Have you ever watched a series for years, then watched the first episode that was ever made, and was shocked at how different it was from the way it currently is?  Well, that was the case with me when I watched “Dr. No.”  There’s no pre-title, over the top, action sequence.  There’s no over the top, 30 minute action sequence at the end.   There are many quiet scenes where Bond is just doing everyday things like fixing himself a drink, or looking over his hotel room.  And there are no cool gadgets.

What we do have is an ultra-cool, very young Sean Connery at the height of his machismo!  We have a young, ultra sexy Ursula Andress!   We have a villain who is supposed to be half Chinese, half German; and played by a white dude with special make-up to make his eyes look Asian!  And for this Blu-ray disc, we have an excellent transfer and restoration from the original camera negative.

“Dr. No” has James Bond sent to Jamaica to investigate a missing field operative.  It turns out a villain named Dr. No had the agent killed in order to stop his investigation into Dr. No’s secret hideout and the evil things he is doing there.  Along the way, Connery meets Andress and they both infiltrate Dr. No’s base in order to stop this pseudo-Asian from making the world a worse place.

This movie is far from my favorite Bond movie; but it still deserves respect and high praise because it’s the one that started it all, and it has the stunning Ursula Andress.   Let’s also keep in mind this movie came out in 1962, and for that time, “Dr. No” had a ton of action, and it oozed lots of cool.

One of my memorable, movie moments is — of course — Ursula Andress’ first scene when she is coming out of the ocean wearing her bikini and knife.   She is a gorgeous woman; and possibly the finest product to come out of Switzerland.   Sorry, Swiss Army Knife, you’ll have to take a back seat to Honey Ryder.

My most memorable, movie moment is the scene where M tells bond to stop carrying a Beretta semi-automatic pistol, and switch to a Walther PPK semi-automatic pistol.  Wow!  I never knew Bond carried a Beretta early in the series.

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