Honey Ryder - Ursula Andress
The ultimate Bond woman. Intelligent (if undeniably neive), resourceful and courageous, Honey set the standard for the girls who would follow in her footsteps. Bond first encounters the stunning beauty on the beaches of Crab Key where she is searching for valuable shells. An orphan from an early age, Honey is self-educated and quite capable of defending herself (as evidenced by her using a black widow spider to mortally wound a rapist). Her father was a marine biologist who had died in mysterious circumstances while exploring Crab Key. Honey almost shares her father's fate when she and 007 are captured by Dr No. Although Honey openly flirts with Bond, it is not until the end of his extraordinary mission that they finally become lovers.
Despite having her voice dubbed for the film, Ursula Andress made such a striking appearance in Dr No that she not only became an international star but also sent bikini sales soaring.
Sylvia Trench - Eunice Gayson
Although she appears only briefly in Dr No, Sylvia Trench has the distinction of being the very first lady to have a romantic encounter with the cinematic James Bond when she flirts with him while playing Chemin de Fer at the posh London casino, Le Cercle. It is to Sylvia Trench that 007 first makes his immortal introduction, 'Bond ... James Bond'. Despite losing a hefty sum to Mr Bond, Sylvia proves to be graceful in defeat by sneaking into Bond's apartment and greeting him wearing only one of his dress shirts. Her seductive tactics cause Bond to delay his departure for Jamaica from 'immediately' to 'almost immediately'.
Dr Julius No - Joseph Wiseman
The first in the infamous line of perverted geniuses who do battle with James Bond, Dr Julius No remains one of the cinema's most legendary villains. Superbly played by Joseph Wiseman, he is a truly unique character and his presence so dominates the film that it is almost a revelation to realize that he is not seen until the final third of the movie. Setting the example for Bond bad guys to follow, Dr No may be a ruthless murderer with a Napoleon complex but her certainly gets top marks as a host, wining and dining the captive Bond while calmly explaining his unnorthodox background. The son of a German missionary and a Chinese woman, No became the entrusted treasurer of the notorious oriental crime syndicate, The Tonhs. He absconded with $10 million of their funds and became a member of the secret terrorist organization SPECTRE. From his atomic-powered fortresses disguised as a bauxite mine on the private island of Crab Key off the Jamaican coast, No established his own mini-kingdom from which he sabotaged the American space programme. His wealth and success had a price, however - the loss of his hands in an experiment. Thus, he replaced them with metallic hands capable of crushing stone. Ultimately, 007 manages to thwart his imminent plan to sabotage another US rocket. In the ensuing fight to the death, Dr No falls into a pool of boiling hot, radioactive water, a rather hideous death until one compares it to his demise in Fleming's novel where he was buried under a mountain of bird guano.
Professor Dent - Anthony Dawson
In his role as a Jamaican geologist, Professor Dent is the very picture of respectability. He befriends Strangways, the British Intelligence agent who is investigating Dr No, and frequently plays bridge with him at the Queen's Club. In reality, Dent is a henchman for Dr No and plays a key role in the murder of Strangways. When 007 suspects Dent, the professor tries to assassinate him by placing a tarantula in 007's bed. When Bond emerges unscathed, Dent tries to do the job himself by ambushing 007 at the home of the seductive Miss Taro. Instead, he finds Bond waiting for him with Walther in hand. The sequence in hich Bond calmly shoots the Professor Dent was shortened after censors complained that Dent's death was cold-blooded murder.
Miss Taro - Zena Marshall
This exotic femme fatale works by day as the secretary to Pleydell-smith, the British foreign secretary in Jamaica. However, she 'moonlights' as a spy for Dr No, and passes on top-secret information. Miss Taro invites James Bond to her house in the Blue Mountains for an erotic evening. In reality, it is a set-up for his assassination. After enjoying a sensuous session in Miss Taro's bed, Bond demonstrates the true meaning of coitus interruptus by having her promptly arrested. A short time later, his suspicions that he has been targeted are proven true when Professor Dent appears at the house in an unsuccessful attempt to murder him.
'The Three Blind Mice'
These are a trio of supposedly Blind beggars in Kingston, Jamaica, who, in reality, are paid assassins working for Dr No. It is they who murder British agent Strangways and his secretary Miss Trueblood and set into motion the assignment which brings 007 to the island. The 'blind men' are first seen over the film's main titles accompanied by an orchestration of the song 'Three Blind Mice'. They make their final appearance in a chase sequence during hich they use the hearse they are driving to try to force 007's car over a cliff. Bond turns the tables and the would-be assassins take the plunge, causing Bond to remark casually, 'I think they were on their way to a funeral.'
