the Bond films.

Basically, the plot goes as follows - British secret service m
May 08, 2010 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Maybe it is because Fleming's never-ending misogyny and racism finally got to me, but I found "Doctor No" to be by far the weakest book in the series.

The basis for the first of the famous films starring Sean Connery, Doctor No is one of the books that was much better realized as a film. There is not a single change in the adaptation that I don't think was a great choice, most notably adding Felix Leiter to the story and removing a ridiculous final encounter.

It does suffer from the same issues as
Or should I say Dr Yes? No. Yes. No.
This is the 6th of the Bond novels. Bond goes to the Caribbean on a "soft" mission (he got the crap kicked out of him in From Russia with Love - and M thinks he's a bit of a wuss) to investigate the disappearance of Our Man in Kingston. Little does he know he will grapple with the dastardly Dr No - he's a medical doctor honestly, but has very cold hands because they are made of METAL. Perhaps this distracting aspect of his bedside manner forced him to quit his
Rob Manwaring
Another RGB present, and am slowing knocking these off...a purely guilty pleasure this.

Random thoughts - why did they begin the films with this one- seems something of an odd choice to me. It is, when we scrape away the post-cold war setting, a frankly ludicrous plot. It really is quite odd, and Dr No's test/labyrinthe is just bonkers. Growing up with the films it is funny to read how bonkers the plots were in the novel. Generally, I think Fleming is better when the plot has more credibility -
James Bond is misogynistic and racist snob, but still the book it thrill to read. We are living in different age not. There are some social norm which were quite unknown, when the book was written. We must face the fact and take is as it lays.
dr. No is more scarier then in the movie. Russians are described as ultimate evil, yet again mind that book was written during the cold war and they simply must be ...whatever.
The exotic settings and pretty women with James tasting them whenever he could.
Benjamin Thomas
Dr. No is the 6th of the James Bond books in published order but the fact that it is the first of the Bond films, leads me to believe that this book is the first Bond novel that many readers will have read. That’s too bad because to my mind, Bond changes as a character as we move through the books. The previous novel in this series, From Russia With Love, ends on a cliff hanger with Bond’s life not only in peril but evidently over. Bond historians will know that Fleming had seriously considered ...more
While recovering from the previous novel - this is the first of the novels that implies that it follows on directly from the previous one I think - Bond is given a nice simple job in Jamaica. Of course, this is Bond, so the simple job isn't. Cue a frankly crazy story against the evil Dr. No. While the story doesn't exactly make total sense, it's an enjoyable read...
Christian Leonard Quale
If I had to sum up this book in one sentence it would probably be: "Wait... what...?"
Not only does the plot seem to be made up of scraps of paper picked from the Big Hat Of Ideas Too Fantastical To Be Permissible In Non-Fantasy Literature, but the way they are tied together seems so incredibly contrived that I find it hard to believe it's unintentional.
I know that this is a Bond book, and my expectations of these books are... well, what anyone would expect. Still... this seems like a parody of t
Dr. No is one of the stronger Bond novels, a superb tour-de-force by the enthralling Ian Fleming. You’ve probably seen the film version featuring the inimitable Sean Connery as Fleming’s protagonist, but the 007 that Fleming writes about is very different to the playboy extraordinaire that we see on the silver screen.

Here, Bond is weak and half-defeated, away on a mission to Jamaica to carry out a simple task, an investigation in to the unexplained disappearance of Commander John Strangways. Bon
Adam Stone
After From Russia with Love, Dr No is a bit of a disappointment. It isn't a bad book by any means and really is Fleming on autopilot. It reads well and almost works just as well as a travel document as an adventure story with its loving descriptions of the breathtaking scenery that Jamaica has to offer which is something that Fleming knew really well and in this book and in Live and Let Die this is really noticeable and bring to the book a realism that isn't really matched in some of its charact ...more
I was pleasantly surprised to find that much of what I loved about this novel, the first one of the Bond novels I've ever read, though I have all the movies, was Fleming's narrative concerning the Roseate Spoonbills and Cormorants. It completely played to my love of birds and nature for Fleming was an avid birder and even took the name of an ornithologist studying and writing about the birds of the West Indies and gave it to his British spy. So it was amusing to me that the thorns in the side of ...more
* The sixth Bond book.

