RETRO REVIEW: Dr. No (1962)

Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No — Photo: United Artists / Eon Productions.

Directed by Terence Young — Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather.

Though it makes references to other Bond stories, Terence Young’s Dr. No was the very first James Bond film. With a small budget of just $1 million, Terence Young created many of the cinematic trademarks we know the franchise for. Like, the gun-barrel introduction, the iconic theme, the MI6 cast of characters, or SPECTRE. And, of course, it also features Sean Connery, one of the most iconic James Bond-actors. Looking at it today in 2021, Dr. No does seem a tad dated, and it definitely looks like a small-budget Bond film. However, it is a solid introduction to a now-iconic cinematic character.

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CLASSIC REVIEW: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Theatrical Release Poster – Columbia & Horizon Pictures

The following is a classic review of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a David Lean film.

There are some classic films that you just have to have seen at some point if you consider yourself a cinephile. Gone with the WindCitizen Kane, The Godfather, Jaws, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, and so on, and so forth. Lawrence of Arabia is another one of these special films that you just have to sit down and watch. It is a film you need an opinion on. Lawrence of Arabia is very long, and I doubt that you can find a lot of young people today that are willing to sit down for close to four hours to watch a film from 1962. But outside of the film perhaps being a bit too long, I am of the opinion that Lawrence of Arabia definitely is a masterpiece. Continue reading “CLASSIC REVIEW: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)”