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Dr. No

(James Bond (Original Series) #6)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  16,680 ratings  ·  865 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 1958)
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Notes: James Bond teams with noble savages against aberrant hybrids: the trans-human recluse and his bi-racial henchmen.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Doctor No (James Bond, #6), Ian Fleming
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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Incredible: I was wrong to treat you that way. I'm sorry...

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]

Sep 27, 2011 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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, strict patterns of behaviour can be deadly if they are read by an enemy."
- 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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the Bond series is always going to have the baggage of the movie series hanging over it, after all it’s the fourth highest grossing franchise of all time!

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
Feb 09, 2014 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
Aug 21, 2016 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
Richard Derus
Aug 07, 2013 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,
The reason why Ian Fleming is one of my favorite authors is because he never disappoints his readers with his books. Each one is a masterpiece!
3.5 stars

***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
Jason Koivu
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy, fiction
Ah, at last the bad guys are really starting to turn into the caricatures I know and love from their movie versions. Metal claws for hands is an awesome touch (no pun intended...well, maybe a little). Doctor No's overly detailed explanation of his operation, as well as his super elaborate method of execution is hilarious. The movies really took that aspect and ran with it. Kudos to them!
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2009 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
David Schaafsma
Dr. No is a film I have seen a couple times in my lifetime and recall enjoying for the sheer entertainment (i.e., Ursula Andress with Sean Connery),

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
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
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.
aPriL does feral sometimes
James Bond has been sent to Jamaica for a fun assignment - to act as an inquiry agent. He resents this. He loves Jamaica, but he hates that M thinks his last assignment (From Russia With Love) has wrecked him. He's afraid, not that he will ever admit to M he HAS fear, that M might be wondering if Bond should be permanently on light duty from this point on. Oh well. Bond will soldier on. He's also mourning the loss of his beloved .25 Beretta. The Secret Service's Armourer took away the Beretta, e ...more
In this installment Bond finds himself on a lazy vacation in Jamaica to mend from his last mission, or so M thought...

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
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A kind of sequel to From Russia with Love, this novel picks up several months after the cliff-hanger ending of that novel. We learn that Bond has survived Rosa Klebb's poisoned stiletto thanks to some quick thinking by his associates. After a long period of convalescence M decides that Bond is due for a "working vacation" in Jamaica to follow up on the disappearance of another operative, Commander John Strangeways, and his mistress. It seems that Strangeways was looking into the activities of a ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1958 and the basis for the first movie.

Good detailed writing. At book #6, Fleming's Bond has really separated from Broccoli's film Bond. I prefer the one on the written page.
Nov 20, 2008 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
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
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dr.No is one of the James Bond movies, I can never be interested to watch. The book is worse with a wafer thin espionage theme and an unimaginative mad scientist villian who is so dumb that untrained village belles can outwit him!

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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The James Bond literary franchise is a series of novels and short stories, first published in 1953 by Ian Fleming, a British author, journalist, and former naval intelligence officer. James Bond, often referred to by his code name, 007, is a British Secret Service agent; the character was created by journalist and author Ian Fleming, and first appeared in his 1953 novel Casino Royale; the books are set in a contemporary period, between May 1951 and February 1964. Fleming went on to write a total ...more
Mar 31, 2014 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
Oct 01, 2013 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
Dec 11, 2015 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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
If Casino Royale is the standard you hold these books to, you may be disappointed in the rest of the series. *raises hand*

TW: misogyny, racism
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