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Dr. No (James Bond (Original Series) #6)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  12,556 Ratings  ·  638 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, 189 pages
Published 1960 by Pan Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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Apr 17, 2015 David rated it it was ok  ·  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
Aug 26, 2016 BrokenTune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘Morning, Armourer. Now I want to ask you some questions.’ M.’ s voice was casual.
‘First of all, what do you think of the Beretta, the .25?’
‘Ladies’ gun, sir.’ M. raised ironic eyebrows at Bond.
Bond smiled thinly.

What fun!

After the last installment of Bond had left me filled with rage for a while, this one was quite a surprise. There is less politicking in this one. Without much concern for with the Cold War as such, this adventure turns to the mysterious Dr. No.

In a way, Dr. No seems to be a br
Richard Derus
Jun 28, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Bond
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
Jesse A
Entertaining book, if you can get by the casual of-its-era racism. Of all the Bond books I've read this one definitely made him seem the most vulnerable.
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
Apr 04, 2014 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 03, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 31, 2014 Oliver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spys-like-us
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
May 08, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  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
Feb 11, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2014 Adrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
Who do evil villains spend so much time gloating -- especially when your audience consists of the resourceful and vengeful James Bond? If I were an evil villain, I would calmly dock a large caliber bullet somewhere between 007's eyes. And I would enjoy his girlfriend, the cute Honeychile Rider, before doing the same to her.

I realize now why the Bond movies are so different from the books: Ian Fleming is writing for a pulp audience, so he could imagine sequences that no self-respecting film direc
Feb 02, 2016 Troy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was an exercise in a couple of things: finally read one of Ian Fleming's originals, compare it to the movie, and then try to judge it on its own merits. So I'm...conflicted.

I've known that Fleming's Bond is more of an asshole and misogynist than the movies portray him as and I've heard that the latent racism and Anglophile sensibilities he writes with are both indicative of the time period but also of the author's own prejudices. And good lord, did this dude have his characters say some rac
So, I've been reading through the Bond books lately.

Dr No has stuck with me in the same way that Diamonds Are Forever has. It's just a bit of a forgettable book. While previous entries in the Bond series have had much to offer them in terms of either character development or fun detective/spy work Dr No didn't really seem to have either. It was just a run of the mill thriller with an utterly forgettable sidekick. Which isn't to say that there wasn't anything I liked about it - it had four sce
Sep 23, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, fiction, own
I didn't like this one as much as From Russia With Love. I like the story, but it was more of the characters this time around. I still love the Bond series though.

My biggest complaint with this one was the Bond Girl. I really didn't care for Honeychile Rider. She's not the worse Bond Girl, but I didn't like her mainly for the fact she was more like this lost island girl type of persona. Fleming even compares her to a female Tarzan at one point. Her character just bothered me. Her name was kind o
Ryan Gough
Jan 31, 2013 Ryan Gough rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what to expect with James Bond. The girls, the glamour, the guano...? Birdshit plays a surprisingly prominent role in this book, i'm pretty sure they swapped cormorant poo for something more glamourous in the movie.

The opening scenes in the book are good, the "the blind men" bad guys seem suitably mysterious but it tails off badly once Bond is introduced. He just seems like such a bore, all brute force no brains, more squaddie than spy.

Fleming's prose is pretty clunky as well, the dialo
Mar 10, 2015 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adrenaline, crime
Not my favorite book, although I think it's the first movie with Sean Connery, and I remember that fondly. I should be listening to these in order--now I'm listening to From Russia With Love, which immediately precedes this, but I still think this plot is a little weak. Quarshie makes a good Bond though, and he, as do the other British celebrity actors reading these books, talk about when they first read Bond or the title they're narrating. Adds to the interest. Here he faces the nefarious Dr. N ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Matimate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, 2011
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.
Dane Cobain
Sep 12, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniel Polansky
With the exception of Casino Royale, I never really enjoyed any of the Bond movies – dated as all hell. A toupeed Connery, half-baked puns, etc. Still, there have been innumerable bad movies made from good books, and prior to last week I had sort of vaguely assumed that original Iam Fleming books fell into this category.

Incorrect. False. Wrong altogether. Dr. No is an absolutely fetid pile of crap – it is a shit sandwich, it is falling face down into an open sewage tent. It is stupid from top t
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 13, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy
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
Sep 22, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the events of From Russia With Love James Bond is sent on a mission which should be little more of a holiday. He heads to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a local agent. Bond is sure it's something to do with Doctor No and his guano mining island Crab Key.

This has many of the staples of the James Bond stories we know and love. A tropical island, a remarkable secret lair, a poisonous bug in the bed, an evil plan involving missiles and an evil maniac. Fleming had played with some
Aug 29, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller, kindle
I've taken a break in my reading of James Bond to read other things. Many other things. But I have read them all now and all that is left on my reading list are the remaining Bond books.

Dr. No was enjoyable. It dawned on me as I read it that the story is most simplistic; it's but five scenes. The classic beginning with M. where Bond is given his mission of taking a holiday. His arrival in Jamaica, hooking up with Quarrel (again) and dodging a few enemies. Then he sets sail for the island, encoun
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...
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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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