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Beach Party Blogathon

Your hosts for this cruise along coastal cinema are
Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy.

In keeping with the spirit of a beach party, there aren’t too many rules. You can post any day during the blogathon, (Jun. 8-12), you can pick a movie from any era and any genre (as long as there’s a beach involved in the plot). Click HERE to view all participants. It’s not too late to sign up!

My mother took me to see the movie, “Goldfinger” in 1965. I was 10 at the time and became obsessed with James Bond from that moment, devouring Ian Fleming’s Bond novels in quick succession. The first movie that sprang to mind for this blogathon was also a Bond film, which is set in the Caribbean and has a famous beach scene. May I present:


Dr No, Beach Party Blogathon, The Doglady's Den

Dr No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery, and first in the James Bond series . Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood and Berkely Mather and directed by Terence Young. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975. – WIKIPEDIA

The James Bond Theme, composed by Monty Norman, became a constant in every Bond film thereafter, but was only used for the opening credits here and in the subsequent film, “From Russia With Love”.

As mentioned, Dr No contains one of the most notorious beach scenes on film; plus, there’s a fire-breathing “dragon” – right there on the sand! More about that, later….

Plot Synopsis:

James Bond is dispatched to Jamaica, to investigate the disappearance of fellow agent John Strangways and his assistant. and to determine its relation to a case involving the disruption of Cape Canaveral rocket launches which the CIA is working on. He teams up with CIA agent Felix Leiter (played by Jack Lord, of future “Hawaii Five-O” fame), and local operative, Quarrel (John Kitzmiller). They learn that Strangways was checking out Crab Key Island, owned by the mysterious Dr No (Joseph Wiseman), and well protected by armed guards and the aforementioned “dragon”. It’s discovered that Dr No is behind the Cape Canaveral sabotage. Bond goes to Crab Key with Quarrel to gather evidence. This is where he meets Honey Ryder, played by esteemed Swiss actress, Ursula Andress:

Shortly thereafter, they encounter that notorious “fire-breathing dragon”:

[Mechanical Dragon for Dr. No on TrailerAddict.]

As you can see, poor Quarrel doesn’t survive the dragon; Bond and Honey are captured
and if you want to know the rest, watch the movie. 🙂


Sean Connery won the role of James Bond after producer Albert R. Broccoli attended a screening of Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959). He was particularly impressed with the fist fight Connery has with a village bully at the climax of the film. Broccoli later had his wife Dana Broccoli see the film and confirm his sex appeal. – From IMDb Trivia pages. Click HERE to continue reading.

THIS never gets old! 😀


Party hardy and check out the other participants HERE.

#BeachParty Booster, The Doglady's Den

What’s YOUR favourite beach movie?

Are you a James Bond fan?
Who’s your favourite actor in the role? Favourite movie of the series?

Looking forward to your comments!





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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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15 thoughts on “DR NO – BEACH PARTY #BLOGATHON

  1. I love James Bond films, and this one was a nice start. I didn’t see it first (my first was From Russia, With Love), but you can already see in Dr No many themes and behaviors that remain until today. And, also, the overall look of this film is amazing. I’d love to visit the beaches in the movie and stay in the beautiful houses!
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to The Den. 🙂 I agree; Dr. No was a real treat and a great beginning for the James Bond franchise. I will check out your entry and that is something I would do as a matter of course. It’s bad form to ask me to do so, which makes it very tempting not to!

  2. I think when the list is made of the movies’ most famous beach scenes, then the one of Ursula Andress has to be near the top, it’s an iconic image by now, and I knew someone would include it. Thanks for taking part in the blogathon.

    1. Welcome to The Den. I remember there being much talk about it, when the movie first came out. 🙂
      From Wikipedia:
      It is cited as the most famous bikini of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history.
      Andress’s white bikini is regarded as monumental in the history of the bikini, and sales of the two-piece bikini rocketed after the appearance of Andress in Dr. No.

      Thanks for dropping in. Loving this blogathon! 😀

  3. Back when I was going to the theater in Crown Point, Indiana to see every beach/ surf movie that came out, I likewise saw the first of the Bond films with Sean Connery. Those were definitely among my favorites, but I watched whatever was showing during the weekend. I rarely missed a film.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin’ with A to Z

    1. A fellow movie buff! 🙂 I saw those beach movies as well. Silly but fun. James Bond was more to my liking and still is. Took awhile to get used to Daniel Craig though. I wasn’t sold until the final scene of his first movie where he uttered the key words: “My name is Bond. James Bond”. Thanks for dropping by, Lee.

  4. I have not seen a James Bond movie, so that leaves me out of the loop…
    I did see Elvis Presley’s “Follow That Dream” at a drive-in, while on a family vacation, when I was a Wee Todd. That one was filmed in Florida, with lots of sandy beaches, as I recall.

    1. Hi Myke; James Bond movies are among my favourites. Lots of action and exotic locations. 🙂 I’ve seen all the Elvis movies as well and most of them did involve a beach or two. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Fun blogathon! I just watched the Dr. No videos and now I want to watch the movie. I forgot that it was the very first Bond movie. Great post. Thanks for reminding me of this film.

    1. This movie has everything going for it, especially the location. AND a young Sean Connery. 😀 One of the best in the James Bond series. Glad you enjoyed the videos. Thanks for joining the party. 🙂

  6. I haven’t seen too many of the Bond films, including this one. But it sounds like a great flick – you can’t beat Jamaica for a location!

    Thanks for joining the Beach Party blogathon, and for bringing Mr Bond with you!