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British film classics: Dr No
Sean Connery
Connery is considered by many as the best Bond
BBC News Online highlights the key movies in the development of the British film industry.

Terence Young's 1962 Bond original may not be the best movie of all time, and perhaps not even the best Bond movie of all time.

But its importance to the British film industry cannot be overstated.

According to the UK Film Distributors' Association, the 19 Bond movies since "form the backbone of the industry".

Certainly, the loyalty to Pinewood studios and to British crew, when many others would have gone to the United States, is to be admired.

Sean Connery was the first actor to play secret agent 007 and the film establishes many of the trademarks of the series, with female, glamorous sidekicks, hi-tech gadgets and exotic locations.


Shot on location in Jamaica, it also set the template for almost every action adventure film to follow and the fact the franchise is still healthy today is testament to the original film.

Director: Terence Young
Producer: Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum
Score: Monty Norman
Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee
Although tame by today's action film standards, much of the film was considered quite risque.

The action, stunts and behaviour of the lead was thought unacceptable by many at the time.

The title designs by Maurice Binder were also considered innovative, as was the fast pace of editing by Peter Hunt.

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