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Dr. No Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

007's silver screen debut with action and bikinis.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.

What to watch for
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    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.

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

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

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

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    Drinking, drugs and 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.