With Dr. No, United Artists launched what would become one of the longest continuing film franchises and one of the most profitable.  Based on the James Bond novels from British author Ian Fleming, the inaugural film introduced global audiences to 007, the debonair, sophisticated London-based Secret Service agent who travels the world to conquer villainous activity.  In Dr. No, Bond (Sean Connery) is on a mission to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with a loyal CIA agent, Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and Leiter’s assistant. While dodging tarantulas, “fire breathing dragons,” and a trio of assassins, known as the three blind mice, Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No, a genius with devious intentions toward America’s space program!  The New York Times called Bond, “natty, naughty and nifty to the end.” 4K Digital Restoration courtesy of Park Circus

Special guest:  Lisa Funnell; Co-Director, Center for Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies; The University of Oklahoma; author of Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond and editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond

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