Dr. No (novel)

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Dr. No (also Dr No and Doctor No[1]) is Ian Fleming's sixth James Bond novel, originally published on the 31 March 1958.[1] This novel was inspired by Fleming's having read Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu stories at Eton College.[2]

Dr. No was originally a screenplay for producer Henry Morgenthau III in 1956 for what would have been a half-hour television show titled Commander Jamaica.[2] When those plans came to naught, Fleming adapted the screenplay, originally titled The Wound Man.[3] In 1962, the novel Dr. No was adapted as the first James Bond feature film of the EON Productions James Bond 007 series.

The novel Dr No marks the first appearance of several James Bond signature character elements: he is officially armed with a Walther PPK pistol, and Major Boothroyd, Q, the armourer, appears.


Plot summary

From Russia, with Love ended in a cliffhanger in which Bond was poisoned by SMERSH agent Rosa Klebb and collapsed. In Dr. No, M learns from the firm's neurologist that the poison was tetrodotoxin, which paralyses the muscles of the victim while they stay fully conscious until eventually they die from asphyxiation. Bond is given first aid treatment by his friend Rene Mathis, while a doctor is urgently summoned (Klebb, we learn, is captured and has died). The Doctor had spent time in South America and had dealt with various poisons. He diagnoses curare poisoning and treats Bond accordingly, but his chances of survival are extremely slim. Nonetheless, Bond survives.

When he returns to duty, he is sent by M on a rest cure to Jamaica, a simple assignment to investigate the disappearance of Strangways, the head of Station J in Kingston, who had previously appeared in Live and Let Die. He learns that Strangways had been investigating the activities of Doctor Julius No, a reclusive Chinese-German who lives on an island called Crab Key that is said to be the home of a vicious dragon. Bond soon realizes that he is being watched. His hotel room is searched, a basket of poisoned fruit is delivered to his hotel room (supposedly a gift from the colonial governor), and then a deadly centipede is placed in his bed while he is sleeping.

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