Dr. No

  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1963
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

Common Sense Media says

007's silver screen debut with action and bikinis.
  • Review Date: November 28, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1963
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bond is a force for good, working to solve problems and protect the world from evil criminals, but he specifically works for the British government and his loyalty is to them. His methods are also questionable.

Positive role models

Though Bond is a highly skilled hero, dedicated to solving problems around the world, his methods involve killing (for which he has a license), seducing many women, drinking, smoking cigarettes, gambling, and generally bossing people around.

Violence

Several characters are shot and killed. Some blood is shown, but not much. There's also a good deal of fighting. A character commits suicide. There's a flaming car crash. One character is burned alive, though it is not graphically depicted.

Sex

Bond seduces and sleeps with more than one woman, without repercussions. There's kissing, scantily clad women, and sexual innuendo.

Language

"Hell" is used more than once, and "damn" is heard once.

Consumerism

A bottle of Smirnoff vodka is shown, and we see several crates of Red Stripe beer (in Jamaica).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bond is shown smoking a cigarette the first time he appears on camera (he makes it look cool). Many characters smoke in a background, casual way. Bond drinks his trademark vodka martini, and a secondary character is shown drinking a little too much rum. There are many other scenes of characters drinking socially.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dr. No is the first James Bond 007 movie, from 1962. It contains fighting, shooting, and killing, with a little blood shown. It's relatively tame today, but was arguably among the more violent movies made in 1962. Though Bond is a hero, striving to solve problems and protect the world from evil, his methods are questionable. He has a "license to kill," he seduces several women (no nudity shown), drinks, smokes cigarettes, gambles, and generally bosses people around. Despite all this, he projects an image of cool confidence, and he has fascinated generations of action movie fans. Since the series is still ongoing 50 years later, teens will be interested in going back to see earlier entries.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

James Bond (Sean Connery), is a British Secret Service agent who has been called upon to investigate suspicious activity in Jamaica. With the help of an earthy Jamaican (John Kitzmiller) and an American CIA agent (Jack Lord), Bond attempts to unravel the mystery of who or what is interfering with rocket launches in the States.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Not quite as streamlined or cohesive as many of its successors, DR. NO introduces James Bond, one of the most enduring figure of Western cinema, to the world. Considering how many sequels this modest action-spy film spawned, it's worth asking why this refined roué has stuck around as long as he has.

The answer, for better or worse, probably lies in the unapologetic way the film plays to undomesticated male fantasies. The action is wooden and the plot contrived, but it sure is fun to look at.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what qualities of James Bond one might want to emulate. What makes people think James Bond is cool? What is different about the world in which he lives in than our world?

  • How are women portrayed in this movie? Can you think of any movies that treat men in the same eye candy way? Who is this movie intended for and how can you tell?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 8, 1963
DVD release date:May 16, 2000
Cast:Jack Lord, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
Director:Terence Young
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAragorn King of... September 8, 2009
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Great action, maybe a bit too intense for young viewers.

This is a great old action flick. It is a bit boring at the start but the last few scenes on Dr. No's island are great. 7year old kids might be a bit scared but great movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 July 18, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Surprisingly not a very good Bond film; extremely cheesy. Since violence is quite minimal and mild, and sexual content only goes up to the point of innuendo and kissing (what surprise for Bond!), this would probably still keep its PG rating today.

My rating: PG for mild action violence, infrequent drinking/smoking, mild language and some sensuality.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bypg13rnc17 April 4, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

gppd movie

its good
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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