Film Reviews: Dr. No (1962) Part 1
The film opens by showing the audience the point of view of an enemy spy looking down the barrel of a gun. This imagery is used a lot throughout the Bond series, showing that the first film in the series is very important as it is there to start trends and themes that will be used in future films. This can also be said about the use of the perfect rendition of the well-known 'Bond Theme Tune', which is first used here.
The moving dots in this case fit the music and add some visual effects.
A common feature early on in the film are fast paced jump cuts, as seen when Strangways' secretary is also murdered.
Despite the out-of-place jump cuts, the scene ends well as Dr No's Henchman pull his file from the cabinet.
This shot raises a lot of questions about the movies Antagonist and his significance to the movie.
Bet you've guessed already, haven't you? ;)
It then cuts straight to a 'Les Ambassadeurs' (Posh Casino place) in London where the focus of the shot changes to one of the people around the table (clue: she really isn't that difficult to miss with her red dress and being the only young woman in the shot). But also in this scene we witness an Iconic piece of cinema:
|"I admire you're luck, Mr..."|
|"Bond... James Bond"|
Not long after he leaves we are introduced to another iconic character in the franchise, Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell. Throughout the scene we witness Bond and Moneypenny in close proximity with each other about... 95% of the time. Really defining their relationship throughout the Bond franchise.
As the Moneypenny scene ends James enters the room in which 'M' is first witnessed played by Bernard Lee who discusses the mission he is about to give Bond. At this point we can see that Bond obviously has a certain level of respect for him.
In this shot, 'M' is shown in a position of power. - talking down to bond although for most of the scene they are both sitting. But even when Bond is in a position of power he is made to look insecure.
Bond caught with old gun.
Bond Reluctantly puts old gun on table.
Earlier on in the scene we see Bond being forced to give up his 'Beretta' and switch it for a 'Walther PPK'.
It's hard to show with pictures but by actually watching the scene you can feel how uneasy this moment is, as he is reluctant to let go of his old gun. Although it is obvious he understands that he must obey 'M' no matter how he feels about the situation.
Yet he decides to go with the mysterious Chauffeur anyway...
It actually says a lot about Bond as a character who plays along with this man in an attempt to get information out of him, and eventually leads to the first fight scene of the franchise.
Bond arrives at the embassy before he is then goes to Strangways' place where his secretary was murdered. Again, I criticize this scene as it gives out pointless information is given through the very brief dialogue and once again jump cuts make it all seem very disjointed and messy.
This is the only useful piece of information in this scene - when we discover a motive for Bond to head down to the docks to further investigate Strangways' death. However he could have found this out at the Embassy! Meaning that this pointless scene could have been cut out completely, which would have had no negative effect on the storyline whatsoever.
That's it for the first part of the review! What did you think of it?
Part 2 will be up Shortly! :D Thanks for reading!