5 October 1962

The first of the James Bond film series, based on the novels by Ian Fleming, Dr. No, is released in Britain

“Dr. No” was the first film in the James Bond franchise, released in 1962. It is based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film was directed by Terence Young and produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. “Dr. No” is known for introducing the iconic British secret service agent James Bond, played by Sean Connery.

The story follows James Bond, also known by his code number 007, who is sent on a mission to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a fellow British agent in Jamaica. Bond’s mission leads him to the enigmatic Dr. Julius No, a reclusive scientist with nefarious intentions.

Dr. No, portrayed by Joseph Wiseman, is a criminal mastermind with a bionic hand and a secret base on the fictional island of Crab Key. He plans to disrupt American rocket launches by interfering with their guidance systems, potentially triggering a global catastrophe. Bond must thwart Dr. No’s plans and rescue the missing agent, all while navigating a web of intrigue, danger, and seduction.

Key Characters:

James Bond (Sean Connery): The suave and resourceful British secret agent known for his charm, wit, and combat skills. Sean Connery’s portrayal of Bond in “Dr. No” established the character’s enduring popularity.

Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress): A stunning and independent woman Bond encounters on Crab Key while investigating Dr. No’s operations. She is known for her iconic entrance, emerging from the ocean in a white bikini.

M (Bernard Lee) and Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell): Bond’s superior, M, and his flirtatious secretary, Miss Moneypenny, who provide him with his assignments and support.

Quarrel (John Kitzmiller): A local Jamaican ally who helps Bond in his mission.

“Dr. No” set the stage for the long-running James Bond film series, which has become one of the most successful and enduring franchises in cinema history. The film’s formula of espionage, action, gadgets, and charismatic characters became a template for subsequent Bond films. Sean Connery’s portrayal of Bond in “Dr. No” contributed significantly to the character’s iconic status.

5 October 1938

In Nazi Germany, Jews’ passports are invalidated.

On October 5, 1938, the Reich Ministry of the Interior invalidates all German passports held by Jews. Jews must surrender their old passports, which will become valid only after the letter “J” has been stamped on them.

The government required Jews to identify themselves in ways that would permanently separate them from the rest of the German population. In an August 1938 law, authorities decreed that by January 1, 1939, Jewish men and women bearing first names of “non-Jewish” origin had to add “Israel” and “Sara,” respectively, to their given names. All German Jews were obliged to carry identity cards that indicated their heritage, and, in the autumn of 1938, all Jewish passports were stamped with an identifying red letter “J”. As Nazi leaders quickened their war preparations, antisemitic legislation in Germany and Austria paved the way for more radical persecution of Jews.

5 October 1962

The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, is released.


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

In the film, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American space launch with a radio beam weapon. Although the first of the Bond books to be made into a film, Dr. No was not the first of Fleming’s novels, Casino Royale being the debut for the character; the film makes a few references to threads from earlier books. This film also introduced the criminal organisation SPECTRE, which would also appear in six subsequent films.

Produced on a low budget, Dr. No was a financial success. While critical reaction was mixed upon release, over time the film has gained a reputation as one of the series’ best instalments. The film was the first of a successful series of 24 Bond films. Dr. No also launched a genre of “secret agent” films that flourished in the 1960s. The film also spawned a spin-off comic book and soundtrack album as part of its promotion and marketing.

5 October 1945

A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators takes a turn as riots break out at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.


On October 5, 1945, Hollywood Black Friday or “Bloody Friday” as what they said in the history of organized labor happened in the United States. A six-month strike by the set decorators represented by the Conference of Studio Unions has boiled over into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios in Burbank, California. The strike helped the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 and led to the eventual breakup of the CSU and reorganization of then rival International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees leadership. An estimated 10,500 CSU workers went on strike and began picketing all the studios resulting in delays of several films.