The Photographer - Margaret LeWars
This beautiful, mysterious Jamaican freelance photographer makes several attempts o snap 007's picture before Bond and Quarrel seize and interrogate her. Realizing the photographer is on the rayroll of Dr No, Quarrel calmly asks 007 if he should break her arm. Bond, ever the gentleman, settles for destroying her film and releasing her.
Mr Jones - Reggie Carter
An agent of Dr No, Mr Jones disguises himself as a chauffeur sent to collect Bond from Kingston Airport. Agent 007 smells a rat and confronts Jones on an isolated road, using judo to disable him. Jones chooses to bite into a cyanide tablet rather than risk being interrogated. Stunt man Bob Simmons doubled for Carter in the fight with 007.
Quarrel - John Kitzmiller
Although viewed as condescending today, the character Quarrel was something of a break-through in 1962 in that it presented a black man as tough and courageous. Played with immense charm and skill by John Kitzmiller, Quarrel is a seemingly lazy Jamaican fisherman. In reality, he works for the CIA and assists Felix Leiter with local operations. Quarrel is presented as a somewhat childlike individual who is terrified by superstitions and the mcuh-fabled dragon which allegedly prowls Crab Key. However, this decpiction cannot be attributed to radical stereotypes, as Honey Ryder is presented as equally naive (although the sequence in which Bond instructs Quarrel to 'fetch my shoes' is painful to watch today). On the positive side, Quarrel is a loyal and gallant ally to Bond and his fear of Crab Key turns out to be justified when he falls victim to the dragon (actually, a tank equipped with a flame-thrower). The death of Quarrel fills Bond with quiet rage and is one of the most sobering moments in the series. Quarrel's legacy continued to thrive a decade later, however, when his son Quarrel Jr assisted Bond in Live and Let Die
Felix Leiter - Jack Lord
Leiter is the CIA agent assigned to Jamaica to work with James Bond to investigate the activities of Dr No. As in the novels, Bond and Leiter would go on to share numerous missions. Curiously, the producers of the fimls had the character played by a diverse group of actors over the years, with mixed results. Jack Lord's performance in Dr No is one of the most satisfying protrayals of Leiter. He is soft-spoken, no-nonsense man of few words who exudes a cool but friendly demeanour. As in most of the films, Leiter plays only a peripheral role in the action, although he does show up in the finale to rescue Bond and Honey after their escape from Dr No's lair. Lord would go on to fame and fortune as the star of Hawaii Five-0.
M - Bernard Lee
He is Bond's crusty superior at MI6. Despite his objections to Bond's lifestyle and womanizing, M holds his top agent in high regard - though rarely praises him. The Bond/M relationship is clearly defined in this film and remains relatively consistent even today, with several actors having played the role. As in the novels, M is a retired admiral in the Royal Navy who operates MI6 from the London HQ of Universal Exports, a corporate cover for the intelligence operation. Although Bond does not fear his exotic enemies, a simple glance of disapproval from M can reduce him to a chastised schoolboy. Bernard Lee plays the role with understated skill, making M a three-dimensional character and stealing every second of his too often brief time on screen. Lee would play the role in every Bond movie up to and including Moonraker (1979)
Miss Moneypenny - Lois Maxwell
The loyal, workaholic secretary to M would have liked to have combined business with pleasure by seducing 007. The playful and flirtatious banter between the couple would become a staple of the series. Their relationship is defined in Dr No: Moneypenny makes herself available and Bond proves to be evasive. Lois Maxwell remains the definitive Moneypenny in the minds of fans, probably because she would play the role in each Bond movie up to and including A View to a Kill (1985). Maxwell has theorized that Moneypenny and Bond spent one romantic weekend together but were afraid to continue the relationship because of the effect it would have on their respective careers. None of this is spelled out in the films, however, although in Goldeneye (1995) a more liberated Moneypenny implies that the couple never became lovers.
Major Boothroyd - Peter Burton
This is the role which would eventually evolve into that of Q, the gadgets genius, and it played here for the first and only time by Peter Burton. In the first two films, Boothroyd is simply referred to as an armourer or equipment officer and the role is largely colourless. In Dr No, Boothroyd warns Bond that he should carry a Walther PPK instead of a Beretta because the former has 'a delivery like a brick through a plate-glass window' whilst the latter is more appropriate for a lady's handbag.
Puss-Feller - Lester Pendergast
This owner of a Kingston nightclub assists Bond, Leiter and Quarrel. In the novel, we are told that the character's bizarre name stems from his legendary battle against an octotpus. In the film, he is known for wrestlying alligators, thus leaving the origin of his name inconsistent.
John Strangways - Timothy Moxon
The British MI6 agent in Jamaica investigates the activities of Dr No, Strangways makes a fatal mistake by informing his friend Professor Dent of his findings. Dent, a double agent for No, arranges to have Strangways assassinated by 'The Three Blind Mice'.
Dr Julius No
'Three Blind Mice'