* Second appearance of Strangways and Quarrel.

* Terrific book, from the opening in which Bond must give up his "ladies' gun," his Baretta, and accept the new Walther PPK, through the wonderful last line kicker.

* Everything clicks. Quarrel (Bond's good-humored man Friday), Honey Rider (his naive yet resourceful damsel in distress), and Doctor No (his mad, creepy nemesis); the mystery and suspense of the first two-thirds, and the excitement of the climax; and the spice of Fle
Seth Madej
With Doctor No, Ian Fleming continued his perfect sine wave pattern of a good book followed by a lousy book. Many people consider this, the sixth in the Bond series, to be the best, but hell if I can figure out why. What little plot the novel has is dull: 007 heads to Jamaica to investigate the death of a colleague, then discovers that a bad guy might be up to no good on a nearby island built of bird shit. Said bad guy, Doctor No, is a dud, little more than a sadist with hooks for hands. Honeych ...more
Arjun Mishra
This was severely disappointing on several levels, yet it still made for a decent adventure. The reason it was disappointing was primarily because Fleming had a real opportunity to re-create Bond or to re-introduce him in a way that would prevent him from becoming a stale or hackneyed character with a formula we are all familiar with and can predict. He did not do this; in fact, Bond almost becomes unlikeable in this adventure. This is unfortunate because his nearly fatal wound from his previous ...more
I read this book for a popular fiction subject at university and I'll admit that I'm probably not the target audience. Nevertheless, reading Dr No. just left me very confused as to why James Bond is such an enduring fictional character and why these books still continue to sell.

I know that the character has gone through various incarnations and the modern James Bond bears very little resemblance to Fleming's secret agent. In my opinion, this is probably a very good thing.

I mean, the character
This book is really not that much different from the movie version. The movie concentrates more on the suaveness of Bond, and it makes Dr. No a little more mainstream than the book has him, but beyond that it seems that the differences are minor and cosmetic.

Not only is the book interesting as a spy novel, it's also interesting as a kind of travel book: you get to see a picture of what the year 1958 was like.

From a literary standpoint, one of the most fascinating points about this book is the c
Yosh Han

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(Landing in Jamaica and meeting his friend Quarrel at the airport.)

Bond got into the passenger seat. It was entirely his fault. He might have guessed at the chance of getting this car. But it would certainly put the finger on him and on what he was doing in Jamaica if anyone happened to be interested.

They moved off down the long cactus-fringed road towards the distant lights of Kingston. Normally, Bond would have sat and enjoyed the beauty of it all-the s
Every hot-blooded male from the baby-boomer generation has a warm, liquid feeling about Honeychile Rider..."underneath dee mango-tree me honey...",as portrayed by Ursula Andress in the film, in what now seems like incontinence pants, a belt for a sado-masochist and a bikini-bra for Hattie Jacques...with a viscious-looking knife from Blades'R'Us! But the Fleming novel is much more explicit! And Miss Rider has a cruelly-broken nose!(ah, the tragic flaw!). The plot gets very convoluted with rare bi ...more
Alexander Spencer
Aug 16, 2011 Alexander Spencer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy lovers, exotic lovers, espionage lovers.
Recommended to Alexander by: Friend.
This is my first Ian Fleming read. I read this sixth novel first as I watched the film adaptation as a child (and of course it was the first true bond film). Now at 17 I have revisited the 'original' Bond because of my interest in espionage. The first paragraph sets the tone for the rest of the book. Great descriptions, exotic tones, one of the best described women and from my understanding more detail of Bond's character. From the beginning it is very plausible and believable, but towards the e ...more
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two
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