I've realised I hadn't watched any of the Bond films in a while, so today I decided to start going through my Bond 50 set. I'll be watching one or two of the films a day and posting my thoughts on them on the forum afterwards.
I have to admit I didn't really like this one when I first saw it. I had seen most of the later films before this so I just found it to be a little dull compared to the others. However it's grown on me on repeated viewings, so while it's still near the bottom end of the list, I find it a lot more enjoyable than I originally did.
I feel that Connery, while his performance was great, did seem like he was still trying to find his footing in the role. I don't think he got it quite right until Goldfinger.
Ursula Andress looks gorgeous, but the character isn't very interesting and I didn't find Doctor No himself particularly memorable. I mean you had all of this great build up of only having him being mentioned by other characters and then only hearing this mysterious voice, and then he turns out to be a bloke in slightly dodgy Asian makeup. I like Quarrel and get upset when he dies, since he and Bond make a great team.
I feel that most of the action scenes are pretty good for the time, the exception being the car chase although Bond's one liner at the end of it did make me chuckle.
The film is dated in some places and, due to the low budget, feels a bit cheap compared to the later films, but it does hold up a lot more than most British films of the era.
Overall, a good start to the series, but far from the best (in my opinion at least)