Dr. No

Trivia: Sean Connery started going bald when he was 21. In 'Dr. No' (he was 32 then) and any subsequent movies in which he has hair, he was actually wearing a hairpiece.

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Suggested correction: Contrary to popular belief, Sir Sean Connery was not wearing a hairpiece in his first two outings as James Bond. Although he was already balding by the time Dr. No was in production, he still had a decent amount of hair and the filmmakers used varying techniques to make the most of what was left. By the time of Goldfinger (1964), Connery's hair was too thin and so various toupees were used for his last Bond outings.

Trivia: Because Dr No's lair is underwater, you can see fish swimming through the windows. However, an error was made when using footage of fish, so they look larger than they should. In order to get around this, they added in dialogue where Dr No explains how the window works like a magnifying glass.

Trivia: In the scene in Dr No's apartments, Bond does a double-take at a painting displayed on an easel. It was in fact a copy of Goya's "The Duke of Wellington", the original of which had been stolen in a raid on a museum shortly before filming began. Producers thought that it would be interesting to conceive that "Dr No" himself had arranged for the real-life theft.

Trivia: Author Ian Fleming originally asked Noël Coward to play the part of Dr. No. Coward replied in a telegram: "Dr. No? No. No. No."

Trivia: Though this is the first James Bond film produced by MGM, it is not the first Bond film. The first one was a made-for-TV adaptation of Ian Fleming's book, Casino Royale.

Trivia: Ursula Andress was dubbed throughout the film by Monica Ver der Zyl, with the exception of when she sings "Underneath The Mango Tree" when she first appears. Her singing voice was then provided by actress Diana Coupland, best known for her role in the 1970s British sitcom "Bless This House".

Trivia: The role of Sylvia Trench was originally offered to Lois Maxwell, who instead went on to play "Miss Moneypenny" for the next 14 Bond films.

Trivia: The scene in which Dr. No's men fire at Bond had to be shot twice. The first time, a detachment of U.S. Navy officers, who were on leave, ran over to the bay where filming was taking place to investigate the gunfire.

Trivia: Ian Fleming wanted his cousin, Christopher Lee, to play "Dr. No". Due to other projects, Lee had to turn the role down but was later cast as "Scaramanga" in "The Man With The Golden Gun". Actor Max Von Sydow was also offered the part; he would later be cast as "Ernst Stavro Blofeld" in the non-Eon film "Never Say Never Again".

Trivia: In the first draft of the script, "Dr. No" was a monkey .

Trivia: Dr. No doesn't appear until nearly 90 minutes into the movie.

Trivia: A mistake in translation saw the film being released in Japan with the title - "We Don't Want A Doctor".

Trivia: The actor appearing in the gun barrel sequence at the beginning of the film is actually stunt man Bob Simmons. The same gun barrel with Simmons was used for the first three Bond movies.


Trivia: Ursula Andress was offered the role after the producers saw a picture of her in a wet T-shirt contest.

Trivia: Ian Fleming didn't like the casting choice of Sean Connery, saying he was "too thuggish" to be Bond. After seeing the film, Fleming liked him enough that he went back and ret-conned Bond's biography to make him Scottish.

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Trivia: Crab Key is an anagram of "Car Key B", which was writer Ian Fleming's favourite key for opening his car.

Trivia: The film was supposed to cost $1 million, but when the budget overran by $100,000, the studio seriously considered shutting down the entire production.

Revealing mistake: When James Bond has a spider on his arm, one can see he's under a glass plate, and the spider on top of the plate. (00:41:55)

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Question: When James Bond goes to see Professor Dent at his office, it's morning. After he leaves, Dent goes out to Dr. No's island and picks up the caged tarantula. The next time we see Bond, he's returning to his hotel, and it's night, probably late, as he goes to sleep soon after. Where did Bond go between seeing Dent in the morning and returning to his hotel that night?

Answer: It's obvious what he does between those times. In "Goldfinger," Felix Leiter sees him just moseying off between an event and the climax of the movie and says to his pal "Ten'll get you one it's a drink or a dame." No doubt Bond's using his time...productively.

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