Meeting Felix Leiter for the First Time - Felix Leiter plays a major role in many Bond films to come (played by 6 different actors so far), but Dr. No is his first appearance and his first meeting with Bond. First played by Jack Lord, then Cec Linder in Goldfinger, then Rick Van Nutter in Thunderball, Norman Burton in Diamonds are Forever, David Hedison in Live and Let Die, John Terry in The Living Daylights, David Hedison again in License to Kill, then a great one Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale and again in Quantum of Solace. Jack Lord, David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright were the hands-down best Felix Leiters. We own Hedison’s autograph. And it is confirmed that Jeffrey Wright will return for Bond 25! He is excellent.
Honey Ryder and “No. I’m Just Looking”
Honey Ryder and “No. I’m Just Looking”Honey Ryder and “No. I’m Just Looking” - OK, Sylvia Trench was the first real Bond Girl. Then, you had Miss Taro. But, come on. Honey Rider is remembered as the first WOW Bond Girl as she walks out of the waters at Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica in Dr. No. Ursula Andres, who played Honey Rider, set the standard and a very high bar for all Bond Girls to come. This is a classic must-see scene. It reveals a lot more to us about Bond's character. Remember - most people are being introduced to James Bond in this film - and hadn't read the Ian Fleming stories. When Bond wakes up to Honey Rider singing “Underneath the Mango Tree” as she steps out of the ocean – which has become of the most famous scenes in any movie – he starts singing the song too, and she then notices him. She asks him what he is doing here, and asks if he is looking for shells, to which Bond quips, “No, I’m just looking!”
Dunn's River FallsWe have been to Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, and have climbed the falls. It is a tourist attraction now and very crowded and busy – but still worth the visit. Climbing the falls (maybe 180 feet from shore to top) is tricky and requires your guide and the help of people in your group to hold you and pull you up. It is slippery and can be dangerous – but was fun to do. And to think, this was in Dr. No adds to the thrill knowing Ursula Andres and Sean Connery were just steps away! They filmed here and on Laughing Waters beach, which used to be a private section of Roaring Falls. Here we see Honey Ryder as a very strong woman. When Bond says I promise not to steal your shells, she quips, “I promise you, you won’t either” as she wields her knife that was held on her side by a wide belt. In the original manuscript, which we examined, Honey Ryder walks out of the ocean to the shore wearing just the belt and knife! As a side note, Ursula Andres sold this bikini at auction on February 14, 2001, for the equivalent of about $60,500! Belt was included! Honey Rider and “No. I’m Just Looking” Yes! We'd be looking too!
The Dragon – Runs On Diesel Engines!
The Dragon - Runs On Diesel Engines! Quarrel has talked about the island legend of a fire-breathing dragon on Crab Key and that is why no locals want to venture to this island. After Bond and Quarrel arrive at Crab Key, after meeting Honey Rider, they find that they must do battle with this fire-breathing dragon. It is a dark scene, in all respects: a night scene, and a battle with the dragon operated by merciless killers. A tough scene for Quarrel, to be sure. The Dragon is of course, is some type of specially equipped vehicle outfitted with a flamethrower and run by some of Dr. No’s henchmen. It’s the intro of technology to do things you need to do –here, to scare people away from Crab Key. Of course, later we see Dr. No’s real technology – interfering with the USA Missile launches with a sophisticated nuclear facility and radio beam (in the movie version of course).