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Preview — Dr. No by Ian Fleming
Dispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI6’s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun. But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is over.
On this island, all suspicious activity leads inexorably to Dr. Julius No, a reclusive megalomaniac with steel pincers for hands. To find out what the goo...more
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Dr. No is the sixth novel by the English author Ian Fleming to feature his British Secret Service agent James Bond. Fleming wrote the novel in early 1957 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 31 March 1958. The novel centres on Bond's investigation into the disappearance in Jamaica of two fellow MI6 operatives. He establishes that they had been investigating Doctor No, a Chinese operator of a gu ...more
Syndrome: See? Now you respect me, because I'm a threat. That's the way it works. Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it. How do you think I got rich? I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat, and when I unleash it...
[Mr. Incredible throws a log at Syndrome, who dodges it and traps Mr. Incredible with his zero-point energy ray]
- Ian Fleming, Dr. No
It is weird to visit a book that is so well preserved by a film. Maybe it was because it was the first James Bond film, but it has always stuck with me. The book was both more and less interesting. It had some great lines by Dr. No, and Honey Ryder was better developed in the book. But, still, it was hard to read the book and not think of Ursula Andress, the very first Bond Girll on film ...more
I think it’s even more noticeable with this entry in the series, as Dr. No was the first to be adapted.
Knowing the different orders of the series feels slightly weird...
Following on from the events of the previous book, Bond is sent to Jamaica in what is deemed an undemanding mission. Bond is tasked with discovering why two MI6 operativ ...more
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 ...more
‘First of all, what do you think of the Beretta, the .25?’
‘Ladies’ gun, sir.’ M. raised ironic eyebrows at Bond.
Bond smiled thinly.
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 ...more
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, ...more
***2018 Summer of Spies***
Probably the silliest Bond that I have read so far, with Dr. No being a caricature of a villain, very over-the-top! Fleming must have read some of Sax Rohmer’s Dr. Fu Manchu, another super-villain of the early 20th century (and a character who drew protests from the Chinese embassy and Japanese-Americans for the overt racism).
However, I’ve awarded half a star more than I did for the other Bond novels that I’ve read so far, both for the depiction of Jamaica (a ...more
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 ...more
with Bond fighting spiders and squids to defeat the villain.
If you are going to get all picky about it, Fleming and Bond reveal their typical misogyny, racism, colonialism and so on, sure, burn the books, but do that later; come on, let’s say what we like about the book, please! A little positivity here!
The st ...more
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 ...more
This may have been my least favorite installment so far. A pity, because it had the potential to be my favorite. The plot was so very simplistic and straight-forward. The mystery from the other installments was missing. You knew what would happen pretty much from the beginning with little to no deviation from Bond's first theories as the story progressed.
The love interest gen ...more
Unfortunately, strict patterns of behaviour can be deadly if they are read by an enemy. (c)
We are making conversation. Instead, let us talk. Both of us, I am sure, prefer talk to conversation. (c)
Clausewitz’s first principle was to have a secure base. From there one proceeds to freedom of action. (c)
courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure. (c)
But how to measure human endurance? How to plot a graph of the will to survive, the tolerance of pain, the conquest of fear? (c) Why? In ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Bond comes back after sick leave and agent M shows passive aggressive by taking away his favourite weapon and assigning him a 'vacation' assignment in Jamaica. There he comes to know that the previous agent was investigation Crab Key island belonging to Dr.No before the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.
Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James ...more