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James Bond: Dr No

I'd thought about starting each of these posts with an inventory of who's who in each movie. Bond, M, Moneypenny, the girls, the bad guys, etc. Then I started thinking about all the millions of other things I could include (cars, poker, drinks) and I figured I should quite while I'm ahead. All that's really important to keep track of is which 007 we're talking about. And the theme songs. I like the theme songs.

The film that kicked off one of the biggest film franchises in history, Dr No, introduced the masses to Ian Flemming's James Bond, in the form of one Mr Sean Connery. From his first moments on screen, he fully embodies the most suave secret agent we know. No learning curve there.

I've said before that I have trouble getting into older films. Sadly, there's a bit of that going on here for me too. I'm so jaded by today's big flashy blockbuster action flicks, that it's tougher for me to appreciate these more understated but smart films. It seems strange to me that there aren't more twists and turns and that more things aren't getting blown up. But we're certainly off to a good start here.

Dr No also brings us Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, arguably the best Bond Girl in the history of Bond Girls. Certainly the most iconic if nothing else, and damn is she truly stunning.

Okay this write up isn't really going anywhere. I was distracted thru part of it cause I was trying to do my intro write up to the project instead of just sitting back and watching. But oh, we still have the theme to discuss. For the opening credits we've got the James Bond theme. The sequence starts out with some very basic visuals that are very cool. I like it less once the dancing starts and the music shifts, but we're off to a good start. I swear, as much as I love the films themselves, the opening credits are always my favorite part.

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