Dr No

(GB, 1962, 110 mins, DCP)
CAST Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell


Matinee screening Aug 24 (only) All Ages Show,  Under-19s welcome.
Evening shows introduced by Bond expert Murray Gillespie

Released in North America in May 1963 - 50 years ago - the very first James Bond movie was an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s sixth Bond novel (itself based on a rejected screenplay).

Set for the most part in Jamaica (it was filmed close to Fleming’s estate, Goldeneye), the story involves the assassination of a British MI6 officer and Bond’s subsequent investigation. Topical in its allusions to the US rocket-testing program and its anxieties about nuclear power, the film is also striking for its identification of a rogue terrorist threat independent of the Cold War - in this case, the title character, of mixed Chinese-German parentage, a brilliant scientist who aligned himself with SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.

An immediate box office success, this relatively low budget film introduces many of the iconic elements we have come to expect from the series - not just the flippant sadism and hedonism that came straight from Fleming, but Maurice Binder’s cool modernist title sequence, Ken Adams’ production design, Monty Norman’s theme music, and of course the casting of regulars like Sean Connery - 30 years old at the time, and more tough than toff - Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny).

More than anything, though, Dr No is remembered for the unforgettable entrance of Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder from the waves of the Caribbean… one of the most famous scenes in all cinema.

After the final screening of Dr No on Aug 31 please join us for a James Bond Quiz Night presided over by Canada’s foremost Bond expert Murray Gillespie. Compete individually or in teams. Prizes to be won! Admission Free but VIFC membership is required (costs $12 but comes with a free movie ticket).